Today’s press conference at the Hungaroring has gathered the owners of unpredictable successes in Germany last week. Drivers shared their memories from German Grand Prix once again.
The Racing Point driver Lance Stroll spent one of the greatest races in his F1 career last weekend, finished the race on P4. At Hockenheim Racing Point and Lance not only earn big points, but also showed they made a step forward in terms of track performances.
"It was a great result. We were really happy about that. I’m sensing some improvement. I definitely think we took a step in Hockenheim, looking at our pace throughout the weekend, Friday, Saturday, we were much more competitive than we’ve been in recent events, which is always a good thing,” – Stroll said.
Lance’s result was a real surprise for F1 fans, but bigger surprise came bit later, when Stewards penalised Alfa Romeo drivers by 30 seconds. It was the first point for Williams and Robert Kubica. However, despite happy feelings Robert doesn’t refuse that this point doesn’t match the current level of the team.
"It’s a bit mixed feeling in the end because of course it’s good to have this one point on the scoreboard but the way it came is for sure is not the way you would expect,” – Robert told.
"Of course, it was a crazy race, many mistakes. We managed to stay on track, although our pace was questionable but still, managed to keep it on the black. And then, with Alfa being penalised, we gained two positions, so it meant that we would be tenth, which is for sure good – but still we have to keep working, keep pushing.”
Two main rivals of Formula 1 Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean became stars of today’s conference. Thanks Daniil Kvyat who was sitting between them, otherwise we would have witnessed another 'crash' of the Haas drivers.
These two were very popular with numerous questions. In Germany they had a double finish in the points, but also had a third hit with each other during this season. The opinions of the drivers on this situation were different, but at the end Romain and Kevin agreed that despite emotional moments on the track, they have good relationships.
"We love each other. That’s why we get on, have a bit of a kiss on track. I think the relationship, people could think that it doesn’t look good but actually the relationship with Kevin is really good. We phone each other once a week or so. We sat down and said, ‘what can we do better’, just to make sure that’s not happening again. Obviously we’ve got the same car, so it’s happening that we are side-by-side on track more often than with the Mercedes, for example,” – Grosjean said.
"Honestly, the relationship is very good and we actually like – well, I like working with Kevin, maybe he doesn’t – but I think he likes it also. We work well together and we get on nicely.”
Kevin supported the teammate and in addition gave him some compliments.
"I think in the heat of the moment, we’re blaming each other on the radio and stuff like that – but what people don’t see is that we get together between the races and talk it through and try to be constructive and move on in a constructive way. Apart from those incidents on track, I feel that we have a pretty good working relationship,” – Magnussen admitted.
"And actually, Romain is a cool guy, and we actually have a good time when we go to work. So, it’s being blown out of proportion a little bit. I know you guys love a bit of a conflict and stuff like that, so… but it isn’t as bad as it looks.”
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