1 – Esteban OCON (Alpine)

2 – Sebastian VETTEL (Aston Martin)

3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)


(Performed by Johnny Herbert) 

Q: Sebastian, 2nd. That was mighty conclude. Did you bag you have been ever going to fetch past Esteban there?

Sebastian VETTEL: I don’t know what you said, nonetheless obviously I’m a chunk bit upset because I felt I was a chunk bit faster for the bulk of the trudge nonetheless Esteban didn’t manufacture a single mistake and I didn’t in actuality fetch conclude ample. It’s no longer an effortless tune to overtake so I in actuality pushed very, very exhausting nonetheless he stayed no longer off target and smartly deserved for him to celebrate his first victory. Obviously it is a edifying end result for us nonetheless when it is that conclude it’s possible you’ll perchance presumably presumably be always taking a detect at the have interaction moderately than the 2nd.

Q: Give us a chunk working out of what it was treasure for you happening to Turn 1 when all that mayhem went off?

SV: Well, I had a truly, very unpleasant delivery up nonetheless it surely turned out to be the finest situation to be. Obviously there was moderately about a stuff going on earlier than me nonetheless I took it easy and took the within line that was natty and stumbled on myself in most cases at the entrance of the pack, so that positively made our trudge nowadays.

Q: It’s your 123rd podium. That’s obtained to be an even thing for you as smartly, because in actuality that was an even performance. You didn’t have interaction nonetheless the performance was indifferent unbiased.

SV: Yeah, I bag we’re very conclude with Esteban by system of roam and I pushed so exhausting. I attempted to push him into a mistake and it’s so difficult in the center sector, the closing portion of it to pause conclude ample. In every other case I bag I would perchance perchance have tried one thing nonetheless treasure I said he did smartly to protect treasure he did and no longer scuttle into a mistake.

Q: Lewis Hamilton, what a trudge. Frustrating day?

Lewis HAMILTON: Yeah, smartly, first of all I’ve obtained to insist an big congratulations to the Alpine team and to Ocon. He’s been a expeditiously-witted star for some time now so it’s been a truly very long time coming and I’m in actuality, in actuality happy for him. It’s nice to Aston Martin up there. Their finest end result in the past and I do know there could be more to advance back. In every other case, usually now we have had a fanciful crowd this weekend so thank you for all being right here. On the present time was positively tough and we always fetch it difficult for ourselves. Loopy to assume we have been the handiest ones on the grid in the beginning up nonetheless these issues occur and we be taught from them. I gave it every thing and I had nothing left at the pause.

Q: Order us about, no longer the initial delivery up, since you presumably didn’t peek noteworthy, nonetheless the 2nd delivery up while you occur to have been the handiest man to make a choice that delivery up. What went depraved there?

LH: I was telling the team how the tune was via the lap nonetheless they said the rain was coming after we obtained in the vehicle and I believed they had varied details. I saw every person diving in, nonetheless as a minimum…

Q: Well, you’ve taken the championship lead, you’ve obtained to be cheerful with that ?

LH: Yeah, I mean, we cam right here this weekend and we positively didn’t know the arrangement it was going to head and taking into consideration in regards to the instances nowadays I’ll pick it.  

Q: Lewis, smartly performed. And your winner – Esteban Ocon, 24 years extinct, the 11th winner of a big prix. What does it feel treasure?

Esteban OCON: What a 2nd, what a 2nd! It feels so unbiased. It’s the first victory for the reason that Renault Community came back into Formulation 1. We had some difficult moments this season, which we overcame with the tea. We cam back to a fanciful roam in Silverstone and likewise you already know, victory nowadays! What can I insist? It’s unbelievable, so congrats to Fernando as smartly because I bag the have interaction is also thanks to him, the entire fights that he did, his teamwork all that. It’s been a fanciful day.

Q: You have been below an ample amount of stress from Sebastian there. You handled that fantastically. This have interaction, the vogue the team have labored so exhausting for you, the toughen you’ve obtained. What few phrases have you obtained for them?

