F1: Canadian GP post-race quotes

Oracle Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen (1st): “The weekend went pretty smoothly for me, and we can be happy with that. Overall the Ferraris were very quick, and strong in the race. It was really exciting at the end; the last two laps were a lot of fun, I was flat out racing, and I was giving it everything I had. The safety car towards the end of the race of course didn’t help, Carlos had fresher tires so that made it difficult, I would have preferred to attack than defend, but luckily it worked out. Also, this year we seem to be quick on the straights so that helps a lot. The next race is Silverstone, I’m looking forward to going back to the more traditional tracks. We have to keep focused as a Team, and find improvements wherever we can.”

Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

SERGIO PEREZ, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 13th

Sergio Perez (DNF, Gearbox): “We think it was a gearbox issue, and I got stuck in gear unfortunately. Things were looking good, I had a good start, I was on the hard tyre, and making progress. I had finally got Daniel, in the McLaren out of the DRS zone, and it should have been a race where I could have worked my way through the field, so it’s a big shame. I felt I had plenty of potential in my race to make up a lot of places, and recover good points. We need to keep on top of the reliability because a zero, when you are fighting for the Championship, is very painful, and costly. You go into new regulations, and there is always going to be new problems to face. Today hurts a lot, it has been a weekend to forget for me, so I want to forget about today, and move onto Silverstone.”

Christian Horner, Sporting Director: “Max was amazing today, he was under so much pressure particularly at the end of the race, he’s been superb all weekend – every session through practice, qualifying, and then the race. The Ferrari was very quick today, with the DRS zones the way they are here he couldn’t break it, and Carlos was cruising up to the back of him, and you could see them recharging their battery to have another go time-after-time, but Max kept his concentration really well, and it was absolutely amazing performance. It was a frustrating weekend for Checo, and we think he had a suspected gearbox issue, so we’ll need to get the car back, and have a look at what happened. It’s exciting to now head towards Silverstone.”

Scuderia Ferrari

Carlos Sainz (2nd): “That was a solid race, and an intense battle with Max (Verstappen) to the line. The pace was very good during the entire race, but unfortunately we lost the lead after the last Safety Car. From there, I gave it my all to pass the Red Bull, but to overtake here you need a bit more than two or three extra tenths. Even though I’m disappointed at not getting the win, there are many positives to take from Canada. We were the fastest on track today, and I felt much better in the car, being able to push constantly throughout the race. Now we need to build momentum, and carry this feeling onto the next race. Next stop, Silverstone.”

Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, and Oracle Red Bull Racing talks with Second placed Carlos Sainz of Spain, and Ferrari in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc (5th): “I gave it my all. It never feels good to finish in P5, but considering where we started, and the way that the race unfolded, it was the best result we could bring home today. The first part of the race was quite frustrating, as we were stuck behind a DRS train, so it was all about practicing patience. After our pit stop, we came back out behind another DRS train, and started fighting our way back up. This part was much more fun, because I had to be quite aggressive to make it work. It was just one of those races where you had to maximize the points, and that’s exactly what we did today. I’m looking forward to Silverstone now. It’s one of my favorite circuits on the calendar, and hopefully we can score some big points there.”

Mattia Binotto, Team Principal: “We came into this weekend knowing it would be a case of damage limitation, given we would have one car at the back of the grid, and we came away from it having closed the gap slightly in the Constructors’ classification, after a race that demonstrated that reliability problems can affect everyone in the current Formula 1. We have some of these issues, and, back in Maranello, we are working flat out to fix them definitively. Charles did his very best, making up 14 places from the back row to finish fifth. Carlos drove a great race, which demonstrated just how much confidence he now has in the car. Now we head to Silverstone, where we expect our rivals to introduce some updates, but we certainly intend to be competitive there.”

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team

Lewis Hamilton (3rd): “It’s quite overwhelming honestly, to get this third place. It’s been such a battle this year with the car as a Team, but we continue to stay vigilant, focussed, and never giving up. That’s something I’m so proud of, and I remain inspired by my crew so thank you, to everyone who’s here in Montreal, and back at the factory. The guys are the front are a little bit quick for us at the moment, I was giving it everything, but we’re getting closer. We’ve just got to keep pushing, and keep pushing, and hopefully we’ll be in the fight with these guys. I could just about see them in the end thanks to the Safety Car! Honestly, our pace was quite good, particularly in the second phase of the stint. We did a lot of work, back in the simulator, but also here to get the set up right. So honestly, I’m ecstatic. I think, as I said, I didn’t expect this coming into the weekend. This is my second podium of the year, and it was really special. Especially where I got my first Grand Prix win! I love it here in Montreal so big thank you to all the Canadians!”

