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Eventually [after moving] I made some friends, like Brendon Hartley, who was racing in the same series that year so I could relate to him, he was from the same part of the world and a Red Bull driver at the time so he was someone I was trying to aspire to. I made a few friends and that helped, you then share stories ... [Hartley] lived in east Germany somewhere and he said it was tough. You can kind of help each other get through it.feedback
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Oct 13 2017
Daniel Ricciardo has been quoted 134 times. The one recent article where Daniel Ricciardo has been quoted is Red Bull splits aero setups between cars in Suzuka. Most recently, Daniel Ricciardo was quoted as having said, “Max stayed with the higher setting, I took some off. Already yesterday we were quite slow down the straight and once they [Mercedes and Ferrari] turn their qualifying mode up they are only going to increase that gap. I felt on Sunday we will get eaten up a bit with the other settings, so it was let's try it and see. On one lap it is pretty similar across the cars. Hopefully for the race it gives me a bit more of a chance to attack or defend.”.
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Oct 01 2017

Towards the end of that first stint [on the supersoft tyre] I was keeping pretty good times, finally bringing some lap time back. But they all pitted before and pulled away again.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Malaysia

I think they will have to be conservative for their sake, especially if they're in a podium position and Seb's still seventh or whatever. So it could bring the whole race towards us.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Malaysia

I am sure Kimi is going to get some heat to make Lewis' life hell at the start, so we will see how that plays out.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Malaysia

I don't think we need to lead into Turn 1 to have a chance to win. Mercedes have not shown enough to really show that they are going to dominate in the dry, so that will definitely open up some opportunities. [Hamilton] can afford to lose. He can afford to come third, fourth. If he finishes in front of Seb, it's a win. I don't think [Mercedes] is going to run to the top [of the engine] for the whole race.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Malaysia

We won't be disappointed if it rains. We can definitely be quick in the wet. Our cornering speed is pretty good, looking at the overlay, we lose most of it on the straights.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Malaysia

My victory last year in Malaysia was definitely unexpected. It just goes to show you never know what can happen.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

I think we can be podium cars, probably Malaysia, Japan, Austin.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

But yeah, we might need some alternate conditions to really give us raw pace to fight for a win.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

Then in the first few laps I felt we were okay in the wet but then I felt we were a bit harsh on the tyres. Even when we pitted and had fresher tyres, we couldn't really make an impact on Lewis. The team was asking me to manage the gears through the race and after I learned we had a leak and were losing oil pressure in the gearbox from early on. Of course I came here to win and really wanted it, but second place is great and I'm not going to complain about it.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

The rain made it all pretty hectic today. Everyone was in the same boat though and we hadn't driven in the wet here before so it's all about switching on early, being aware of the situation and trying to adapt as quick as you can. My start was quite slow off the line. In hindsight probably a good thing, because it allowed the chaos to unfold in front of me.feedback

Sep 17 2017

I can't win the bloody thing. I'm trying, I'm trying. That was the most frustrating thing, not to get that first win here but I've still got to be pretty grateful and happy with another podium. We didn't have the pace that we showed on Friday in the long runs. We struggled to look after the tyres and it felt like when I could punch out a good lap time I couldn't really maintain it whereas Lewis could answer and answer again so it felt like every time we tried to match his pace it would take more out of [my] tyres.feedback

Sep 17 2017

In hindsight it was a good thing I had an average start as it gave me some time to see what was going to happen. I saw that there was contact with Kimi and Max but I wasn't sure where Max's car was going to go so I already backed off just in case Max turned into me.feedback

Sep 17 2017

I can't win the bloody thing. I'm trying. I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on the win. But I'm still going to be grateful and happy with another podium.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Singapore

A dominant weekend is what I'm after. I want to continue like that for tomorrow and Sunday and I think we can. On these types of circuits we know we have a good chance, so I came here very committed and determined to do what we have done today. We will potentially be stronger than Ferrari and Mercedes [tomorrow and Sunday].feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Singapore

We made some progress from this morning, even if we were quickest. I was still wanting more from the car and we found another step.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Singapore

