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With a good start it would have been possible to keep the lead because I think the pace of our car was pretty similar between us today, there wasn't much of a difference. Being first out of Turn 1 would have made a very different race. But that's 'if and if' ... he did a better start and that's it.feedback
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Nov 12 2017
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Oct 08 2017

The only positive is really that I'm closer to second place. If it comes to fighting for second or third place in the championship, obviously second is much better.feedback

Oct 08 2017

It was not ideal for both of us, he lost time and I think I lost quite a few seconds at that point as well which would have helped me massively at the end of the race. So for sure we will look into everything if it could have been done better, but I understood the situation.feedback

Oct 08 2017

The main thing for me, it's a shame the gap to Lewis is massive now. Obviously it's good for him, and obviously what happened today was very good for his championship fight. But for me it's not ideal.feedback

Oct 07 2017

I was able to trust it more and drive a bit more naturally which always makes the result better. I should never lose self-confidence; it's the key in this sport. I just need to carry on, keep chipping away and learning from everything. I'm going to start on the Soft tyre, so I think we have a chance to try a different strategy to all the other cars around. So hopefully we can gain a few places as overtaking is very difficult on this track.feedback

Oct 07 2017

It was a tricky day. I had a bit of an off in FP3 and the car was damaged. But the guys did a great job getting the car back together, everything worked perfectly. It's been a few tough races, I've been off the pace quite a lot. So now I'm at least a bit closer and with the limited running we had today, it really wasn't too bad. But it's a shame to lose the position due to a grid penalty. The car has been feeling really different this weekend compared to last week.feedback

Oct 07 2017

It's good to start ahead. I think he also qualified on the soft in Q2 so we're most likely going to be on a similar strategy for the race, so definitely I've got an upper hand for the race in that way. But we need to see how their race pace is. It's going to be a long race. But just a real shame. It would have been better to start one and two as a team, that would have been nice, but it is what it is.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Malaysia

It was definitively a better starting point than one week ago in Malaysia, for us. It's early in the weekend but it wasn't a bad start. We still have some issues with the car and we need to things better, but at least it's better than one week ago. At least we now have a direction to work for. It's a different track, we have different temperatures, so at least now we have a direction to work for.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - Malaysia

With the soft tyre the car was feeling quite OK but we still have some work to do with the one-lap performance on the super-soft. Apart from that it was much better than one week ago.feedback

Oct 04 2017

Yes, of course, driving one second off the pace, feeling that I want to fight for the race wins, if you're one second off the pace it's definitely stressful. I want to turn around, hopefully quickly.feedback

Oct 03 2017

Honestly, I feel positive. The debrief was one of the best debriefs I've had, period. That's often the case because when you have a win there is a lot less to say and everyone is riding on positives and there is a lot less to talk about. When you have a difficult day and when the s--- really hits the fan, that's when you have more questions and there are more details to go into.feedback

Oct 01 2017

I definitely have to turn it around very quickly, if I keep doing races like this it won't be good for anyone.feedback

Oct 01 2017

This sport is sensitive for the mental state. It maybe sounds funny but it's a very, very sensitive sport mentally and you need to be absolutely on it if you want to be the quickest.feedback

Oct 01 2017

Mechanically we made the car's set-up equal for both cars so the only difference was in the aerodynamics. I was struggling more with the front end, which hadn't really been the case this year, in the mid-corner it's difficult to get the car to turn.feedback

Oct 01 2017

Today was difficult. I was trying everything I can, I was giving it all I had, but I was lacking pace and I was sliding around. The start was definitely the best part of the day. It was really good, I could actually attack a little bit and fight for positions. But not long after that I just started to drop down and couldn't keep up with the others. In the first stint I had quite a lot of understeer, so I was struggling with the balance.feedback

Sep 29 2017

We did try some new aero parts today, so one answer may be that one of those parts didn't work as expected. I suppose the new parts are quite a big step, but it didn't quite seem to happen. The team is reviewing everything and we need to make sure we have the right parts for tomorrow.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Malaysia

Racing in Malaysia, it's like being in a mild sauna. We have all of our gear on -- plus the helmet -- and the car is hot as well. The seat itself is warm, and then we're surrounded in the cockpit by the electrical boxes. It gets really hot.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Malaysia

One of the main things is to keep hydrated. If you dip just once with your hydration, it takes a long time to get back on track. We have to drink lots of water as well as sports drinks containing electrolytes to keep the levels at the right place. You absolutely need to make sure you're well hydrated.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

I think it's our yearly wake-up call. I actually think, and this might sound overly-optimistic and I'm not, that what we've seen today is the pace of the car around Singapore.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Singapore

That's been really the thing for me the whole weekend and the harder I tried the more I struggled. So I needed to control the slides and the wheel slips more than I would want to and the pace is just slow. And if I tried to push harder than it would get even worse, so it's been a little bit of a confusing weekend so far for me.feedback

