In view of the continued global spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with Formula One Ltd, the holder of copyrights and licenses for F1, as well as the FIA & the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association (VMA), the Vietnam Grand Prix Limited Liability Company (VGPC) regrets to announce the postponement of the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 as scheduled.
Due to take place on 3 – 5 April, the decision to postpone comes after extensive consideration of the ongoing and developing coronavirus situation as well as after the recent WHO declaration of the outbreak as a global pandemic, and follows guidance from all relevant authorities whose collective concern is the health and well-being of the Vietnamese people as well as travelling Formula 1 fans, staff and championship participants.
This has been a very difficult decision to reach, especially as preparations for Hanoi to join the world’s most prestigious sporting event with a world-class, state-of-the-art F1 circuit had just entered their final stages.
VGPC will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA, the
Hanoi People’s Committee and the VMA to monitor the situation and will look to
announce an alternative date and provide a further update for our ticket
purchasers, sponsors and partners in due course.
The organizers’ thoughts go to all those directly and indirectly affected by the current coronavirus situation, as well as those for whom this announcement will be a disappointment as they looked forward to an exciting inaugural race in Vietnam.
With about a month before the 2020 Formula 1 season kicks off in Australia, F1 Teams do their customary introductions to promote new challengers and driver lineups.
We start with the Reigning Champion Mercedes-AMG F1 Team. The Champs put their new Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance challenger on track at Silverstone for its initial testing. This is the 11th F1 car by the Silver Arrows since their return to the Series.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas return for another season to defend the team’s championship honors. Both drivers pilot the car that had 10,000 new parts. The car continues to run on a 1.6-liter V6 hybrid engine, since 2014.
Ferrari’s 2020 challenger is called the SF1000. The SF1000 denotes the Prancing Horse as the first team ever to take part in 1000 Formula 1 Grands Prix. This year, Ferrari observe its 70th anniversary in the series.
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are back as pilots for a second year driver pairing. Both drivers are in the Catalunya track for the first testing of the season, starting 19 February.
Marking its 70th year in F1, Ferrari have participated in 991 races and won 238 of them. In the new season, Ferrari intend to push for glory and expect both drivers to battle for top honors at every race.
McLaren took the covers off their 2020 F1 Challenger MCL35 last week at their headquarters in Woking. The 2020 team feature Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in their second year as the team’s driver tandem.
The McLaren MCL35’s papaya and blue livery remains similar to last season. The car is powered by a Renault E-Tech 20 engine.
McLaren and the other F1 teams are preparing for the pre-season test in Catalunya from 19 – 21 February. Next, the teams conduct a second test from 26 – 28 February.
Renault F1 Team previewed its R.S. 20 challenger with drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, recently. The 2020 challenger, powered by the E-Tech 20 engine, is set for full reveal at the Catalan track in Barcelona on 19 February.
Ricciardo is into his 2nd season with Renault, while Esteban Ocon, a graduate of the Mercedes driver development program, joins the French squad from a year spent at Mercedes-AMG F1 team as test driver. The Frenchman has raced for the now defunct Force India squad from 2017 – 2018.
Red Bull Racing
Red Bull Racing’s RB16 debuted at Silverstone in its familiar colors. The RBR squad feature Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon, who’s called up from sister team Toro Rosso.
RBR prepare for the first of two three-day tests starting 19 February at the Circuit Catalunya.
Toro Rosso becomes Alpha Tauri Team
At the Alpha Tauri Team unveiling recently in Salzburg, the squad presented its 2020 challenger, the AT01, and title partners AlphaTauri. They’ve gone from Energy drink to a fashion label, owned by Red Bull.
The AlphaTauri F1 cars took to the track in Misano, before being transported to the first testing site at Catalunya. The driver pairing comprises Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat. “There’s a new chapter coming with Scuderia AlphaTauri. I like fashion as well, so for me it’s great to be combining a fashion brand with Formula 1. I think it’s a great adventure that is starting now and I’m really excited to get started properly on track and take the brand to another level,” Gasly said.