At the last race, on the low down force circuit, we had really good pace on the Sunday which was a little surprising. So with that, and coming here with a few updates, we should be there.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Singapore

It doesn't seem like these sort of circuits, this year, is a strength of Mercedes. I think it can bring Ferrari and us right into that battle.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Singapore

We always say Monza is a weak circuit, but we tend to have really good races here. If we are having a rebirth, Singapore will be a big action for us, hopefully we have a big baby there in terms of a trophy.feedback

Sep 03 2017

My engineer was telling me that we were catching [Vettel] at the end. At one second a lap we were going to get really close, but then he was able to turn up the pace and I was using every bit of my Pirelli tire that I could. In the end there was nothing else I could do.feedback

Aug 31 2017

Probably more so for me. In terms of I'm a bit older but I've been with Red Bull for quite a few years now and I think the difference is when I joined Red Bull Racing they were the champions, so in mind I was getting into the best car on the grid. Where when he joined we'd kind of already fell away from that a bit so I think the expectation in his mind was already dropped. So if anything for me it should be stronger, the want and the need for this, but at the end of the day we're two of the most competitive drivers on the grid so it's natural we both want winning material.feedback

Aug 31 2017

I know we both want it to be here -- ideally we start winning with Red Bull and then happy days. But I'd love to see at the end of the year us in a winning position more consistently, that would be good.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Singapore

So we've still got some ground to make up. I think the next update we have is in Singapore, and that will be not only a circuit that suits us but with the upgrade will give us a realistic change of fighting for another win.feedback

Aug 29 2017

Look, at the same time, he is leading [the championship] and they are in a really good position, so it was fairly obvious. The only other place he would have gone was Mercedes, and I think they are going to keep what they have by the looks of it.feedback

Aug 29 2017

When I do get asked the Ferrari question I feel it is more coming from fans or media but not necessary from Ferrari. Maybe people want to see it, some people, but the people that matter I am not really sure if they do. We will see.feedback

Aug 29 2017

Once I saw that they had extended Kimi's deal, I was not surprised [to see Vettel sign too]. I knew that was a bit of insurance for Seb, having Kimi there, I know he is comfortable with that. So once Kimi was signed, I knew Seb would be on a few-years deal.feedback

Aug 27 2017

It's pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around.feedback

Aug 25 2017

It was like me in 2015, I was 'we are going to win the championship', and then I was like 'what's going on?' It took a few races for me to realize that was not going to happen. So you have to settle.feedback

Aug 25 2017

It is hard to criticize a driving style for trying too hard. You will make mistakes. It is the right mindset to want to capitalize and make the most of everything. But in terms of you also have to be realistic.feedback

Aug 25 2017

It is those little things which where it is not the first time he has done that but is it a weakness? I don't know if it is a weakness, it will get ironed out over time, it is probably just youth at the moment. I am not trying to school him or anything. It was not the first time he had done a first lap move like that.feedback

Aug 25 2017

It will get ironed out. It is probably similar to the start [in Belgium] last year. He had a front row and did not get the best jump and it was like I will try and make it up straight away. OK, there was a gap on the inside, but it was always going to bottle neck.feedback

Aug 25 2017

That comes with age and experience. You are young and hungry and just want to go go go. Sometimes when somene tells you 'no' you are like 'yes!' If we don't have the car to win, sometimes you don't want to hear it, or refuse to believe it, and then maybe that creates the driving style or frustration. But at the same time, looking back now it was an unfortunate situation because we are teammates as well. But generally speaking, he has had some DNFs, but he has driven better than last year, not just from the speed point of view but of race craft of view.feedback

Jul 30 2017

Not much else to describe or say, it was what it was. I saw I had a good run out of 1, there was a bit going on so I saw Valtteri on the inside so I could brake on he outside, thought 'I'll go here and defend that place'. Obviously the team will do their bit and I'll do my bit. There shouldn't be too much but for sure we'll sort it out.feedback

Jul 30 2017

If that's who I thought it is s---. F---, sore loser.feedback

Jul 29 2017

It seemed like this morning there was a lot less front grip and a lot more rear grip, so we had a lot of understeer. So we couldn't get the front tires or the front grip to work. So that was the big difference.feedback

