2019 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Interviews
What a qualifying session we had earlier!? The Canadian Grand Prix never fails to impress and there’s a reason why it’s loved by both drivers and fans alike – it’s an unpredictable race circuit and can catch the most experienced drivers out thanks to the ‘Wall of Champions’.
This weekend, it’s been the closest that we’ve seen Mercedes and Ferrari – both teams were pushing their cars to the limit today and when at one moment you thought Mercedes had it in the bag, along came Ferrari with a 1-3 for the team. Vettel scoring pole for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc in P3 and Lewis Hamilton sandwiched in between the pair!
Valtteri Bottas got caught out before the end of Qualifying – very nearly wrecking the car but managing to save things, bringing the car back for a P5 start tomorrow.
Tomorrow, we should have a great race on our hands – the front two, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, will definitely try and battle it out at the start but as we all know – a race isn’t won in the beginning, only lost.
Before race day, lets take a look and see what teams and drivers had to say following the Qualifying session earlier today and also check out the LIVE QUALIFYING UPDATES.
Scuderia Ferrari – Qualifying Interviews
Sebastian Vettel: “I’m full of adrenaline and it’s so good when you can feel the grip round every corner so you just go for it! That was one of ‘those’ laps – yeah, I’m very happy!”
“The car was a lot better today, it felt good, it felt comfortable and I’m very happy for everyone and all of the team. We managed everything today and it was all OK. It was a good day and we know that these guys (Mercedes) will be quick tomorrow so we will have a good race hopefully.”
Charles Leclerc: “It was a good qualifying session but to be honest I didn’t follow the track and I don’t think that I had the best setup. I struggled today and he (Vettel) completely deserves it so it’s going to be a fun race tomorrow.”
“We were quite strong today – especially on the long-run pace and hopefully tomorrow, we can have a good race overall.
Mercedes – Qualifying Interviews
Lewis Hamilton: “I think we gave it everything today, so I’m not disappointed. The timing was right, our procedures were good and I did everything I could. Overall, I’m happy with the job we’ve done and it leaves us in a good position for the race.”
“We had P1 for a short moment, but Ferrari were just quicker. Particularly in the last sector – they were four, five tenths faster on the straight. But, we knew they were going to be quick and that’s good, it’s what racing should be. I’m glad I’ve been able to split the Ferraris today and tomorrow is going to be an interesting race. Hopefully we can put on a good show tomorrow.”
Valtteri Bottas: “I made a mistake in the first run of Q3, had a snap and ended up spinning out of Turn 2. I was lucky that I didn’t hit the wall, but it put me on the backfoot for the second run. My second lap was pretty messy – I had a number of lockups and didn’t do a great job in the corners. It’s not a lap that I’m very proud of, but mistakes happen.”
“I need to learn from today, move on and come back stronger tomorrow. The car was feeling good and our long run pace looked strong on Friday, so I’m confident that there will be some opportunities in the race tomorrow. Overtaking is possible on this track and we’ve seen great racing here in the past, so I’ll go flat out and try to get as many points as possible.”
Toto Wolff: “Credit to Ferrari, they had the fastest car today and were very strong on the straights. Sebastian put in a stunning lap and deserves to be on pole. I think we gave them a good fight, Lewis was very quick and had two purple sectors but he lost a bit of time in the hairpin, so it wasn’t quite enough.”
“Valtteri suffered a spin on his first Q3 lap and didn’t have the smoothest run on his last attempt, but it’s still all to play for tomorrow. We knew Ferrari would be strong here and it’s going to be a close fight in the race. We’re starting on the Mediums, like the cars around us, and our long runs look positive. We’ll give it everything we’ve got tomorrow and see what happens.”
Red Bull Racing – Qualifying Interviews
Max Verstappen: “It was just unlucky today and these things happen in Formula 1. We tried to get through to Q3 on the medium but the tyre didn’t feel fantastic for us and with the traffic at the hairpin it didn’t really work out.”
“We then went out on the soft, I was on a decent lap to make it through to Q3 but then the red flag came out and I couldn’t finish the lap. Starting 11th or maybe tenth depending on what’s going on with the Haas will be tricky as I have to clear the midfield before closing the gap to the leaders. That’s how it goes sometimes and you can never predict someone being in the wall. It’s not where we want to start as I want to be fighting the leader, but we should be able to recover our positions and still have a good race.”
Pierre Gasly: “I think qualifying was pretty good. I didn’t have any tow and tried to squeeze everything I had out of the lap. I was pretty close to third place, but I think P5 is a good starting position for tomorrow and I think we can be happy with that.”
“It was all pretty close today, we just missed a little bit. Tomorrow we know we have to start with the softs and that’s going to be a bit tricky, especially as apparently the weather will be even hotter than today but I think we will make the race pretty exciting to watch. I hope we can keep the pace and we will push as much as we can to challenge the top three.”
Christian Horner: “It was a frustrating qualifying for Max today. He had good pace in Q1 and we elected to go on the medium tyre, which would have been our start tyre, mirroring the strategy of Ferrari and Mercedes. We didn’t quite have enough pace on the medium and caught traffic so needed to run again in Q2 on the soft.”
“Max was comfortably within the Q3 cut-off on his final lap but unfortunately the red flag caused by the Haas immediately stopped the session and he was unable to complete the lap. P11 for Max is obviously a disappointing grid position for what promised to be much more.”
“Pierre made it comfortably through to Q3 on the soft tyre. He then took a different strategy by running three timed laps and a strong final lap put him P5 on the grid for tomorrow’s race, which now promises to be an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.”
Renault F1 – Qualifying Interviews
Daniel Ricciardo: “I never thought I’d be so happy for a fourth place in qualifying; it feels like a pole position! It was so cool when they told me over the radio I was fourth. I’m really happy for the team today.”
“This track is fun, I’ve always enjoyed it here. We seemed quick from the start of the day. Even yesterday we were fast, but we made further improvements and managed to put it all together for qualifying. We’ll see about tomorrow, the start could be interesting. For now, we’ll enjoy this moment as a fourth in qualifying is huge for us.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “I can’t be too unhappy about that as my lap wasn’t bad, but I maybe left a tenth on the table. It’s my best qualifying of the season and we’re in a good position for tomorrow. Daniel pulled out a great lap and the overall team result today is excellent.”
“The team has worked really hard – especially on the power unit – which has made a big step from last year. We, quite clearly, confirmed that progress today. Our race pace has looked good recently, so hopefully a strong result is on the cards tomorrow.”
McLaren – Qualifying Interviews
Lando Norris: “It was a perfect turnaround compared to yesterday and a good quali result in the end. Today was an improvement but it could’ve been even better – I didn’t do a great lap at the end of Q3. But P8 is a nice result and it gives me a good starting position for tomorrow.”
“It’s a fun but tricky track and I gained in confidence with every lap. I was a long way off Carlos yesterday so I’m much happier today. I needed to turn things around and I was back on the pace in FP3. The Renaults were fast in quali so I couldn’t do a lot more.”
Carlos Sainz: “Overall, we can be satisfied with having both cars in Q3, which was one of the targets of the weekend. However, I made a mistake on my last run in Q3 and didn’t put together the lap we deserved today, which is a shame and I’m sorry for the team. I wanted to put the car as high as possible but these things can happen when pushing the limits of the track.”
“Tomorrow we’re not starting where we wanted because of a penalty which is disappointing, but I’m confident we have a good chance of moving forwards and getting some points. Our pace was encouraging so I look forward to tomorrow. I like this track and we’ll be ready to grab any opportunity out there.”