Alfa Romeo Racing
The Team formerly known as the Sauber F1 team has unveiled its 2020 challenger, the C39, at the Fiorano. The Alfa Romeo Racing team conducted a first shakedown of the C39 in pre-launch ‘snakeskin’ livery at the track. Kimi Raikkonen was on hand in Fiorano to take the car out for a first shakedown.
The livery of the C39 by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo took its inspiration from one of the Brand’s dominant icons, the heraldic ‘Biscione’. The snakeskin pattern not only endows the car with an exotic look, it also camouflages its normal appearance and disguises its secrets until the official launch at the Circuit Catalunya.
Prior to the start of the pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya, Alfa Romeo Racing took the covers off the new-liveried C39 with drivers Kimi Räikkönen, Antonio Giovinazzi, test/reserve driver Robert Kubica and development driver Tatiana Calderon.
Since taking in Alfa Romeo Racing, the race car has that familiar Alfa Romeo racing colors. For 2020, the paintwork is developed by Centro Stile and theme represents the “Speed-Pixel”: a graphic evocation of speed and time in what is the year of the brand’s 110th anniversary. There is also a return to a simplified quadrifoglio design and an enlarged Alfa Romeo script on the engine cover which is now overlapping the main logo. Alfa Romeo Racing squad aims to battle regularly in the midfield and a shot at the top five on the grid.
Formula 1 is
getting set to descend on the South East Asian country of Vietnam in 2020. Vietnam
becomes only the third country in this minor Asian region to host an F1 race
after Malaysia and Singapore. The promoters, Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation,
today announced official logo and the track’s grandstands’ titles for the
upcoming race to be held from 3 – 5 April.
The Vietnamese GP takes place on the Hanoi Circuit. The track grandstands take up the country’s most famous and important landmarks, major cities and provinces. Hanoi circuit features 23 turns and a distance of 5,607 km. With a combination of high speed and slow corners, the track has a good blend of street and regular circuit configuration. There are as many as three overtaking points.
breakdown of the Grandstands at F1’s newest track:
• Thăng Long Grandstand – Located along the
Starting Grid, this stand takes its title from Hanoi’s traditional name –
meaning a rising dragon – and symbolizes the constant growth and development of
• Hải Phòng Grandstand – positioned by Turn
1, this is named after the major port city that also functions as an industrial
centre and the largest seaport in the North of Vietnam. This is also the third
largest city in the country, the second in the North and one of the five
• Hạ Long Grandstand – Positioned at the
winding arc that makes up Turns 2-4, this Grandstand is named after Ha Long
Bay, the world-famous UNESCO World Natural Heritage, considered to be one of
the most beautiful natural settings on the planet and also renowned as the
mythical home of dragons.
• Huế Matrix One Grandstand – This
Grandstand is situated at the tricky Turn 7-8 sequence and is named after the
central Vietnamese city – another UNESCO Heritage Centre – that was the seat of
Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. The Hue
Matrix One Grandstand is sponsored by MIK Group.
• Đà Nẵng Grandstand – this stand is located
just past Turn 10 and is named after Vietnam’s fourth largest city, the key
economic region of the Central area of Vietnam, famous for its white sand
beaches, Ba Na Mountain, Son Tra peninsula & Marble Mountain….
• Nha Trang Grandstand – Set just before
Turn 11, this is named after the famous coastal resort city in southern Vietnam
famed for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay,
commonly referred to as ‘The Pearl of the East Sea” and one of Vietnam’s most
popular tourist destinations.
• Sài Gòn Grandstand – Situated at Turn 12,
this is named after Vietnam’s largest city’s former name. One of the most
important economic, cultural, political and educational centers of Vietnam, it
is famous for its Ben Thanh market as well as the stunning Nguyen Hue street,
Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and most recently the Landmark 81
building – tallest in Southeast Asia.
• Cần Thơ Grandstand – found by Turn 13,
this Grandstand takes its name from the bustling city in southern Vietnam’s
Mekong Delta region, celebrated for its canal network, nearby floating markets
and fruitful orchards.