Jul 26 2017

I love that track and it has always been a good one forme. We've got lots more grip this year so it'll be a bit more fun.feedback

Jul 18 2017

He wants to play bumper cars or something.feedback

Jul 15 2017

It's disappointing because we know in these conditions give us a bit more of an opportunity, we were quick at the beginning there. Obviously tomorrow is another day -- I'm just disappointed not to be able to show more of what we can do in qualifying. We've got some work ahead of us to get back in it.feedback

Jul 15 2017

It sounded a little bit sick, that was the first thing, then I lost a bit of power and heard some weird turbo noises. I still don't know much about how cars work but I think I know what a turbo sounds like, and I could hear it not behaving.feedback

Jul 14 2017

We can definitely improve from where we are. I think we have learned a lot today. In the end we didn't get the right balance or feeling, so we will make some changes tonight and have a better car tomorrow.feedback

Jul 14 2017

Yeah, we lost a bit, the first sector as well we are losing out, but I nearly spun on the first run on the super softs in Maggots/Becketts. And then the second lap you lose the peak of the tire, so the one lap pace can certainly be better, but overall balance we can improve. We will close the gap.feedback

Jul 14 2017

Mercedes look really strong but we look to be in the fight with Ferrari. At the moment we're battling Ferrari and not Mercedes.feedback

Jul 14 2017

DC (Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria, Martin (Brundle) was frothing for it. I feel like there's some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this.feedback

Jul 14 2017

On that note, I feel like it's been fun. I want to say it's run its course; we'll see what happens.feedback

Jul 13 2017

It's going to be fun. I love high-speed corners. From Turn 9 to Turn 15, from Copse to Stowe, some of the coolest sequence of mild race track we go on all year. We got a taste for it in Austria, the second, third sector we were carrying some speed. I think it's a sign of what this weekend is going to be like I think.feedback

Jul 07 2017

We could not get a full long run at the end, we had a couple of issues,'. But otherwise we seem relatively competitive for what it is. The top five cars are within four tenths or something, so I would hope that would stay for qualifying then it would be a pretty exciting show for the weekend.feedback

Jul 07 2017

Yeah we look close. I expect the normal situation with Mercedes, they will have a bit more for qualifying, but hopefully Ferrari don't have too much more and we can try be in that battle. We are between Seb [Vettel] and Raikkonen at the moment, so hopefully we will hang in there.feedback

Jul 07 2017

It is a bit surprising; the soft does not look too bad. Lewis was quickest this morning with the soft, so obviously they have a quick car but still to be quickest on that tire shows it is pretty durable and strong around here. I think a lot of teams tonight will be looking at their options for Sunday and not thinking it is a clear one stop with an ultra soft and the super soft anymore.feedback

Jul 07 2017

I always said I want to win five races and retire so I'm probably not going to compete this weekend. I think I'm done. So it's changed pretty dramatically my position in the sport.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Renault

[In karting] you'd have some battles on track and once the checkered flag was out it wasn't finished, all the way back to the pit lane. Then when you get out it continued. Then the fathers get involved! So in karting it happens quite a lot. Too much actually. Then Formula Renault 2.0 I had some battles, with Roberto Merhi maybe in Dijon one time there was a bit of this. It is fine. Lewis and Seb are so experienced, and for them to have a little battle like we are in school again, they are are more mature than that.feedback

Jul 06 2017

Lewis and Seb have had some battles this year, Barcelona, but for me, sure it was not a common incident what happened in Baku but I still don't think it was enough to have a feud with a guy. If he did it to me, sure I'd be pissed, but once the race was done I'm like okay he did it, and that is it. I understand now they have made up. We will see. For the fans, yeah, I am sure it will stay interesting but I don't see any animosity, I don't sense any of that, so I think it will be fine.feedback

Jun 27 2017

I think the penalty was fair enough but it was purely competition and it can sometimes spark some reaction. When you're racing it gets emotional and when you stop-start with all the restarts, you build yourself up and then it comes back down, so just one of those things. Just a bit of a quick reaction. It's all good.feedback