EO: Well, unbiased a mammoth thank you, for the believe that each person is inserting in me. In difficult moments while you occur to would perchance perchance presumably be out of Q1, while you occur to would perchance perchance presumably be P17, you don’t know the build it’s possible you’ll perchance presumably presumably be precisely and the team kept a mammoth believe in me and we’re back the build we belong so that’s unbelievable. But Sebastian was mega expeditiously the final trudge, build me a mammoth stress, nonetheless we managed tyo withhold him off, so that was a edifying effort.

Q: And it was pleasing to peek Fernando waiting right here for you to advance back back. He gave you a mammoth hug as smartly.

EO: It’s been suited to work with Fernando, for the reason that foundation of the year. We’re forming an real shock duo I would insist. We’re working together we’re pushing the team to make a choice a detect at to give a boost to and fetch conclude to the pack in entrance. Every person informed me moderately about a issues about Fernando earlier than I came nonetheless every thing is depraved and I will be able to repeat you he is a fanciful guy within working and I’m in actuality taking part in the collaboration now we have together.

Q: So tonight? It’s going to be a mammoth evening for you. And mum and pa as smartly. They build moderately about a effort into your career?

EO: I wish every person was right here at this 2nd. I’m flying early tomorrow morning and we are going to have a edifying Monday, I repeat you. I wish every person was right here nonetheless it surely is difficult recede restriction-wise nonetheless expectantly that can switch soon.


Q: Esteban, with out searching for to be crude, I do know Sebastian Vettel is on a truly tight time table. We’ve obtained a entire bunch questions for you nonetheless I would perchance perchance presumably delivery up with Sebastian? 

EO: No topic. A pleasure. I in actuality have hundreds of time.

Q: Thank you. Sebastian, you said with out extend after the trudge you have been frustrated nonetheless it surely was a edifying trudge by you. What, in the pause, made the adaptation to your battles with Esteban?

SV: I bag Esteban made the adaptation. He drove unbelievable. He had a fanciful trudge and he didn’t manufacture a mistake. Frustration is maybe a mammoth observe. Obviously emotions scuttle high after the line and I was a chunk down because I believed we in actuality have a chance for a mammoth surprise nowadays nonetheless the surprise was on Esteban’s side and he deserves it, so no longer noteworthy relate detect for excuses. The fellow won his first gigantic prix and the 2nd… It’s his day and his 2nd. I attempted every thing to push him into a mistake. He had some minor lock-ups, nonetheless nothing mammoth. It’s obviously no longer easy to pass right here nonetheless it surely’s also no longer easy to pause managed and smooth treasure he did below stress. So smartly performed Esteban.

Q: You potentially did also lose one 2nd to your pit pause compared to him. Used to be that also the adaptation nowadays?

SV: Doubtless. I want to have a detect. I pushed in actuality exhausting on the vogue in and potentially a chunk too exhausting and locked the rears and precipitated the anti-stall. Then I pushed treasure loopy on the out-lap. It was conclude nonetheless… yeah. I attempted, you already know. I n the pause I in actuality have not any regrets. I in actuality tried to fetch a distinction. I knew we have been coming from an extended system back. Like I said, it’s no longer our trudge lost, it’s his trudge won.

Q: It’s been about a years since you closing won a trudge, unbiased how noteworthy did you fetch pleasure from a trudge-long fight at the entrance?

SV: For particular it’s more thrilling. In the pause it’s what I’m utilizing for. I’ve been in that build for thus decades. I knew that nowadays we obtained lucky nonetheless it surely was a edifying feeling to fight for one thing meaningful, for the rostrum and for the have interaction for the entire trudge, so I did fetch pleasure from that. Actually loved the sprint nonetheless I was buying for that climax that didn’t advance. But yeah, then all all over again, I bag it was stress-free nowadays.

Q: You insist you obtained lucky, are you able to unbiased talk us via the first 500 metres of this gigantic prix?

SV: Yeah, with the first delivery up, I had a truly unpleasant delivery up and it turned out to be the wonderful situation to be, so I did lucky fetch lucky in the pause. I took barely margin and of us in entrance… In these instances it’s so easy to fetch a mistake and as we saw it will likely be moderately costly. I in actuality deliberate to be on the within and it turned out to be the placement to be. Assorted of us have been taking every varied out and I had a obvious tune. Esteban obviously reacted at the closing 2nd and was on a identical trajectory then and we have been in an even situation. With the restart it was obvious potentially for both of us to head slick. I was surprised to peek Lewis staying out and that made our trudge.