George Russell (4th): “I had total confidence we’d have been able to carve our way past the Haases, and the Alpines. We were certainly concerned that Leclerc, and Checo would be able to come through, and we were fortunate enough to keep them behind us. Ultimately our race pace was closer to Ferrari, and Red Bull than we’ve seen all season, but we’ve had performance issues, and they haven’t. Everything is easier in hindsight, and I probably would have liked to have pitted under the first VSC, but at the end of the day, I don’t think it would have changed my finishing result. The pace was really strong in the first stint, on the second stint it was strong, and the final stint after the restart, I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t get my tires working. So that was a bit of a shame, to drop back slightly, and not be in the fight. Nevertheless, P4, good points for the Team, and it’s great to be back on the podium as Mercedes.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal: “Montreal has always been a happy place for Lewis, and today he was really good, with a car that was a handful so we can be quietly satisfied. The race pace was good, particularly when the tires started to degrade – Max, and Carlos actually came towards us, and that was nice to see. After a bold gamble yesterday which left him further down the grid, George made smart overtakes at the start, and then showed good pace to bring the result home behind Lewis. The past two weekends have showed the collective spirit of the team to extract a solid haul of points, even if we lack the pace to be challenging the guys at the front.”

Andrew Shovlin: “It’s a good result for the team to come away with another third, and fourth place, and encouraging that the underlying pace looked a better than in Baku. Both drivers had a good race. Lewis had a very solid drive to the podium; we didn’t quite have the pace of Max or Carlos, but most of the time, it felt that we were just missing two or three tenths which will spur us all on to work to close that gap. George also surprised us with his ability to pick cars off in the first stint. We’d opted for a big wing on his car going into qualifying to see what we could do in the wet conditions yesterday, but expected it to be a liability in the race. However, he was able to use it to attack into the corners, and made good progress through the field back to fourth. It’s really hard to know what to expect coming to each track with this car, but we certainly maximized the opportunity today, and we’ve learned a bit more about the car. The team in Brackley, and Brixworth will continue to push hard, there’s lots to improve on the car, but that can be translated into potential, and the race today has given us more encouragement to keep pushing to close that gap.”

McLaren F1 Team

Daniel Ricciardo (11th): “Unfortunately, not the best Sunday for us. We simply didn’t have the pace, and then had to manage a few other things as well. That was tough, it just put us too far out of contention. So, otherwise, we’ve got to have a look, see where we can go better, and then just clean a few things up.”

Lando Norris (15th): “We were unlucky today in many places, and also just didn’t have the pace to race, and overtake the people we wanted to race against. It was very difficult to overtake in general, and that hurt our pace. We simply couldn’t get into the positions we wanted to be in. I think the pace wasn’t too bad, still not good enough, but not too bad, just the fact we couldn’t overtake, hurt us badly today. We’ve got work to do. There were mistakes from my side, mistakes from the team’s behalf, and we’ll just need to step back, refresh, go again, and do a much better job in the next one.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “A very disappointing Sunday afternoon for us here in Montréal. It’s been a tough weekend in general, with the car lacking pace, having reliability issues, and suffering an operational issue in the double-shuffle pitstop during the Virtual Safety Car period. We have to acknowledge our competitors did a better job, and therefore we didn’t deserve points today. We didn’t give Lando or Daniel the package they deserved today, so we have to offer them an apology. My thanks to our team here at the track, back in the factory, and our colleagues at HPP for their efforts over the whole of this long-haul double-header. We also have to use this as an opportunity to learn, and come back stronger in two weeks for our home race at Silverstone.”

BWT Alpine F1 Team

Esteban Ocon (6th): “I’m very happy with the result today to score eight points. The team did a great job with the car, and the strategy, and it was all well managed overall. We leave Canada with some good points for the team, and a big step up in the Constructors’ Championship. I’m glad I was able to help Fernando at the end there with DRS to keep Valtteri [Bottas] behind. There is still a lot to discuss, and learn with regards to how the weekend unfolded, but the important thing is to keep this momentum going, and keep delivering good performances in the next races.”