Jun 27 2017

At the end of the day it's the leader's right to dictate the pace. I think if you're going super-fast and then slam on the brakes that's a different story but because he was still going so slow at that stage it's hard to call it a brake test.feedback

Jun 27 2017

We've seen it with Seb sometimes, he'll come on the radio and get pretty vocal. He has a pretty reactive personality but that's nothing against him, I think he's just passionate and obviously wants to win.feedback

Jun 26 2017

Seb probably sometimes doesn't think before he acts. It's probably driven through passion and hunger. He's kind of just got to put a lid on it sometimes. I respect Seb a lot for his grit and his love for the sport, which turns into a lot of passion and sometimes aggression. I respect and like that about him.feedback

Jun 26 2017

Look, whether Lewis slowed down or not, he has every right to dictate the pace. He's the leader, and it was too early for him to accelerate. You're not going to make the restart out of Turn 15. Seb was probably just a little bit over-excited.feedback

Jun 26 2017

But today you have seen -- whether it's over the radio, sometimes he will just go crazy. It is probably -- what's the word? -- spur of the moment? There's a better word.feedback

Jun 24 2017

For sure I am not blaming the car or anything. I was just trying to carry a bit of speed through that combination and though Turn 6 I tried to carry some speed and then the rear kind of went away a little bit ... it happened so quick.feedback

May 27 2017

It is not intentional -- I don't feel like it is intentional. But it is frustrating because even the position where we ended, just looking at what we did in P1 -- a 1:13.8, and I did a 1:12.9 or 1:13.0 today -- so again take the fuel out of the car and we were probably quicker on a green track on Thursday. We just underachieved way too much, and this is an opportunity us, this race, to do a lot better than that.feedback

May 27 2017

The race is today to be honest. Qualifying is pretty much everything around here, if everything goes well in the pitlane then the race is on Saturday. We're better than fifth. From first free practice I didn't not even go a second quicker, with the track improving, with the fuel coming down, all that, so we underachieved so much and around here it's the last place you want to do that. It's frustrating today, not happy at all.feedback

May 27 2017

Unless the timer was going down and we were not going to make it out of the pits -- which I do not think this was the case, it just seems like we made a stupid, silly error. From my eyes it just seemed so obvious but maybe I am seeing something wrong but it seemed an obvious and basic mistake.feedback

May 24 2017

We have some parts on the car, we had them in Barcelona, we saw it give us bits and pieces but not as much as we still desire and we have more this weekend -- more Monaco specific this weekend so hopefully that will give us more than it did a couple of weeks ago and give us a chance to start leaning on the front guys a bit more.feedback

May 24 2017

We will wait and see. Certainly looking back on last year there's a bit of unfinished business. I will do what I can. I definitely come here with good feelings, good vibes, the level of confidence is still high.feedback

May 17 2017

I'd take [the] Daytona 500 over Indy. Indy kinda scares me, actually.feedback

May 13 2017

If it was a year ago then it would still be a surprise to people, but everyone knows now that Max is a fast driver. Obviously I want more out of myself, but I am not surprised if he out qualifies me in some sessions because I know he is quick. I still expect more from myself, and I still expect over the course of the year that I will get more out of him, but sure I know I am not going to beat him in every session. That is just how it is. For sure he did a really good job today.feedback

May 12 2017

There were times when it felt pretty good. Times when we are still trying to find our way with it. The medium at the start of FP2 was a struggle, but then we found a good chunk with the softs, so we are getting there.feedback

May 11 2017 - China

They brought it here but I don't think we are going to race it. I'd be very very surprised if someone actually wanted to race the hard tyre, so from that side, knowing that none of us will want to race it, we probably could have come with the steps softer so that we actually think about using the harder compound. At the moment I doubt that anyone is thinking about using the hard.feedback

May 11 2017 - China

I believe that they already had to allocate these tyres before the season for the first five races, and now it changes. Now that we can give them a bit more feedback that we have raced and they can see, to their defense now they can readjust. I can't think of where...maybe Silverstone they are bringing the hard, but I think we could still get by with the medium no problem. I don't know if it is that, or if they are worried too run soft tyres on the high speed circuits, maybe that is part of it. But even the softs are not that soft so they are okay.feedback