Sep 13 2017

As a driver, I've been able to learn and grow massively, and we have already enjoyed some really good moments this season that I will never forget. I've been very impressed by the mentality, commitment and the team spirit this team holds. Partnering Lewis has also been really good, and I'm enjoying the respect we have and the will to push this team forward together.feedback

Sep 08 2017

I think starting fourth, ending up second and for us as a team ending with a one-two is a really good day. For me, the race win I think I lost in the qualifying. The [race] pace between me and Lewis, not much difference. In similar cars, similar pace, whoever is ahead in the beginning of the race without any drama, that's going to be the finishing order.feedback

Sep 08 2017

It is up to me also, really - if I perform well, if I manage to qualify well, have strong pace, for sure I can still fight for the wins. But if it is going to be the case that for some reason I'm missing pace, if Lewis is doing a better job, me running in P2, and clearly behind then it's obviously better to help than try something silly. I'm always going to be a team player and it is up to the team to decide these kind of things, so we'll see. We'll go race by race and by every situation, but like I said it is also a lot up to me. I need to perform if I still want to fight for the title.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Singapore

Singapore will be a completely different another story there, but we were the quickest here, had the perfect result for us as a team, congratulations to Lewis for his win and with me second it was perfect for us, but we need to learn the lessons from today to be strong again in Singapore. The was tricky but I needed to keep my head down and get the places step by step. The car was so strong today, like I said on the team radio it was amazing how quick we were, it was pure joy today. I enjoyed it and it was the perfect result for us as a team, so thank you team. No dramas today.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Singapore

I actually had three cars to pass in the beginning as the start was quite poor, with a lot of wheel spin one Ferrari got past, so I had to get him first. That was going to be the most difficult and most important part for us, but I managed to get him really quickly and then I was quickly up to P2. The car was so well balanced today, so strong, for sure we're quick in the straights but this weekend we were also quick in every single corner, we found a stability this weekend we never had before, but this is a unique track, we can't rely on that to think we're quickest -- that's not the case.feedback

Aug 26 2017

First of all congrats to Lewis for the pole and his 68th pole, it's an achievement - I've only got two, so I've got a long way to go. This whole weekend, for some reason, I haven't been able close enough to challenge for the pole. For sure Lewis has been really on it, but I'm slightly confused why I wasn't able to be close enough, I still need to find some answers for me.feedback

Aug 26 2017

The balance of the car has been feeling really good but lacking overall grip and, on that way, losing a lot of time on the fast corners. I knew it would be tricky to fight for pole but it would have been nice to at least be second. Sebastian managed to get ahead and still it's second row and as a team we can do go tomorrow. Let's see what we can do tomorrow.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I feel there are things I can still improve as long as I keep working with the team as we have been doing so far. I know the second half will be better for me and my best performances are still on the way. That's how I feel so that's why I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season. I would say the first half has been average because I always set targets very high but obviously some good moments as well.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Singapore

There's still many track to come that requires a lot of downforce. Spa is mainly about efficiency, Monza is very low downforce but then Singapore you need the downforce again. We are really working hard and trying to make the car better because if we don't make any progress it's going to be a tricky season.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I was hoping to be in a slightly better position in the championship. I think we are still looking good for points in the constructors' but we've had some difficult races, which is not ideal and for us as only winning is good enough for the team. That's always going to be the target. We definitely have work to do and I have work to do.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I really think the next two races at least on paper we think should be a bit better for us, compared to Ferrari. But I think they've made some good progress and we definitely do have work to do. They are quick through the corners and we need to work on that and we need to work on our maximum downforce package. I think that's the main thing, so there's work to do.feedback

Aug 06 2017

There could be some progress to be made on that during the break because obviously the last month has been pretty hectic. It's been difficult to have proper meetings and discussions with so many races. For sure there is some time but there is no rush, we don't need to get anything done before Spa.feedback

Jul 29 2017

This weekend yes, we can see we're not performing as we should, as we want so we have to analyse that. We still have work to do with the car, but now we'll be focusing for the race tomorrow because it's going to be a long one and sill everything is possible.feedback

Jul 29 2017

I definitively think that today, the whole day, Ferrari has been too quick for us. We saw the lap times they were doing in free practice, so we were expecting a tricky qualifying. It felt like we got most out of the car today, more or less, but they were just quicker today.feedback

Jul 18 2017

F--- me my left-front tyre is broke!feedback

Jul 17 2017

First we need to really speak about it before doing any announcement or make contracts. We are coming to the point where we are getting to the middle of the season and the August break will be here soon and normally discussions will start then.feedback