Q: Esteban, the floor is now yours. Initially, are you able to are trying and position into phrases what this capacity to you?

EO: Yeah, I mean what a fanciful 2nd. I don’t have noteworthy phrases, to be unbiased. It’s loopy. We have been unbiased speaking about it with the team no longer too long prior to now, that your next step to fetch for us incessantly is the slay step, as we did P2 closing year. We weren’t searching ahead to that to be nowadays, for particular. I would be cheerful in regards to the believe the team build in me, you already know? We advance from a 2nd the build three difficult races, the team gave me believe on that. We overcame the difficult topic and stumbled on our roam back in Silverstone and this weekend, I bag it has been a edifying quali and a fanciful trudge, you already know? In spite of every thing there has been moderately about a incidents in that trudge nonetheless you already know, as we’re in the build, we’re chasing alternatives the final time. On the present time we obtained it, so what a 2nd. I will be conscious that with out a slay in sight.

Q: Esteban, you’ve dreamt of this 2nd since you first began karting. Used to be that bag from the slay step of the rostrum as you dreamt it would be?

EO: Exactly, yes. Exactly, yes. And on this tune as smartly. I will be able to sound uncommon nonetheless it surely’s no longer the favourite tune of many drivers, I would insist nonetheless it surely is truly apt one of my favourites, for particular. On the calendar it is in the slay two. Doubtless the first step now. But yeah, I care for unbiased coming right here and the toughen we fetch, the tune, the glide in conjunction with the circulation it has. It’s an dazzling tune. I was telling the team I didn’t have a edifying document right here nonetheless I bag the document unbiased obtained unbiased now.

Q: Here’s your first have interaction since GP3 in 2015. Did you feel rusty out entrance or did all of it advance straight back?

EO: No, I didn’t feel rusty and I’m sorry to disappoint nonetheless it surely’s less complicated to fight at the entrance treasure we did now, to build up the opponents that are in the back of, than to fight in the midfield how we’re doing. Here’s noteworthy tougher. So, you already know, we had unbiased coaching the final time. The total time in Formulation 1 I had barely unbiased coaching. The fight in the midfield is plenty tougher than what’s happening in the entrance. It was exhausting with Seb inserting moderately about a stress, he gave me a exhausting time nonetheless you already know, while you occur to would perchance perchance presumably be ahead, it’s possible you’ll perchance have got natty air. You incessantly is the one who is dictating the roam on such a tune. And yeah, in the pause we unbiased made every thing ultimate, from the delivery up, which was a difficult resolution, because Lewis on the entire doesn’t pick depraved choices – never, I’ve never considered him taking a depraved resolution, so as to box while you occur to would perchance perchance presumably be P2 on the motorway, it’s a chunk heart-breaking before every thing, nonetheless cheerful that we did it because we have been an extended system ahead and yeah, the guys did a edifying pit pause as smartly. I heard you insist that Sebastian had a leisurely pause, that’s potentially what made the adaptation because they would potentially have undercut us on that, so yeah, the guys in the garage all all over again, high job by them.

Q: Sebastian said earlier that you have been inch-ultimate out entrance – nonetheless have been there any moments at all all the arrangement in which via the big prix the build it obtained conclude?

EO: Sure!

Q: I’m taking into consideration of one instance I bag with Antonio Giovinazzi as he was popping out of the pits.

EO: Sure. I was no longer taking part in blue flags, I in actuality want to insist. Blue flags and me isn’t any longer a edifying tale, either in the back of or now in entrance. Yeah, it was very, very conclude. When I obtained the dirty air, I bag we have been a chunk bit slower general than Sebastian in this trudge and that slowed me down, in most cases. I was struggling to fetch into the blue flag or Antonio, for him to obvious, and Sebastian obtained DRS resulting from that, and yeah, I mean he practically made a transfer. He was very, very conclude. A little bit too conclude for comfort. I unbiased managed to position the opening then, in the tight portion and yeah, the vehicle felt amazing in that tight portion. Shall we pull the opening, so yeah, no longer all below modify nonetheless yeah, unbiased ample!