May 08 2017

We're going for the harder tyres for the first time this year in Barcelona. I'm not sure if it'll help us or not but I just don't think it's going to be good for anyone. The tyres are already hard enough so the harder compounds are just way too hard. I hope the upgrade will give us a chance to really fight with Mercedes and Ferrari or at least get us closer. The reason why it comes in Barcelona is that we put everything back in the factory and we were very busy, so now I hope that it's a quicker improvement.feedback

May 08 2017

It means that the people who do the work behind the scenes get their reward as well. It's a good feeling for everyone when these upgrades work.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Singapore

It was a bit like that last year, even with the ultra-soft sometimes we didn't really find any lap time, but then other times it kind of worked like there were a few qualifying with Monaco, Singapore, where if you can get it to work it happens. But it just seems quite fragile, delicate, and we are still learning. We kind of understood it towards the end of last year.feedback

Apr 29 2017

Now this year with the new tyres, compounds, it seems we are back at the beginning. So it still seems to be an understanding process now. Like we've even seen across cars like what looks like subtle differences on the data can make a big difference with the tyre temperatures or things like that. So they do seem more sensitive this year and I am going to use my engineering expertise and say because the tyre is wider there is more of it on the track therefore more variability!feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Bahrain

It looks big but last year it was about the same, 1.7, 1.8, so history shows it is a bit of a bogey one for us. I don't expect a 1.8 gap in Barcelona. If it is, then... [Qualifying was] everything I expected, so I expected fifth, all going well fifth was the target and I got that. We expected the gap to be bigger here than it was in Bahrain. The nature of the circuit has never been a strength for us, so no surprises today.feedback

Apr 28 2017

I think that is probably Seb's business for now. They are in the fight with Mercedes. We are not there yet, so if Mercedes improves it doesn't change our results. We will see. Normally on Saturday they do find a bit more pace, but I would say Ferrari at the moment still look the best for today's running.feedback

Apr 28 2017

In terms of us this weekend we know that this is what we've got, so we are trying to do what we can with the current package, but we are not expecting too much this weekend. We will do what we can, get the job done and then hopefully fight for a bit more in a few weeks. We can improve, but as far as positions go fifth and sixth is the best we can achieve. We can still improve ore with the car with what we have here this weekend, but as far as positions, Ferrari and Mercedes are too fast.feedback

Apr 19 2017

I feel like we're kind of where we've always been in terms of the gap [in power], the deficit it's kind of where it's been [the last two years]. The reliability is a bit of a question mark but the others have had their issues as well. Ferrari have had some things going on in practice and so on, and they won the race.feedback

Apr 19 2017

It's a big part of it, I've mainly only raced with Pirelli but they've always been a pretty complex tyre whether they had the massive degradation or really slow warm up. In the last few years it hasn't been a consistent trend. The tyres this year feel very hard -- like I can't imagine what the hard-compound tyre would feel like -- but the soft doesn't feel like a soft and the supersoft doesn't feel like a supersoft so I think that's already part of the struggle is trying to get them actually turned on.feedback

Apr 19 2017

For sure I think if everyone is getting their tyres in the right window then I think it's downforce at the moment that is our main answer. It kind of showed that when we were pretty happy with the tyres and Mercedes maybe weren't it can really make a big difference. Like 0.8s of lap time will become nothing if they're not as happy as we are. For sure it's sensitive, they can make a big difference, but I'm sure at some point we're all going to figure out the best thing for the tyres and you'll still go back to trying to bolt more downforce.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

The safety car worked for me in that we jumped up to third but it wasn't so good for our tyres and that's where we lost a lot of ground. Even once we settled into a pace and the chaos settled we fell back and I was struggling with grip at the front and rear. We never really got that [soft] tyre working for us today.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

That tyre was just not happening for us today! At the restart it never felt switched on, as we say. Struggling to get the restart, so Lewis got me... basically the whole first lap I was sliding. So that's why I went back. That tyre actually never really came good, we were on Massa's pace but we know we were quicker than that. It was a strange turn of events from the beginning of the race.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