Jul 15 2017

And it seems like almost all the cars are more or less in a similar approach; I'm in a different approach and given the amount of cars that are slower in race pace that start ahead of me, it's definitively the right choice for us. We'll find out tomorrow if that's so.feedback

Jul 15 2017

I was really up for it when we started to speak about starting the race on the soft tyre, as that offered different strategic possibilities in this race. We calculated there's quite a few different strategies you can make work.feedback

Jul 15 2017

I still need to understand more why there was such a big difference with the grip and the lap time, but for sure one thing that didn't help me was that I did two runs with soft tyres in Q2 while Lewis did those two runs with the super-softs, so he kind of learned how that tyre was behaving in those conditions and maybe could extract more for that reasons.feedback

Jul 15 2017

Of course I'm disappointed because I was in good form yesterday. We definitively had the fastest car today and I was targeting nothing less that fighting for pole position. I'm disappointed at being fourth and, of course, with the unfortunate gearbox penalty I'll have to start ninth. That's far from ideal and the gap to the front was way, way too big.feedback

Jul 14 2017

There is definitely still work to do to get the car more driveable and to be able to trust it more.feedback

Jul 11 2017

It's just the amount of feedback I get from the team after each race, after each session, but especially the meetings we have a few days after the race. We go through every single bit that they think I can do better, just really direct feedback. This is a team of winners, and they know how to do it. It enables me to learn so much, and I'm just keen to work hard and get better, because as long as you want to improve, it never stops. So it's really exciting.feedback

Jul 11 2017

So many things, in terms of setting up the car, how to approach the weekend with that, and driving wise, being alongside Lewis. With Lewis as my team mate, it would be stupid not to learn something from him. He's one of the best qualifiers ever in F1, and a three-time world champion, so for sure I'm watching every single time if there's anything I can pick up, any track with the driving lines, etc.feedback

Jul 11 2017

The fact is that to win the title you've got to make the most out of every single race weekend and get all the points available, be consistent, and when it's possible to win, you need to win. By making a thing about winning titles, it doesn't change anything. You need to go race-by-race, or really session by session, lap by lap. That's how it goes. I know as a fact that in theory, with the points, everything still will be in the fight. So that is good to know.feedback

Jul 10 2017

In F1 it is all about details. It would take hours to talk about everything I have learned and developed. But it is the small things that matter when it comes to winning or losing. So many things, in terms of setting the car, how to approach the weekend with that, and driving wise, being alongside Lewis. [Having] Lewis as a my team mate, it would be stupid not to learn something from him. He's one of the best qualifiers ever in F1, and a three-time World Champion, so for sure I'm watching every single time if there's anything I can pick up.feedback

Jul 09 2017

I think that was the start of my life. I was really on it today.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Russia

I had a bit of deja-vu in the end from Russia. At the beginning I could control the race but it was trickier towards the end.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Russia

I think that was the start of my life! I was just really on it today. It was good. I had a bit of a déjà vu in the end with what happened in Russia. He [Vettel] was catching up.feedback

Jul 09 2017

The problem in the last stint, I had a massive blister on the rear left since lap five of that stint, so that made it quite tricky. In the beginning I could control the pace, but in the end the backmarkers made it quite tricky. I'm really happy, it's only my second win in my career. Massive thank you to the team for making this possible.feedback

Jul 08 2017

I still feel personally there are all the possibilities for this year and I'm still in the championship fight. There are 12 races to go, so that's a huge amount of points. I am only developing with the team and getting better, so I always look at things positively and I know that I will be in the fight.feedback

Jul 08 2017

From what I've seen on the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes. We need to focus on having a good start of the race and we need to win the race.feedback

Jul 08 2017

The laps were getting better and better. It should be a good fight tomorrow. I'm sure Lewis (Hamilton) still has a lot of time to come back and get points for the team.feedback

Jul 07 2017

It was good to see we made progress with the car's aerodynamics, as any steps are welcome. I'm still playing around with the set-up of the car, trying to get it well balanced and it was a pretty straightforward day.feedback

Jun 25 2017

It was a long time that I had to wait to get through the cars in front and the [first] Safety Car and I was asking for the permission. Once the track was clear then they gave me the permission, but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to catch everyone. Not so long after that there was another Safety Car that allowed me to close the gap and then gave opportunity for this podium to happen.feedback

Jun 25 2017

After what happened in Lap 1 I couldn't really set a goal. I just tried to keep my head down, keep on pushing, take the maximum out of every single corner and every single situation and it ended up really good for us, in the end. Once I passed Ocon I was already in a good position, the team gave me the gap to Lance and also the possible pace difference, so I knew I had to get everything right. I was just focussed on getting every single corner of every single lap perfect, pushing to the limit of what I had in the car and I managed to get him, so I'm glad I got a few extra points like that.feedback