Q: I asked Sebastian this query, would perchance perchance presumably you unbiased talk us via the opening moments of the authentic delivery up?

EO: Sure, we had a chat with Lance earlier than the trudge because Lance is an suited starter in races and he loves those instances as noteworthy as I manufacture on the entire. We always pause up nearer to the entrance on those, and he said it’s the 2nd to head, it’s easy to fetch a mistake, obviously, nonetheless I’m cheerful he averted me. He made, obviously barely a system for me, so I obtained a chunk lucky. In spite of every thing. But, y’know, I’m cheerful I would perchance perchance have been in the back of Lewis.

[Lewis Hamilton joins the press conference]

LH: I’m so happy for you buddy, been a truly very long time coming.

EO: Sure!

Q: Esteban, right here is your team’s first have interaction for eight years. Horny report what goes to occur later tonight.

EO: It is an suited 2nd in my career. I don’t have phrases to report it – nonetheless it surely’s the first have interaction for the Renault Community since they came back in Formulation 1. After what we’ve been via, after the difficult times, unbiased the believe that they’ve build in me, I’m cheerful that they fetch this reward. I also favor to insist a special thanks to Fernando who has been struggling with treasure a lion in that trudge, because that potentially contributed also to giving us a gap, giving us barely a breather. I said it to many alternative press on the market, I obtained moderately about a unpleasant comments about Fernando earlier than he joined the team and I repeat you that we’re forming a edifying duo together, we’re pushing the team in the same route and expectantly it’s the first have interaction of many for us and expectantly we are in a position to portion a podium in short moments.

Q: Lewis, it’s nice to peek you. You’ve driven 277 grands prix nonetheless we’ve no longer incessantly considered you detect this drained after a trudge. Can you unbiased report how tough it is and the vogue you’re feeling?

LH: All all over again, unbiased a mammoth congratulations to this dude right here. What a fanciful end result for him and his team. Fernando gave me hell on the market! It was suited racing, barely on edge as a minimum once nonetheless nice racing. And yeah, in actuality difficult weekend, or day, obviously I had moderately about a work to manufacture from the back. Very exhausting to employ right here nonetheless unbiased giving it absolutely every thing correct unless the closing lap. I hoped that I would perchance perchance presumably presumably elevate these guys. Possibly about a laps more we would perchance perchance have barely a duel – nonetheless I’m in actuality cheerful that we did not favor to any extent additional laps because right here is amazingly noteworthy wanted. I bag in his recede, this shows to every person on the market his doable. He’s racing against a two-times World Champion. Fernando’s no longer an effortless driver to beat. So this in actuality speaks volumes. I’m unbiased so exhausted afterwards. It was truly apt one of many most uncommon experiences I’ve had on the rostrum.

Q: You talked about Fernando Alonso. How noteworthy did you fetch pleasure from your battle with him on the market nowadays?

LH: Yeah. Now, taking a detect back on it, it was amazing. It in actuality, in actuality was unbelievable. I wish the vehicles would perchance perchance presumably apply nearer and exasperated for what the vehicles are treasure next year. Hopefully that eradicates moderately about a that unpleasant drafting that now we have right here. But yeah, it’s a truly difficult circuit to overtaken in fashionable, and to employ namely in that closing sector nonetheless nice, nice wheel-to-wheel battles. It actually was wheel-to-wheel as a minimum once and yeah… I don’t in actuality have far more to insist about it. Whenever you’re racing against a two-time World Champion he potentially is truly apt one of many hardest drivers – nonetheless unbiased. I’d insist nowadays was a chunk bit over on the restrict.

EO: He has to manufacture that to have up you in the back of!

LH: yeah, I fully fetch it and I would manufacture the same for my team.


Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Esteban, congratulations on the victory. I wondered in regards to the resolution to head to slicks earlier than that 2nd delivery up. Used to be it one thing you guys had discussed below the red flag or was it a resolution you made coming around back in opposition to the pits? And then, also, what occurred when George Russell lined up alongside you and obtained past you popping out of the pitlane and obtained past you, popping out of the pit lane? How was that out of your point of bag? Thank you.