It was a race of two halves really. At the beginning I genuinely thought we had a chance to win. That stint was looking very competitive and I could see Valtteri was struggling. I was at the tail end of the front pack and I could see everyone else in front of me -- they were sliding and looked like they were struggling more. It was easy for me to stay there and I was looking after my tyres, so at that point I was thinking it could be on today, not only for a podium but for a win.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

I didn't feel like I had as much grip as I was expecting in Q3. I thought the track would have ramped up a bit more. Yeah we went quicker but for me I thought it would have been still a bit more. So I was surprised to be fourth.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

Not perfect, no. I felt it was a good lap for what I had. But not perfect. I didn't spin! I stayed on the track, that helped. And then I don't know, it is weird because we came here and it is week since the last race and there is not that much we could have put on the car. There are little bits here and there but there is nothing on the car which meant half a second closer to pole. I think that is what the gap is. Half a second less than it was last week.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

My happiness with the balance was probably no better than it was in China. You look at the lap times and sure I am happy, but I don't feel like the grip is massively bigger than we had a week ago. At the same time I do feel that we have learned more than last week. We have learned more what not to do. But I didn't feel what we have learned had translated into half a second. So that is a nice surprise.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

When I crossed the line I was like eeeerhhhh.... I know Max had done a .6 and knew my lap then was a .5, so I was like 'it will be close with Max'. But then when Simon [Rennie, race engineer] said I am P4, I was a bit confused. But it was nice.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I'd say it's probably at the moment [it's] realistic. I felt like the balance was not too bad. I think this morning we weren't too happy with it but I think we improved it for qualifying and the car didn't feel too bad. I haven't done enough long runs yet to know where we are, I think in the long runs we are still a second or so off. So I don't expect to be much closer in race conditions. I know that doesn't sound very optimistic but realistically I think we're probably the same in both fuel loads.feedback

Apr 08 2017

For me I feel that's why Mercedes and Ferrari are a step or two above us now, is because they've... I'm trying to figure it out and I guess it's down force. Obviously there's mechanical things in the car but I guess the grip and the pure load they are generating is higher than everyone else so. I think in the wet we'd be naive to think we are going to be quicker than them.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I got asked a few times if the rain will be good for us. I think it will be because it creates a bit more excitement and maybe a chance for the top guys to make some mistakes or have a few issues, and of course the driver can maybe try and get more out of it in the wet. I think typically in the past we are strong because we have got good down force on the car.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I definitely believe we learned some stuff from Melbourne and we've got some bits and pieces here -- some aero stuff -- that should help us have a bit more grip in the car in the rear. But there's a few more things that came out which I don't expect to be as far off as we were in Melbourne. I feel like I come here with a bit more of a comfortable car.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I think for me at the moment we don't have enough rear grip, so downforce basically. But to be honest, I don't know if it's we don't have enough or we just haven't set the car up in the right way. So I still feel like we haven't got the most out of the downforce but in Melbourne if I watch some onboard of Ferrari or Mercedes it just looks like they have more rear grip for now. So probably we don't have as much as them, period, but I don't think we've understood it enough yet to get the most out of it. Obviously with set-up, ride heights and things like this.feedback

Apr 06 2017

There's a few things even which we've probably gone back a little bit to a similar thing to last year with a few things on the set-up so it should be something that I'm probably more used to, for both of us. So I think from a driver comfort point of view we should be better off, hopefully that means faster as well, but I think it should be more familiar for us with some changes we make. I could say no bigger than it has been in the past. I don't feel we're at more of a deficit now, but obviously we want to be closer. For sure, we want to be closer, but we're not worse than we have been.feedback

Apr 06 2017

We're probably losing out in straight-line speed, I think to Mercedes we calculated about 0.4s in qualifying just on the straights and Ferrari was maybe 0.2s. So for sure we are still slower than they are but I don't think that's related to set-up or car balance.feedback

Apr 05 2017

A podium [finish] would be a strong weekend for us. That's what we are targeting but we have to get closer to Ferrari and Mercedes. Progress is what we are chasing for now and hopefully that will put us closer to the podium.feedback