Jun 24 2017

Not clean enough! I think Lewis had a really good lap and I didn't. I wasn't quite comfortable with the tyre temperatures. It was the first time we tried to go for a time in the first lap of the tyres and I couldn't get them to work as well as Lewis.feedback

Jun 24 2017

In the end I'm disappointed to lose the pole position, as that was definitively the target for me today, but I'm really proud. We've made quite big changes through the practice sessions, we were quite lost, to be honest, in the beginning and we managed to turn it around, so for that I'm really, pleased. For tomorrow we, as a team, definitively have a great starting position and we're going to have a good fight and try to get another one-two for the team.feedback

May 31 2017

We are struggling to get the car nicely balanced, especially here in the very slow corners. We are struggling with rear stability and when the rear is not stable, you're not putting energy through to the front tyres either, because the fronts are not -- they're not sliding at all.feedback

May 27 2017

We can't combine both of the axles, front and rear, to be on the optimal window with the temperatures at the same time. So it takes two, three laps to build temperature up to all of the tyres and then to get the balance right and get the feel for the car and the confidence. That's been a bit of an issue. Plus, we had some set-up problems in practice two -- so not the easiest weekend. Definitely they [Ferrari] would be more in the window with everything and their car seems very driveable and stable.feedback

May 27 2017

Still, it felt very tricky in some places and it was very difficult to get the lap together, as we saw with the issues had with that and traffic in Q2. Altogether it has been a tricky weekend for us. Ferrari definitively has the upper hand this weekend, and well done to Kimi for the pole. Tomorrow it's the race and anything can happen.feedback

May 27 2017

We can't seem to combine the front and rear tyres' temperatures at the same time, so it takes two or three laps to build the temperature up all around, to get the balance right and to get the feeling for the car. We got back on track in FP3 and in qualifying the car was the best I've had this weekend.feedback

May 24 2017

I'm confident [I can get back in the title fight] and what gives me confidence is that there's still 75 per cent of the season left. That's a lot of racing and a lot of possibilities to gain lots of points. And I know I will only going to get better, I feel I will still improve, it's a long season ahead. I feel my best races are still ahead of me this year. I've done a good job in some races but there's more to come to be more consistent at a good level -- that's my target and I feel that's ahead.feedback

May 13 2017

For sure we have a much shorter run into Turn 1 than into Sochi's Turn 2, so it's always trickier, but, still, if you have a good start you can gain places. We've seen in the past, many times, People starting from the second and even third row making many positions us. Anything is always possible, but I cannot always rely on a good start. For sure the other guys are going to have good starts as well at some point. As a starting point everything is still wide open and we feel our race pace is good, so I'm still upbeat for tomorrow.feedback

May 13 2017

For me starting the day with the engine change to the old engine, so I was always going to be on the back foot. I was struggling, in qualifying, with the rear stability of the car all day, lacking in stability. There were many issues and it was difficult to find a good rhythm, from one qualifying session to another as I normally do, as in just every lap the car felt a little bit different.feedback

May 12 2017

In a tight battle with Ferrari, it's all about the details. Every single piece counts, and we are trying to develop the car as quickly as we can.feedback

May 11 2017 - Russia

I can't say it was only one thing. In Formula One if you are quick it's because of a lot of small things. I always felt very comfortable in Sochi but I don't put it all down to that.feedback

May 03 2017

Haha! F--- me, took quite a while, huh?feedback

May 01 2017

Then once I was clear again, I was able to focus on the job itself to get the tyre temperatures back up and get the pace. I was also asking for a bit of radio silence from the team, just to get focus on every single corner perfectly, every lap and losing minimum time with the back markers.feedback

May 01 2017

It's only the beginning of the year, so it's always difficult to draw conclusions how is it going to be until the end. That's why I wasn't too worried with the gap to the front which, before this weekend was 30 points I think. That kind of gap has been gone in the past in a few races so that's OK.feedback

May 01 2017

I lost some time during one lap, the team was asking me to go forward with the brake bias for the tyre temperatures which was affected by the flat spot. I also had a little bit of traffic. This track, there's so much pressure on the rhythm. If you can get the car in the rhythm then you can be so quick here and get consistent lap times but if you lose it then it shows in your lap times here and I kind of lost the rhythm for a couple of laps with backmarkers.feedback

May 01 2017

And getting that first win, gives me confidence that I can do it even though I've always knew I had the ability. But now it's done, I just want to do it again and again. It's not that simple this year. It's going to be always a massive fight and at least for the first half of the year it's going to be a fight between four different drivers .feedback

May 01 2017

For sure, getting the first win is something special. You always believe in yourself because there's no point being here or doing this if you don't believe in yourself, if you think that you are not able to win then definitely you should stay home. But, actually getting the confirmation, getting the actual result matters in this world. How many points, how many races you can win, how many times you be on the podium. That's the name of the game.feedback