Fernando Alonso (7th): “I think this weekend we deserved better than ninth position, but it’s still good for both cars to score points in the end. We ultimately lost a big opportunity to fight for a potential podium as I felt like I had the pace to do so. We were hit with a badly timed VSC just before our first stop. I was on the main straight when it was deployed, and then missed a pit-stop opportunity before it ended. We then had an engine problem from lap 20, which we were trying to manage. We didn’t retire the car, and used the DRS to defend, as we were losing a lot of time on the straights. It’s disappointing especially after yesterday’s performance, but we’ll head to Silverstone, try to get on top of our reliability issues, and score more points.”

Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer: “The team leaves Canada feeling proud after scoring good points in today’s race with Esteban sixth, and Fernando ninth after a post-race penalty. Even after such a strong Saturday, we entered the race today with a realistic mindset, and we knew scoring multiple points with both cars, and swinging the momentum in the championship was the absolute goal. Fernando was certainly very unfortunate with the deployment timing of both VSCs early in the race, and he also had a small issue on his car, which held him back from making further progress. Esteban benefitted from a bright start to the race, and executed his plan well to progress to sixth at the end, with his clever, team-minded driving to allow Fernando DRS in the closing stages, the key to cementing our final positions. We’ve demonstrated our ability this weekend, and we look forward to the next string of car updates for the next round with the objective of fighting further up the grid.”

Scuderia AlphaTauri

Pierre Gasly (14th): “Starting the race out of position we thought we’d go for a different strategy, so we pitted a bit earlier, but it didn’t really make much of a difference. We were struggling a lot with grip, sliding around a lot in these conditions, and we just didn’t have the pace to fight in the top 10. We will have to analyze everything, but objectively we were just too slow in the race. Likewise, we didn’t get lucky with the Virtual Safety Car, but at the end of the day it wouldn’t have changed our end result that much. We need to use the gap now to work out what we could’ve done better, so we can arrive in Silverstone as best prepared as possible.”

Yuki Tsunoda (DNF, Accident): “I’ve already been to the garage to apologize to all the team, I just pushed too much on pit exit, and unfortunately I went into the wall. The pace was good today, and we’d made a strong recovery up until that point, even if it was hard to overtake, so I’m disappointed with that ending.”

Jody Egginton, Technical Director: “Quite simply, it was a disappointing race for us. Starting from last on the grid due to the PU change, Yuki put in a strong stint for the first half of the race, and managed his tires well. He was able to get into a position within a shout of scoring points, but unfortunately, he went off soon after exiting the pits, following his second stop, and ended his race on the spot. We opted for a very early first stop with Pierre, to try, and give him some free air, this put him out of phase with some cars around him, and additionally the VSC’s did not fall well for him. This made his progress more challenging, and, with the balance on his first set of hard tires not being great, it was not possible to make enough progress to get into a point scoring position today. This result means we have lost some ground in the midfield battle, and we need to come back strong in the next race to recover.”

Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team

Lance Stroll (10th): “We had a great strategy for this race, and I am super-pleased to have been able to score a point. We did a great job deciding to go long on the first set of tires to make a one-stop race work, managing to keep a string of cars behind me. The overtake on Daniel [Ricciardo] was a nice bonus – we were on fresher tires so it was a pretty easy move. Things are certainly a lot more challenging this year, but I am pleased to have had a successful race today. Finally, a big thank you to all the fans for giving me such a fantastic reception all weekend – it has been incredible to race at home after such a long time away.”

Sebastian Vettel (12th): “It just was not our day. We made an early stop to find some clear air, but then the Virtual Safety Cars came along at the wrong time. That really compromised my race. At the end, I was on very old rubber, and I tried to hang on, but it did not work out. Lance was on fresher tires, and the team asked me to let him past to attack Daniel, which I was happy to do. The result was frustrating – we had shown good pace this weekend, and could have had a better result, but sometimes things do not go your way. Today felt like one of those days. Well done to the team for all their hard work, and to Lance for scoring a point today.”

Mike Krack, Chief Operating Officer: “On paper, 10th position for Lance feels like scant reward for a long, hard weekend, and a race that was tricky to manage from start to finish., but that point does not tell the whole story: Lance drove patiently, managing an extremely long first stint on the Hard tire to keep a train of cars behind him. He was unleashed at the end, and deserved that final point – helped in part by Sebastian, who graciously moved aside to let him attack Daniel. Sebastian also drove a fine, measured race. Starting towards the back stacks things against you, and his strategy was not helped by the pair of VSCs in the early laps, but, ultimately, I think we worked well as a team today. We got the best out of a tricky set of strategic options, executed some solid pit-stops, and we go home encouraged by the burgeoning pace of our car.”