• Phú Quốc Grandstand – located by turn
22-23, this grandstand is named after the largest island in Vietnam also known
as Jade Island due to its picturesque beaches and magnificent landscapes such
as the Phu Quoc National Park, An Thoi archipelago, Van Ninh fishing village
and the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc (the first and largest semi-wild zoo in
For the inaugural Vietnam GP, tickets are already on sale. If you haven’t gotten your tickets, you might want to check out www.f1vietnamgp.com or call the hotline: at 1900 232428 or 0915 73 44 66
2020 Formula 1 Calendar
This season’s Formula 1 calendar features 22 races around the world. Vietnam is listed third on the calendar after the Australian and Bahrain Grands Prix.
The F1 Japanese
Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Valtteri Bottas capture his sixth win lifetime to help
Mercedes firm up the Constructors’ title. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was third, behind
rival Sebastien Vettel.
With 1 and 3,
Hamilton and Bottas become the only two drivers in the standings with a shot at
the drivers’ trophy. Mercedes’ constructors
title is the sixth consecutive title since the Silver Arrows made its entry in
the sport as a factory team. There are
four races left in the season…
The start of the race was clear cut, it was Mercedes versus Ferrari off the grid. Vettel hesitated at the start and that allowed Bottas to shoot ahead. Meantime, Charles LeClerc got a wheelspin and was picked off by Max Verstappen. He tried to block the Red Bull but unsuccessful.
It was Bottas, followed by Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen and Hamilton on the first lap. The Mercedes drivers and Vettel went for a two-stopper. After his first stop, he resumed the attack on the lead Mercedes on lap 17. Bottas managed to come out ahead of Vettel after his stop. Hamilton would pit later and retook the race third.
The order would change slightly after the second stop, Hamilton led -Vettel and Bottas, after Bottas dove in the pitlane. Hamilton would go in lap 42 and attacked the minute he rejoined the track, but Vettel covered well. Past mid-part of the race, Bottas led the race with Vettel and Hamilton. Six laps from the end, Hamilton made a final push for runner-up spot but Vettel wouldn’t have it. Alex Albon finished fourth for Red Bull from Carlos Sainz, Behind Sainz, everybody finished a lap down on the leaders. LeClerc was demoted from sixth to seventh after a post race review, as he was penalized for blocking Verstappen at the start. Verstappen, meanwhile, didn’t finish the race.
It’s the first win of the seaosn for four-time F1 Champion and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who topped his team mate Charles LeClerc at the 61-lap Marina Bay Street Circuit, on Sunday. The conditions proved that the mean streets in downtown Singapore were well suited for the Ferraris. It was Ferrari’s 84th 1-2 finish in F1. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen came in in third to demote the Mercedes cars to fourth and fifth, where Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of his team mate.
At race start, LeClerc led Hamilton and
Vettel under the night lights of the magnificent Marina Bay street circuit.
Vettel pushed to try to get past Hamilton on the opening lap, but didn’t succeed.
After the race leaders and the rest of the field settled, the lead Ferrari maintained the lead. In the first stop, Ferrari called Vettel in for a stop first as he was pursued by a hot Verstappen, who ran fourth at the time, Ferraris were on a one-stopper. LeClerc pitted on lap 20, a lap later than his team mate. He retook the track in second behind Vettel.
The other contenders took their pitstop
strategies in stride. It was until lap 35 that there’s some drama on track with the
safety car called out when George Russell and Romain Grosjean collided. By
then, Vettel led the race quite comfortably, almost 5 seconds ahead of LeClerc.
The usual suspects were all there, it was Vettel, LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton
and Valtteri Bottas.
After the middle part of the race, there were two more safety car periods. The final safety car period basically sealed the deal for the Ferraris as they were able to maintain the one-two and reduce tyre wear until the chequered flag. The order would finish in such: Vettel from LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas.
Behind Bottas came the second Red Bull of Alexander
Albon who led home McLaren’s Lando
Norris, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio
So it would be Vettel’s day as he got to the top step of the podium after an absence of over a year, dating back to Belgium 2018. It was his fifth win in Singapore, which is a record for any driver at the Marina Bay track. His 14th win with Ferrari also puts him third in the list of all-time Ferrari winners between Michael Schumacher on 72 and Niki Lauda on 15. It was his 53rd career win and Ferrari’s 238th.