EO: Yeah, there was plenty going on, for particular. After I saw Lewis going on Inters, I saw Sebastian in the back of on Inters, I felt moderately relaxed because, from the build we have been, there was moderately moderately about a water indifferent, clearly – nonetheless the sun came out and usually the tune was drying at such velocity that we weren’t searching ahead to I bag anybody. So, we advance into Turn One and it was dry already. So I said to the team since it’s one more delivery up after the red flag, so that it’s possible you’ll perchance presumably presumably be in a build to chat. If we weren’t in a build to chat, potentially would have been a special tale. But yeah, it was obvious to me that it was dry, so I was discussing it with the team what to manufacture. What build me in barely doubt was Lewis continuing straight – because Lewis and the team, Mercedes, they in general don’t fetch mistakes at all, so yeah, I obtained a chunk no longer sure once that occurred nonetheless it surely was positively the obvious thing to manufacture, so we box. Big pit pause by the guys, I came back in entrance of every person at the line and yeah, obtained the Medium. It was working with out extend, it was moderately warm on the market. I was moderately leisurely to react because I never did a delivery up from the pit lane treasure this, it was my first one, so I believed he was allowed to overtake, so I didn’t insist the relaxation to the stewards or the team. I though George reacted greater than us and passed us. So, I was ready to fight – nonetheless interestingly it’s no longer allowed. So, yeah, I obtained the lead back after that.

Q: (Christian Menath – motorsport magazine) Lewis, are you able to talk us via that topic, after the restart, why you didn’t pit? Invent you already know that there was the probability to pit after the formation lap and how was the communication with the team?

LH: Yeah, I do know that we are in a position to pit. Obviously all of us began on the inters and I attempted, unbiased via the formation lap, giving the team details. It was dry in the entire corners and so I kept telling them: dry, dry, dry and they said to pause out. I don’t in actuality realize nonetheless I’m particular it is high off… positively a mistake from us all nonetheless we have interaction and lose as a team and we contain the burden of the mistakes together and we unbiased preserve struggling with. The team did a fanciful job with the arrangement, with the pit stops and I unbiased needed to fetch it work on the market, so it was flat chat for the entire trudge and very, very exhausting with tyre temperatures and that nonetheless alternatively I loved it.

Q: (Rebecca Clancy – The Cases) Lewis, we’ve unbiased been informed that you needed to head and peek the team doctor since you have been tormented by fatigue and barely dizziness. To delivery with, are you OK and secondly, what manufacture you bag caused that?

LH: I’m OK, yeah. Yeah, I had honest dizziness and every thing obtained a chunk blurry on the rostrum. I’ve been struggling with all year, in actuality, with the health, you already know staying wholesome after what occurred at the pause of closing year and it’s indifferent… it’s a battle.

EO: If I will be able to unbiased soar on that. It was in actuality a exhausting trudge. In fashionable, on this tune, with the warmth, the humidity, the corners and likewise you fetch the mix. You don’t have a breather right here, so that you ought to basically fight the vehicle unless the pause. I feel flat, I feel entirely dreary as smartly. It’s no longer that Lewis has particular be troubled or no longer, nonetheless I repeat you, I could have an even sleep tonight as smartly.

LH: After you celebration!

Q: (Scott Mitchell – The Bustle) A query for Sebastian please and then if Lewis desires to weight in as smartly….

Q: Scott, can I pause you there. Sebastian has needed to head away so he’s no longer in actuality in the room so please away to Lewis.

Q: (Scott Mitchell – The Bustle) Absolutely. Lewis, Seb wore a shirt with the pleasure colours on the grid and it’s looks treasure he’s been summoned the stewards around the blueprint, to manufacture with that. It’s obviously one thing equivalent to what you had closing year along with your Breonna Taylor T-shirt and falling inferior of the FIA protocols. We don’t know, obviously, what the pause end result will likely be for Seb nonetheless are you hoping that for this bring together of thing there could be in general barely general sense applied because obviously I comprehend it breaches FIA protocol nonetheless Seb was searching for to a send a obvious message earlier?