Williams Racing

Alexander Albon (13th): “Going into this weekend, we knew this track was going to be difficult, and despite our good qualifying, in the first 3-4 laps I could tell it was going to be a struggle. I think P13 was all we could have achieved today so at face value; I am quite happy with it. Going into the next stint of races, hopefully we can make these upgrades, and continue to improve on this.”

Nicholas Latifi (16th): “The overall experience of the weekend has been pretty special. It’s great to finally have my first home race, and the support I felt from my family, friends, and all the fans in the grandstands was amazing. In terms of on track, we were lacking a lot of pace, and we need to try to understand why in both high, and low fuel. We have two weeks now to try, and do a bit of analysis before heading to Silverstone. Regardless of the result, this weekend has been one to remember.”

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: “It was always going to be difficult to hang on to what we earned yesterday, and we didn’t have the pace to hold off the quicker cars that started behind us. However, we did have a good race with Gasly, and Norris, and we were close to Vettel, and Ricciardo at the end too. Like last weekend, the timing of the virtual safety car was not good for Alex, but he kept his head down, and made the best of it. Similar to Alex, Nicholas struggled to find pace during the race despite his best efforts. As a team it was great to be a part of Nicholas’ first home race, and experience the support from the fans. We needed a little more basic car pace to be able to really race for points, and everyone in Grove is working very hard to deliver that to the track as soon as possible.”

Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN

Valtteri Bottas (8th): “We can be pleased with today’s race, especially with the pace we have shown throughout the afternoon. It’s always good to get double points, particularly after a couple of difficult races, but the most important thing was to see that we could fight the cars around us, and that we are back at the level we had at the start of the season. My race was quite straightforward: I started on the hard tire, and then everything went perfectly for me. The timing of the Safety Car was ideal, I was like ‘happy days!’ It felt really good to be out there, and I’m happy for Zhou as well. He had strong pace, and he can take a lot of confidence from this weekend.”

Guanyu Zhou (9th): “It’s been a pretty good weekend for me, and for the team, and I am really happy with P8 as it’s my best finish in F1 so far. Today we did everything correctly on track, and with the strategy: we got stuck behind Lance for a while, but nevertheless we had clean, fast progress over the weekend. We extracted everything we could, and got the full potential out of the car, and finishing in the Top 10 after a sequence of frustrating races is a nice reward. I obviously didn’t have much experience on this track, but we got the job done in tricky conditions yesterday, and today we had strong pace: I knew that we would be able to fight for points, and we did. I am super happy for the everyone here, and back at the factory, we really deserved this result for the work done, and the progress achieved over the past few weeks. I’m really looking forward to continuing in this vein in the next races.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal: “We achieved a really good result as a team, and we can be really pleased with our performance. Both Valtteri, and Zhou executed their races well, and were able to bring home their cars in the points, which is a nice reward after a few tough weekends. It shows the spirit of this team, we didn’t let our heads drop, and we came back fighting here in Canada. I can’t fault either of the drivers for their races, they were solid, and didn’t do mistakes: Valtteri was able to make the most of the timing of the Safety Car, and Zhou delivered a very mature performance to get back in the points. The crew performed when they were called to the fore, such as with the double-stacked pit-stop – this is a true team result, and it gives us a lot of confidence as we continue our fight in the midfield.”

Haas F1 Team

Kevin Magnussen (17th): “We were forced to pit with the damage we had, but it was nothing. The car was perfect to drive, there was no effect on the car. This is normal, you’ve got to be able to finish the race with some scratches on your car. We could’ve got back in, but we were forced to pit, and then there was a virtual safety car, and then everyone else pitted. It’s frustrating – it’s now four races or something where we haven’t scored points, so we want to get into the points again.”

Mick Schumacher (DNF, Power unit): “We had a PU issue which is obviously very unfortunate as I think we were having a good race up until that point – the feeling of the car was great, and the pace was not too bad either. We can take away that the pace yesterday, and even today was strong, so it’s all to play for in Silverstone. I feel like we built the cake, but we just didn’t get to put the frosting on it.”

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal: “Not what we wanted today. Kevin’s race was over when he had to change front wing. Mick was fighting really hard, and was getting into the groove, but something on the PU let go, and that was his day done. Obviously, when you’re dead last it’s just very hard to recover, so we ended up where we ended up.”