Drivers press conference at the Italian Grand Prix was about the outcomes of the Belgian Grand Prix, with Ferrari is ready to race home Grand Prix after his first victory of the season, with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso).
First question was about Monza's renewal at least until 2024, as Sebastian Vettel cheered about it: "I think Monza belongs to the calendar", the German said. "I’m obviously very happy that the Italian Grand Prix was confirmed. It’s very important for Ferrari, our biggest race of the season. Also a lot of memories as I had my first victory here in 2008", Vettel said.
The four time world champion also spoke about Ferrari's celebration yesterday in Milan: "It was special for us to celebrate. There were important cars, important piece of the Ferrari history, it was great." It was also special for the Belgian Grand Prix race winner Charles Leclerc: "It was unbelievable. First time as a Ferrari driver for me in Monza, for the first day I couldn’t expect many more. A lot of people, a lot passion, it was incredible and very impressive to see that many people coming together on Wednesday for Ferrari."
Leclerc also spoke about last weekend and how grateful he is Sebastian Vettel for his role in his first victory: "It was a very tough weekend for what happened on Saturday, but also because we knew that with the performance we had in the race it was going to be difficult, as Mercedes was very strong on race pace. It was a great work between myself and Vettel, who was able to keep Hamilton behind a couple laps, and it was very important for me to be able to win at the end of the day", the Monegasque stated.
Vettel also spent a minute talking about his teammate: "It was clear to see that he has a lot of potential, Charles had a very strong rookie season with Alfa Romeo. It’s good to see that from the team point of view, I think the most important thing is that we work together, not each other. Last weekend he was outshadowed by what happened to Anthoine Hubert, but he deserved the victory and I’m sure he will be around for a while."
Pierre Gasly also spoke about Leclerc: "We know each other since 8 years old, we were teammates, I was surprised to see how fast he was and the great battles we had. I’m not surprised by his first win, I’m sure there will be many more."
Gasly had to face his comeback to Toro Rosso and Alex Albon great debut on Red Bull. The Frenchman is still trying to push as hard as he can to show his talent: "I’m facing quite challenging time for me at the moment. Being back with Toro Rosso, with new crew around the car, made it a very intense weekend. I try to deliver the best of the performance straight away, that’s what I try to do. In Spa it was really tough before the race on Sunday and it was tricky for everyone. I think we can be really happy with the two points we scored in our first race back together. Now my goal is just to be fast, deliver the maximum points for the team, being in a good position for the championship."
Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi was also pleased to know that an agreement was reached for Italian Grand Prix: "Monza it's very important, for me is home Grand Prix. This year is my first Formula 1 race in Monza, good to know we’ll race here at least other 5 years. It’s good for Italy, for Ferrari, for Italian drivers". He also remembered about his early days in GP2 with his victory in Monza: "Great memories from me because of my win in GP2 2016 feature race, in front of my family and the Tifosi. Now I’m in Formula 1, I know a lot of people is coming here to support me, I hope to get a good result and to enjoy this race here in Italy."
Nico Hulkenberg lost his seat last week after Renault announced Esteban Ocon to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo in 2020. The German spoke about his future, with no plan to announce yet: "There are talks for a 2020 seat, the situation is what it is now, but I’m not in a urgency to sign anything. Anyway there is not much to announce right now". Hulk didn't have his easiest weekend in Spa, but he was happy for the final result: "It was a tricky weekend in Spa for me and Renault, but it was quite rewarding as we put points back on the board, that’s quite positive. We’ll try to keep the momentum here and just see how we will perform. I’m just pushing and working hard, I’m trying to take it weekend by weekend, always maximum attack".
Vettel also spoke about this weekend chance of winning for Scuderia Ferrari: "I can’t predict this weekend, but Monza is similar track to last weekend, we hope we’re going to be as competitive as there. For sure we see the trend that on qualifying we’re on the edge on this kind of tracks, but during the race it’s closer. The main challenge will be looking after the tyres, finding the right setup to extract the maximum."