A jubilant Vettel remarked, “It was about time!
I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team
here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for. I was
playing a waiting game until I got the call on the radio to pit for new tyres.
I had not expected to stay out so long but the decision was key, because I was
able to rejoin with a clear track ahead of me and I could run at my own pace
making up ground on all the others, to the extent that I was in the lead by
almost five seconds at the time the Safety Car came out. From then on, the race
was continually interrupted, with a further two restarts, but I still managed
to maintain concentration and avoid making any mistakes.”
The next round, the 16th of the season, is
next weekend in Russia, at the Sochi Autodrom.
It was only a week agp that Ferrari’s rookie Charles LeClerc took his maiden win at the Spa-Francorchamps. Before he even got soaked into it, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza which happened to be Ferrari’s home race saw the Ferrari Rook take his second win, again beating the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Although a little late in the season, LeClerc is proving he is the main staple of the team instead of 4-time F1 Champion Sebastien Vettel. Speaking of Vettel, he skidded in the early part of the race and had to battle his way back to end up 13th. LeClerc’s win means Ferrari has 237 wins in F1 and their 9th at Monza.
The race start had LeClerc in front of the two Mercedes,
while Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg beat out Vettel for fourth position. Vettel
would snatch fourth back in an instant.
Lap 6, Vettel was too eager to get close to the
second Mercedes and collided with Lance Stroll’s car at the Ascari. He reoovered
but was way back in 19t , after a stop to change the front wing and
having to serve a 10-second stop and go.
Up front, the Mercedes didn’t give much room to
Leclerc as they gave chase. The Rook however managed to maintain a small lead
over Hamilton, up to the point when the Mercedes was due for a stop on lap 19. Ferrari decided the pit the
race leader the lap after. It was then an interesting battle between Hamilton
and LeClerc happened at the Roggia turn. The Ferrari’s tyres weren’t up to
temperature yet. But, the rookie wouldn’t give in even with Mercedes cars
chasing him to the brink. LeClerc was able to hold them off. Ferrari attributed this to the new Power unit,
the speed of the car, the specially-tuned aerodynamics and the amazing drive of
LeClerc. The LeClerc-Mercedes pursuit went on for 33 laps.
In the final stages, LeClerc held his own as
the Mercedes settled into their respective positions. The Ferrari finished just
850 thousandths of a second ahead of Bottas’ Mercedes. Hamilton was third, while
the two Renaults of Daniel RIcciardo and Hulkenberg were fourth and fifth.
Alexander Albon took sixth for Red Bull with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in
seventh and eighth. Final points went to Alfa Romeo’s Antonio
Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris.
The Formula 1 World Championship resumes in a
fortnight’s time in Singapore.
LeClerc commened, “It felt ten times stronger than anything I have ever experienced in my whole career. It was very special. The first stint was quite controlled, but the second stint was a bit less strong on my side, because I had to focus on the car behind me a lot as the gap was closing. It was very difficult and I had a lot of pressure on me.”
A year earlier, you’ve probably never heard
of Charles LeClerc. Even Ferrari’s massive media hype will not deter F1 fans
from 4-time Champion Sebastien Vettel.
Last Sunday at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, fans finally got to know the rookie LeClerc as he scored his first ever win. The kid from Monaco managed the 44 lap race to perfection; he’s also the first from Monaco to take an F1 win. The two Mercedes were right there as well with Lewis Hamilton second and Valtteri Bottas third. LeClerc’s illustrious team mate Vettel was fourth to complete an all Ferrari and Mercedes white wash. LeClerc becomes only the third winner this season, after Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The race was LeClerc’s all the way. He got away well from pole to keep the lead.
Behind him, Vettel was overtaken at the first corner by Hamilton but retook the
place getting by again at the end of the Kemmel straight.
After a restart, LeClerc managed to pull away from the group, running at a consistent pace. He would soon relinquish the lead for a bit when he had to pit for new shods. Vettel took the lead but had to give the lead back to his team mate on lap 27.