Apr 05 2017

To start and finish [in Shanghai], that's my target. To finish qualifying and to start the race. That will already be better than Melbourne. We want to get close to Ferrari and Mercedes. If we can get closer to the podium, that already will be a better result.feedback

Mar 26 2017

Not the weekend I wanted at home. For all these things to happen at my home race - that's probably the most frustrating thing.feedback

Mar 25 2017

When I spoke to the team they have not really pinpointed something and said this is why we are struggling in this area or if we had that we would solve this problem, so it has not been apparent to me at the moment. If Ferrari were dominating and if Mercedes had dropped back a bit we could say yes we have lost a key component. But the fact that Mercedes is still quick, I probably would not put it down to that. It has not been talked about within the team.feedback

Mar 25 2017

I feel there is more in this car than what we are showing, but we are not quite sure how to perhaps get there or the right path for that at the moment. It is just going to need more trial and error, more track time. So the race will hopefully give us a few answers no matter where we end up. Just to try and get those laps in and figure it out because long runs yesterday we struggled quite a bit as well, so we will see.feedback

Mar 25 2017

I just lost the rear, but it was a little bit weird. I felt when I turned in the rear was a little bit light, it kind of snapped a bit later. I didn't get the impression that it was going to go ... and then it was like 'oh yeah, it is going'. I tried to catch it but it was too late.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Maybe a safety car with about 15 laps to go would be the dream scenario. I put ultra-softs on, and I come from ... by that stage I might be up to eighth, and I come through to third. And then the first two guys get disqualified!feedback

Mar 24 2017

Ferrari is still a bit of an unknown, but with the right lap we can be in that battle and mix it with them. If I am really honest, it felt awesome to be out there in the morning. It was like my happy place and it was cool to already see so many fans on a Friday. This is a circuit that I enjoy, whether it is in Australia or anywhere else in the world, it is a fun layout, so it felt good.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Mercedes is obviously quick, but I don't think they are insanely quick. Sure they are quickest at the moment, but I feel that we can reel some of that advantage back that they have got. We can still get more out of it. This morning was promising and we tried a few things this afternoon. It is fair to say they didn't work as much as we would have liked. If Lewis does the perfect lap with his car then it would be a stretch to take a pole off him, but we are not too far off. It is more Lewis at the moment than Valtteri, who at the moment looks like he is in our group.feedback

Mar 22 2017

The racing was the only thing that made me do it. I wasn't interested in travelling, I didn't want to leave home, I didn't want to live alone... I really wasn't very independent! I was like 'I really hope I do well in this racing thing' because when I wasn't racing I wasn't sure what the hell I was going to do.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - NASCAR

At that age I didn't really think about it. It didn't really cross my mind until [Mark] Webber got in and then I was like 'oh... this is cool'! So I didn't think about it. Formula One was just cool, I loved racing, all types of racing, but from a young age Formula One was the noise and everything and that's what I was drawn to. I already knew when I was younger, the coolest guys are in F1... not that NASCAR drivers aren't cool but that was always what I had in my head!feedback

Mar 22 2017

I found a gym close by and those were my days -- waking up, training, eating, training, going to sleep. Then eventually I made some friends, like [New Zealand's] Brendon Hartley, who was racing in the same series that year so I could relate to him, he was from the same part of the world and a Red Bull driver at the time so he was someone I was trying to aspire to.feedback

Mar 22 2017

The first race I ever went to Adelaide 1993. I was obviously still young but the noise is the first thing you remember. I remember going to Melbourne a few years later and from our hotel room you could hear the cars at Friday practice and I was like 'Dad, let's frickin' go to the track already, can you hear the noise?!' Noise was the first association with it and that [sound of] neooowwwwwnnnnn, moving the neck really fast.feedback

Mar 22 2017

If you don't answer he's like 'what are you doing?' and you're there like '[starts pretend panting] 'I was training, I was training Dr Marko, honest! That was a sort of pressure. For me some phone calls weren't the best but at the same time it made me realise this is what it is, we are trying to get to the top of something and in any business or any sport it is similar. It was one of those things that made me grow up and mature, I think, and also made me appreciate what I had. When I didn't race well he made me realise that and I thought 'Ok, he's got a point, just make sure you learn.feedback