Apr 30 2017

It's going to take a while [to sink in]. I have to say that I'm not normally that emotional, but hearing the Finnish national anthem is something quite special for me, so it felt good. It's a little bit surreal, obviously it's the first win, hopefully first of many! It was definitively one of my best races ever, personally, so it's a good feeling. I'm just happy.feedback

Apr 30 2017

I also had one lock up, maybe ten or 15 laps from the end, which hurt the pace a little bit, but apart from that it was OK. I did ask for a bit more of radio silence from the guys on the pit wall, just for me to get on it and focus, feeling a bit more like home. It was nice and quiet and that helped.feedback

Apr 30 2017

It was OK, the main thing was the lapped cars, trying to pass them. With these new cars you definitively lose more downforce, when you're already two or three second behind them, so it was tricky to get close and pass them without losing time. That wasn't the main thing in the end and I wasn't quite happy on a few occasions.feedback

Apr 30 2017

Obviously I always knew I can do good results, if everything goes right. I always trusted my ability but it's nice to get a confirmation that this kind of results are possible, everything is possible. It's definitively good to continue from here.feedback

Apr 30 2017

It took quite a while. More than 80 races but worth the wait. Thanks so much to the team and the factory.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Bahrain

I think, me personally, I'm definitively surprised. As a team, coming into this weekend, we were probably thinking we'd be better than [the last race] in Bahrain, but so far it hasn't turned out to be so good. Ferrari seems to be doing something better than us, so for sure it's disappointing for us not to be on pole. We made good improvements from yesterday to today but it was not enough and we still have work to do. Tomorrow it's a different story, it's going to be a long race and, again, it's difficult to predict but I think it's going to be close.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Russia

I think before qualifying the only problems we had was to extract the most out of the Ultra Soft tyres. We made it better, but I don't know if the problem is the tyres or the car.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Russia

For sure they have a very good car and we are struggling to compete with them, but we can. Tomorrow is another day and we'll do everything as a team to be in front of them.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It's too early to be too worried. For sure we are doing everything we can to improve from today and I think the main issue for us was not getting the Ultra Soft tyres into the correct temperature window for the one lap. Ferrari managed to do it today and the gap is big. You only need a few hundreds of a second in every corner to get such a big gap. Getting more out of the tyres is going to be our main topic tonight.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It was taking a long time to make the front tyres get up to temperature on the short runs. I did my best lap on the third lap of the tyre when I got the best grip out of the front end of the car and you should be able to do that in the first lap. We could get the rear tyres to work quite well, but we were struggling with the front tyres on lap one, as they were only up to temperature on lap three or four.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I don't mind the Shield. I think it looks quite OK and I think it's a good step compared to the Halo. That's my personal opinion on how it looks, so I don't mind that. The safety aspect is always important and it's always important to keep things improving and developing and safety always needs to be improved, so I wouldn't mind trying out the Shield and seeing how the visibility is and if there are any other issues with that. But I think in terms of safety it would be a good step to convert from what we have now.feedback

Apr 27 2017

If I had some issues in this race for whatever reason or we are on a different strategy and Lewis is stuck behind me or something, if the team tells me to move over I will, because we are doing this as a team and our target is to get maximum points for the team. Of course, as a driver I will do everything I can not to be in that position and make sure I have my own race and personal result as well.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Bahrain

Maybe in the past every single detail, letting the drivers race hard or one being stuck behind the others at times, hasn't cost them anything, but I do understand the fact that this year it can cost points if for any reason, like for me in Bahrain, the pace of the other car is not good -- then the team needs to think and be clever not to lose any points. But we have only had three races this year and I feel that all my good results are on the way, so I'm not thinking about anything like that and I'm sure the team thinks there is no need to.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Bahrain

No, we have not had the conversation because I don't think there is any need to. This team has never had No.1 and No.2 drivers and it is not planning to. It has always tried to give equal chances to both drivers, but what is different for the team this year compared to the last three years is that the gap to the second quickest team has got smaller.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Bahrain

I felt like I was driving on marbles all the time, but for the other two stints there's not yet an explanation for why the rear end wasn't working and I had a slow pace. The slow pace was due to rear end problems, but we haven't yet answers for why that happened.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Bahrain

For me it was not normal that it was oversteering so much, I used all the tools I had -- diff, brake bias -- to try to cure it, trying to save the rear tyres, but there was no way. The tyres were OK for the first couple of laps but very quickly, when the temperatures went up, it became very tricky. It was quite strange to lose so much pace, but it's not so easy to explain why, yet.feedback

Apr 16 2017

For me it's all about focusing on the race and getting the maximum out of it. Definitely a good place to start. I think as a team we can be really strong tomorrow and hopefully get that 1-2, first one of the year.feedback

