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2020 Eifel Grand Prix - Sunday
« on: October 14, 2020, 05:06:30 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

Itís tough to put what this means into words. I remember watching Michael winning all those races when I was a kid and playing racing games with my brother and choosing to play as Michael. I dreamed of being there myself, but I donít think anyone and especially me, imagined another driver getting anywhere near Michaelís records. It was beyond my wildest dreams to be equalling his number of race wins and it just shows that dreams can come true. Itís an incredible honour and something that will take some time to sink in. But I couldnít have done it without this incredible team, everyone pushing so hard and giving it absolutely everything. A huge thank you to everyone back at the factories and also a huge respect for Michael, I feel really grateful today. In terms of the race itself, it was tough out there. I had a really good start and Valtteri did an amazing job to defend into Turn 2, I wouldnít expect it to be any other way. Then it was about trying to figure out how I could beat Valtteri, so I really had to look after the tyres and make sure I stuck with him. I saw he was struggling a bit and knew the opportunity would come, but then he had the lock-up. I managed to build a good gap after that, but then the Safety Car came out. Max was right behind me and I knew I had to have a strong restart to keep him behind. I managed to catch him out which is always nice and that gave me the jump I needed. But you can see the pace Red Bull had at the end, so weíve got a serious fight on our hands.

Valtteri Bottas

Itís a frustrating way to finish a race, it was really good fun until I started to lose power during the Virtual Safety Car. The start and the battle with Lewis through the first couple of corners was nice, there was no way I was going to make it easy for him. Obviously, later on I had a lock-up into Turn 1 and lost the position, which meant I stopped early. The new tyres were starting to feel pretty good and I was hopeful I could have potentially undercut. Everything was still to play for. But then it was quite a big loss of power Ė something wrong with the Power Unit. Weíll have to investigate what that is, but it was really unlucky. I went around for a couple of laps to see if it recovered but there was nothing else we could do.

Toto Wolff

Congratulations to Lewis on the victory today and for equalling Michaelís record for most F1 wins. Itís an incredible moment. I remember watching F1 when Ferrari were winning every single Championship. Now our team have been able to catch them up and seeing Lewis equalise Michaelís winning record, itís much more emotional than I thought it would be. An amazing thing to witness and a fantastic drive by Lewis today. It was a challenging race with very tricky, cool conditions. Valtteri and Lewis had a brilliant battle on the first lap, they raced each other hard but knew where the boundaries were. Valtteri went full rally style, keeping his foot on the throttle and maintained position. The pace of Valtteriís opening few laps were incredible and it was such a shame he suffered the lock-up and then had the Power Unit issue. Otherwise, he would have been in the fight for victory, for sure. We still need to analyse what caused his retirement, because we donít yet know the real cause. Everyone at Brixworth on the Power Unit side are pushing the boundaries all of the time and thatís why these things can sometimes happen. Of course, disappointing for Valtteri but we know how resilient he is, so Iím sure heíll bounce back.

Andrew Shovlin

Another really impressive win from Lewis and itís incredible that heís equalled Michaelís colossal tally of race wins. Michael has many good friends within the team, and it was very moving to see Mick and the family mark the occasion by giving Lewis one of Michaelís helmets. Valtteri on the other hand had a tough day. It was going well for him, but all his bad luck seemed to come within a few laps. Heíd struggled a bit with the front end when we had some spots of rain, which triggered a lock up that meant he had to box for a new set. He then lost race time to Lewis and Max, because they benefited from a faster stop under the VSC, and then on the restart he was losing power and we couldnít recover the situation. So, we retired the car. Weíre still looking into the problem, but the early indications are that itís an electronic issue rather than a hardware issue. Lewisís day was more straightforward. He did a good job of preserving the tyres in the first stint and was starting to make good time on Max later in the stint, but ultimately both got pulled in by the VSC. He had everything under control in the second stint. We had the gap to just shadow what Red Bull were doing but the Safety Car came out, which made the decision to convert to a two-stop very easy. Overall, itís been pleasing to see car work well in the cold conditions but as weíve seen in other years, Red Bull are developing well and itís looking like it will be pretty tight in the remaining races. However, retiring a car from a race is not our normal standard and itís especially tough for Valtteri, who had good prospects after such a strong pole position yesterday. Weíll work hard to get on top of that issue and look forward to the challenge of another new track in Portugal.

 

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