Mar 22 2017

I took that one seriously! That was simple. Once the emotion came out of the equation the positive was I'd got the first pole position of my career in what we still believe was an inferior package. Albeit bar the pit stop, I'd done everything I could to win that race. I was good in the wet and did everything I could. OK, I didn't get the big trophy, but I was the driver to beat all weekend. I took a lot of pride in that. Also it's Monaco, it's a driver's track, I just tried to take the confidence with me.feedback

Mar 22 2017

It's quite overwhelming actually, all the support. It's pretty cool to see so many people supporting me and the event itself. I hear ticket sales are up quite a bit from last year as well. It's not a weight on my shoulders. They want to see me do well and it's extra motivation for me. I think the drivers' parade on Sunday I will see it and that will get me jacked up for the race.feedback

Mar 22 2017

I like racing and if it means just racing and no other stuff then I'm open to the idea [of extending the season], but it depends how they structure it. We've got some great circuits [in Australia]. Seb's saying Bathurst - that would be an amazing circuit for sure. Adelaide, I was very young but I heard that was amazing. Phillip Island host a great event for MotoGP. So there's a lot, but I feel a bit greedy asking for more.feedback

Mar 22 2017

We try to keep it as amicable as possible.feedback

Mar 21 2017

It helps having a competitive teammate, absolutely. You might think you're driving at your full potential and you think 'woah, hold on a minute, there is another tenth in that corner, or this and that. It is good to have that constant pressure and that good rivalry.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Max is obviously talked about and is very popular and a lot of people expect him to win world titles and that so for me it's a good motivation for me to be like, let's stop this train'! Not in a sour way, but a good competitive way. I like having someone alongside me who is strong. Yeah it would be nice to win every race but you learn a lot more about yourself so I'm enjoying it.feedback

Mar 20 2017

People have seen now I am a racer and I have big intentions in the sport and I am prepared to get my shoulders out if I need to.feedback

Mar 20 2017

When I came into Red Bull, everyone thought: he's just the happy, nice guy, he's fast but he can't race hard with these top guys. That was a reputation I had to dismiss. If Lewis beats me in a Mercedes, I can tell the world he beat me because his car is better. But if Max beats me every race I am going to run out of excuses, so certainly your team-mate is the No1 person you want to beat.feedback

Mar 10 2017

At the moment they look like they are pretty close to Mercedes pace if not on it. So it is going to make Melbourne interesting, and I think we will get there. I feel that it is in the car, we just need to ... tomorrow will be important to understand a bit more. I am not driving, but with Max it will be interesting.feedback

Mar 10 2017

There is still a little bit to understand. For me today was good. We did nearly 130 laps with no issues, so that was positive. I know that Max [Verstappen] had some issues yesterday -- perhaps they have already figured out the problem there, so I have confidence that it will get better once we get to Melbourne.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I wish we were sandbagging a bit more, but today we weren't quick. I would say day one of this week's test we looked more competitive, sure, I would say we were probably within two or three tenths of the pace. Today it was a lot more. It proves that Ferrari is quick, they have been quick all test, and they showed it on long runs as well. I don't think we were quick today, we will have some answers for that, but yes we didn't have the pace today, so yeah Ferrari looks strong.feedback

Nov 10 2016

Just because they are fighting doesn't mean we shouldn't still try and make an overtake if there's a door open. I'll always race, I think, with respect but sure I'll race hard...if there's an opportunity to win, for sure I'll go for it.feedback

Oct 31 2016

Some things we've seen in the past, Seb gets a bit frustrated but it's probably been a bit more uncharacteristic this year, probably been a bit too much.feedback

Oct 24 2016

If the sparkling wine is cold, then it tastes good. Normally on the podium, it's cold so you don't get all the flavors but if it's warm, then you get the sweat and all that through it ... but the cold taste kills the bad stuff.feedback

Sep 17 2016 - Singapore

The aim was to be in on the front row, we knew it would be tough to get in front of the Mercedes but it was nice to be in front of one of them.feedback

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