Apr 16 2017

I am really happy that we are allowed to fight and I'm sure we can do it hard. Hard but fair and try to avoid what we did last year with Lewis in Turn 1, we actually collided. I'm sure we can be alright.feedback

Apr 16 2017

More at one. Definitely I've been getting more and more comfortable with the car. How it is behaving and also working with the team and fine-tuning the set-up of the car -- I'm getting better with that as well with the engineers. Overall just feeling more confident in the car and today felt good, especially towards the end of qualifying in Q3.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Got some good laps. Felt I could extract pretty much the maximum out of the car so that's always a good feeling and for sure it always takes a bit of time to get there. The more time you spend with a car driving it, you get more at one with the car. I definitely feel better and better.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

I'm really happy with my first Formula One pole. It's my fifth season in the sport now, so it took a few races. But we got it and hopefully it is the first of many. It feels good. I didn't realise it'd been nearly 10 years since a Finn was last on pole. I'm very proud as always to drive for Finland and represent my country. It's not an easy track to get everything right. It's quite a technical and there are a few tricky corners. But I I've been getting more and more comfortable with the car and managed to get the lap together.feedback

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

Thankfully it was good enough for pole. I just want to say a big thanks to the team for giving me this car. It's great that we're both starting from the front row. We've done a really good job this weekend to focus on the evening conditions and really maximise the lap time in the car. We'll enjoy this for a short period of time -- but the main focus is the race tomorrow. There is no point to start dreaming just yet. It's all about getting the maximum out of the race. As a team we can be really strong tomorrow.feedback

Apr 16 2017

I'm a racing driver, so being told to let your team mate through is the worst thing you can hear. But there was potential for Lewis to catch Sebastian, so I understand the team's decision. Personally it's hard, but what I have to find out is why we didn't have the pace today.feedback

Apr 16 2017

I was told there was a problem with the tyre pressures from the start, and that's why I was sliding around from lap two and Sebastian could put me under pressure. I was trying to extend the first stint, to minimise the issue for the second stint, but I was struggling and used the Safety Car period to pit.feedback

Apr 16 2017

In the second stint was still struggling with oversteer, less than before but still struggling and then in the last stint, even with the harder compound, it was still oversteering, so it was a strange race for me. I'm OK with third but it was not a good day.feedback

Apr 16 2017

It took a few races, but hopefully it's the first of many. I'm getting better with the set-up of the car. Feeling more comfortable.feedback

Apr 09 2017

It was out of Turn 10. I got a call, I think in Turn 7, saying the Safety Car was coming in at the end of the lap, so it was the last chance, in those straights, to do a bit of weaving to get the temperature into the tyres and out of Turn 10 I was going quite slow, trying to put heat into the tyres by going left and right, accelerating at the same time. I got into a bit of a slide, overcorrected it and spun into the grass. It was slow to get it out of the grass.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Bahrain

I apologised to everyone. It was a silly mistake; I guess these things happen but it feels pretty s--- when it happens to you. The main thing is not to do it again and I'm glad Bahrain is already in one week. The worst thing to do now would be not stop thinking about that mistake. I need to understand how I can improve in the future and need to move on. I know the pace is there, I can do very good things with the car and as a team we did a stronger job, in terms of car pace, than what we had done on Sunday in Melbourne. I just need to keep going and the results will come.feedback

Apr 08 2017

We are starting as a team first and third, it's a good place to start. The weather can be anything really tomorrow. Lewis was strong today, Ferrari was strong and we were always expecting a close fight today on-track. I think it will be the same case tomorrow, but yeah, really thankful to the team again, great job in a short amount of time in practice today to get the car setup well. It was enjoyable to drive. Let's see what tomorrow brings.feedback

Apr 08 2017

Approaching this weekend compared to Melbourne the first round of the year it was different feeling. Having an F1 full race weekend with the team then the qualifying session then the race then the podium finish it was a nice start, so definitely feeling more and more comfortable. Still not satisfied, I think we mentioned that there is a big learning curve for me with everything. I feel better and better every single day with the team and every single lap with the car.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I think around one lap here, there's quite a few places. One-thousandth is like this maybe [gestures small margin] so it's not much. A real shame he managed to get between us. That's a shame but the race is tomorrow.feedback

Apr 07 2017

It's just how the weather goes and now as a team we just have to make the most out of the time available. We'll need every lap we can get in, no matter in which conditions, to get all the data we can, for the dry and for the wet and react to the weather. We need to do some long runs in FP3, in case the race is run in the dry, to know how the tyres behave in the longer runs with higher fuel loads. It will be a mixture of different kinds of tests.feedback