LH: I bag it’s dazzling that Seb has taken a stance this weekend, in actuality to talk out for those in the LBGTQ+ community right here. I spoke in the foundation of the weekend and I bag it was critical for him to manufacture so, so I don’t assume he… he potentially won’t be in too noteworthy ache nonetheless now we favor to fetch a stance. We’re pushing differ and inclusivity and that community 100 per cent entails that… is incorporated in that. I’m cheerful with him for it.

Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Lewis, you appear to have made a most main step ahead as a team this weekend. Invent it’s possible you’ll perchance have got an cause for that at the 2nd and manufacture you bag it’s possible you’ll perchance presumably presumably lift it ahead beyond this trudge?

LH: I’m hoping so. I in actuality hope so. I repeat you it’s positively been a exhausting slog for us by system of searching for to… those guys with their change, they had I bag a mix of issues nonetheless they took a truly unbiased step once we obtained the midpoint. Monaco onwards was intense and the upgrade in actuality has labored and then we’ve unbiased been working on our blueprint via the weekend and searching for to extract more from the vehicle and I bag now we’re plenty nearer. This weekend has been very grand and positively pleasing to peek how grand it is compared to them so cheerful with every person back at the manufacturing facility, as I said, who continue to no longer quit. Even with nowadays, the mammoth mess-up, the team has indifferent no longer given up, preserve pushing and that’s what we manufacture. We never quit. We preserve pushing and struggling with and I’m so honoured so as to trudge for a team treasure this and we be taught from these mistakes, unfortunately, we wish they didn’t occur, nonetheless it surely’s no longer the vogue you fall, it’s the vogue you come all all over again up.

Q: (Christian Nimmervoll – motorsport.com) Lewis, at one point Toto came on the radio and he said, I bag it was ‘it’s possible you’ll perchance presumably presumably have interaction this, Lewis.’ Does that offer additional motivation for you, when it’s a special advise than Bono’s? So what does it manufacture when Toto comes on the radio, which is very uncommon?

LH: He’s obtained a edifying heart, Toto, nonetheless with all due appreciate, when I obtained the name, I was treasure, I desire whatever they’re smoking at the pause of this trudge! Since you guys have been in the past ahead and I needed to fetch one more pit pause at the same time and I was treasure, very no longer going to raise you guys…

EO: He believes in you, man.

LH: For particular, while you occur to’re on the promote it will positively seem lonely at some stages, you already know, and every so incessantly you’ve obtained such tunnel imaginative and prescient that it’s treasure ten laps, it’s treasure a lightweight year. It’s unbiased so noteworthy time has gone by in that duration of time, it feels treasure you’re travelling via time, it’s a truly, very outlandish experience and then you positively neglect that folks are on the more than a few line, so it’s nice to be reminded that they’re there.

Q: (Phil Duncan – PA) Lewis, unbiased deciding on up on some comments that you made earlier about your health. You obviously tested obvious for COVID in December and there’s obviously been plenty made about long COVID. Invent you bag that’s one thing that you’re tormented by, given what you had earlier?

LH: I haven’t spoken to someone namely about it nonetheless I bag it is lingering. I be conscious the results of when I had it and training’s been varied since then and the ranges of fatigue that you fetch is varied and it’s an real topic, as I said. Horny continue to make a choice a detect at and practice and prepare the finest system I will be able to. Yeah. On the present time, I bag, as well to the day past, presumably it’s hydration. I don’t know nonetheless I’ve positively no longer had that experience. I had that one thing identical in Silverstone nonetheless right here is system worse.

Q: (Alex Kalinauckas – Autosport) Lewis, unbiased a bid one all all over again, in regards to the 2nd delivery up. As you have been coming round, you have been reporting that there was one thing moderately heavy, left hand down on the guidance. Can you unbiased demonstrate what the sensation there, and likewise did which have any affect on the resolution-making route of whether or no longer to advance back and pit for slicks or no longer?

LH: No, it didn’t. I went to the grid on slicks and the guidance was straight and then we build the wets on and the guidance wasn’t straight and I didn’t comprehend it. As I pulled away for the first delivery up, it felt treasure the vehicle was pulling a chunk bit to the left and yeah, didn’t comprehend it nonetheless they said it was comely. I don’t assume the balance was spectacular in the trudge so this would be fascinating to peek what precisely it is, if the relaxation, nonetheless we’ll detect, we’ll struggle via it with a comely comb.


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