Apr 07 2017

There's nothing to worry about, we are in the same boat with the other teams and drivers. We need to go with the weather and with the decisions the FIA is going to make regarding running, in terms of what sessions we're going to do tomorrow and on Sunday and we'll go from there.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I think that for us, as a team, it's definitively more important to get both cars in front of Ferrari. We need to get up to first place in the championship, that's our ultimate target. As a driver I definitively want to take every position it's there to be taken including against my teammate.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I feel well, being part of the team, and pretty comfortable with the team, but I haven't reached the point where I can say that I can't learn anything more about this team. There's definitively a lot of things I'm getting more and more comfortable, I feel good, but I think I'm going to continue in the steep learning curve I've been in for the last few months for a while more.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I think that as a starting point it was good for a first race even though it was not like my best weekend ever, it was not a perfect weekend but it was a good start. That's why I feel more comfortable and confident going into this second race with the team. The first one is done and now we focus on this one, but it's way too early to say if it's possible to win here.feedback

Apr 06 2017

We'll see where we are, we'll see with the weather and everything, but I feel that historically this track has been better for Mercedes than Melbourne, so if that's the case this year we should be able to fight for victory. But let's see.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It's really hard to follow. I was quite a bit faster at the end than Kimi [Raikkonen], but as soon as you arrive, two seconds behind, that's it, you can't really get closer than that.feedback

Mar 26 2017

Just the red guys, they are a bit too quick. We need to work harder and we are definitely ready for that. I'm ready for that. This is a start, starting with the podium and if we improve on this I look forward to the next few races.feedback

Mar 26 2017

Obviously it was first race with the team and I really want to thank everyone. The team has been so welcoming. We've worked really hard for this first race to be ready. Everything went nice and smoothly. It was also one of the most physical races ever, although this track is not too hard. But the new cars make it harder and judging from today it will be tough in some tracks. It's nice to see the physical side being hard -- I like that. It's always been difficult to follow when you are in turbulent air, when you're 1s or 1.5s behind.feedback

Mar 26 2017

Now the aero has a bigger effect on the grip of the car, there's more turbulent air and from 2,5s behind it's even more difficult to follow. You get a better slipstream on the straights, but you can't get close enough in the corners, and that's the problem.feedback

Mar 26 2017

This track has never been fantastic for me in qualifying, but today the race was good. As a team I think we did a good job with the car we had. Ferrari was quicker today, no doubt about that, so they did a better job this weekend.feedback

Mar 26 2017

I think it's going to be a big challenge, we need to work really hard if we want to beat (Ferrari). They were quicker today, no doubt.feedback

Mar 26 2017

I struggled quite a lot with the ultra soft tires, I felt I was sliding around, missing some front and rear grip. It wasn't a disaster but I will have my points that I will take.feedback

Mar 26 2017

We've worked really hard to be ready and everything went smoothly, but we need to work harder to beat the red guys.feedback

Mar 25 2017

Myself I didn't get any perfect laps in, so not that satisfied. Tomorrow's the day that matters. It seems like in the race starts we've been quite strong. If we can keep that form I had in practice, and have a nice and clean race and get some really good points.feedback

Mar 24 2017

I don't know. It's only Friday but it seems OK, we're looking good. I have to say the car felt better than at the end of testing in Barcelona, but Ferrari looks to be the closest to us and we don't know how much faster they can go, how much fuel they had on board and how much more they can turn up their engine. We're not underestimating them but it will be tomorrow afternoon that we'll see where we are.feedback

Mar 24 2017

It's only practice, but I feel I have work to do in the shorter runs -- for me that's what I have to focus on. I was quite pleased with the long runs, in terms of pace, but in the short runs I was affected by a yellow flag, but, having said that, I still have work to do. There's no particular area where I was losing out, but I know I have work to do.feedback

Mar 24 2017

[It will be] a tough fight! That's what's to be expected when you're in a fight with Lewis, it's never easy to try and be at his level of speed. But that's always the target, today was just the Friday of the season and let's see how things develop. I'm allowing myself a bit of time to get into it and I'm sure I'll get there.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I always set my target very high. I want to perform to the level where the car can be, right from the first race, that is my target. I always take it day-by-day and step-by-step but I want to start at a very high level and keep on getting better.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Obviously the targets are completely different now compared to the last few years. I feel I am in a good place and it would definitely be nice to have another Mercedes one-two here. It is a dream come true to join a team like this, that has pretty much dominated Formula One for three years.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I feel I'm ready to race and ready to bring the car to where it should be. Every time I step into the car I make progress and I feel I was getting very close to getting everything out of the car [by the end of testing]. I am confident I can get the limit out of the car. I always set my target very high, so I want to perform to the level where the car can be, right from the first race, that's my target.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Going against Lewis, I am pretty excited about that. He's a three-time world champion, he's a great reference and everyone knows how good he is as a driver. So it's great to be the teammate to Lewis and I just wish we can have a very strong year in this new era of Formula One.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I don't fear that, I think Mercedes doesn't have a number one or number two driver and that's pretty much up to me to perform. As long as I do my job so that my performance on track is at the level the car should be, we're all good. So far it has been very good. In testing we managed to work well as a team and there was a good team spirit the whole time. I see no reason why it shouldn't continue like that.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I always remind myself the only thing that matters is I perform on track and that's all I need to do. I don't know what's wrong with me but I feel no pressure at all.feedback

Mar 21 2017

The team is definitely closely watching my performance and Lewis is the reference. I am happy with that, I know this year is going to be important for me to prove to the team that I deserve this spot, I am completely fine with that.feedback

Mar 14 2017

I've definitively needed to adapt some things on my driving style, take slightly different lines and use slightly different driving techniques. It's not just because it's a different car with more grip. Mechanically it behaves a bit differently, which takes a bit of time if you want to get absolutely everything out of the car.feedback

Mar 10 2017

Who knows what people are bringing to Melbourne. We are aware that we should not underestimate them. We're not at this point saying 'OK, we are the number one', we are just working flat-out. We are still here tonight, and tomorrow on track. Then working all through next week. I'm also going back to the factory, have a chat with the engineers and try and get all the information I can to be more than ready for Melbourne but then it's Melbourne and we will see.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I think that is very difficult to say. We are definitely not confident that we are in the front. We are not relaxing or being in a comfortable situation at all. I think we do feel the other teams have made good progress over the winter. I think Ferrari is looking very strong, Red Bull can always surprise. Even some other teams can be close but definitely some other teams like Ferrari, they are looking very solid and strong and fast.feedback

Mar 09 2017

Ferrari are looking very strong, Red Bull can always surprise, and other teams can be strong. But Ferrari look solid, strong and fast -- and who knows what people will bring to Melbourne.feedback

Mar 05 2017

Day two had very windy conditions, the cars, in general, were quite snappy then. I think the wind does make a bigger effect now, because the overall downforce is bigger and if you get a gust of wind you lose a bigger amount of force than you'd normally lose before. That makes it a bit more tricky.feedback

Mar 05 2017

In terms of performance, lap time wise, I think the main proportion of the gains come from the aero, but it is very difficult to calculate exactly how much comes from the tyres. I think there is a good gain from the tyres, but aero wise it's much bigger. I think the main benefit with these new tyres is that they are more consistent, you can do longer stints with the average pace being much better, so I think the races are going to be much quicker because of that.feedback

Mar 05 2017

I think in terms of tyres, from my feeling there's not a massive difference in terms of how there's a sudden loss of grip. Only in cases when the tyre is not hot enough, which is easy in these kind of conditions, especially with the harder compounds.feedback

Mar 05 2017

It can be quite tricky to get them to work, they are quite snappy and if you have oversteer it can be quite sudden. With the softer compounds, once you get them up to temperature, you get the same amount of sliding and losing grip that you had last year.feedback

Mar 03 2017

He has been part of this team for a long time, he knows exactly how the team works. He did comment after the first time running with the new car that he feels pretty much the same behaviour as the old car - obviously with more grip and feels slightly bigger.feedback

Mar 03 2017

I still think there's work to do, as changing teams is maybe a slightly bigger thing than I initially thought it would be. But it's not a hurdle than you cannot go over, I think it's definitively something that I can do and I've been working flat out since the announcement to get comfortable with everything.feedback

Mar 03 2017

I definitively feel more comfortable and more part of the team every day, I already feel good. For example, getting in this morning and having breakfast here it already felt normal, so that's a good feeling. But there's definitively a big difference compared to last week, because this was the first proper time of working as unit, as a team, on track, with the engineers, finding performance, and I learned very much from it every day.feedback

Mar 03 2017

But I would rather join a new team at this point than, for example, the year before.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I think that during the two days of running I did - in four half days - I definitively did more laps than I've ever done and that's very nice and very useful in this new era of Formula One, with the new type of cars and, for me, with a new team. For me any track time is beneficial and I learned a lot from this running, and I'll be working together with the team on all the details. So it was a very good test, overall, the best ever for me.feedback

Mar 02 2017

We can be better. It does not have any special meaning because it's only testing and there's no reward for that. We weren't particularly focusing on lap times this week, the main priority was, for us, to get the mileage, find any issues with the car if there was anything to come from that side, because we'd rather have them here than in the races. For me it was important to get the mileages, so I was pretty happy we could manage plenty of running and, at the same time, go through the test program of the team.feedback

Oct 22 2016 - Renault

I really feel like I'm getting the most out of what I've got now.feedback

Oct 22 2016 - Renault

I'm just trying to do the best I can to take the second seat.feedback

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