At the halfway
mark, Vettel and Hamilton got into a scrap for few laps. Once he had lost the
place, the team changed his strategy, bringing him in for another set of soft
tyres to run for the final ten laps of the race. Vettel would drop another position
to Bottas in the process.
LeClerc had no
issues in the front, though the Mercedes cars tried to inch closer. He also hit
the fastest lap of the race for an extra point.
In the final
stage, there was a nail biting moment, as LeClerc fought off a hard-charging
Hamilton, who never got quite close enough to use the DRS. But, that was it…Hamilton
couldn’t do it and it was LeClerc’s win, less than a second ahead of the
their 236th win, while LeClerc becamethe youngest driver to take pole and the
win at Spa-Francorchamps. He is also the youngest ever driver to win a Grand
Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari.
The series is back on track right from next week in Monza
for the Italian Grand Prix.
LeClerc commented in post-race, “It is difficult to enjoy a first victory on a
weekend like this. The race itself was good and nothing would have been
possible without the amazing car the team gave me. We made good improvements in
terms of race pace and tyre management this weekend. The last few laps weren’t
easy. I saw Lewis coming closer and closer in the mirror, so I put my head down
and tried to focus on the work I had to do in the car. At the end, I managed to
cross the line in first place!”
In a topsy-turvy rain-soaked German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Max Verstappen was the big winner for Red Bull Racing. The two Mercedes finished out of the points for the first time in the season. Lewis Hamilton ended up 11th and Valtteri Bottas crashed out of the race. It took a horrid weather to stop Mercedes’ progress in the championship, so be it…at least we have an interesting race to witness.
The 11th round of the Formula 1
World Championships was going Mercedes’ way after Saturday’s qualifying where
they secured positions 1 and 2. But, the tide turned against them on Sunday. Verstappen
was the winner, but it was Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who overcame the odds
from last place on starting grid to second place at the finish.
At race start, Vettel quickly made up grounds
from 20th to 14th and up 12th, after
dispatching Daniel Riccairdo in a Renault. Verstappen tagged the Mercedes cars
as the rest of the field struggled for grip on a damp track. Hamilton gambled on
slicks rather than intermediates. It would soon became a nightmare for him
After the first stop and a safety car period, the restart saw Charles LeClerc zip past Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen for fourth. Few cars behind, Vettel jumped from tenth to seventh.
The rain came pouring round about the halfway
mark of the race which made it more interesting. LeClerc fell victim to the weather
as he crashed into the barriers, while running second at the time. Vettel had
to switch to intermediates and retook the track in eighth.
Another safety car period at the three
quarters mark following Hulkenberg’s crash. The surviving Ferrari ran ninth
after a stop for tyres.
In the final stint, Hamilton ran wide and hit the wall, damaging his front wing. He dropped out of the race. Later, Bottas would crashed out from the lead. With the two Mercedes gone, Verstappen led from the field as everyone got promoted. Vettel, meantime, carved his way to the front with relative ease. Another restart was required but it didn’t stop Vettel as he took out Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll to get up to third, with three laps to go.
Final two laps, the Ferrari made quick work of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso to take the chequered flag in second place behind Verstappen. If there were more laps, Vettel could have snatched the win from the factory Red Bull…
Although Mercedes had the worst race of the season they still lead the standings, way ahead. Hamilton was classified 11th but somehow finished ninth in the classification. Robert Kubica took home a point for Williams by finishing tenth.
The next round takes place in Hungary, next weekend/
Top three drivers’ quotes:
Verstappen: It was definitely not an easy
race and very tricky with the changing conditions. The Team made all the right
calls. They were giving me the right information and keeping an eye on all the
other teams and sector times. They were really on top of things and everyone
worked so well together. It has been one of my most difficult races and it is
great to come out on top. For sure I enjoy driving in the wet but also you need
a good car for that. You can find a bit of pace in yourself but today we had
both things right and I’m very happy with the result.
Vettel: That was quite a race. I enjoyed it even though it was a tricky
race, something of a lottery. I made up a lot of ground immediately after the
start and in the first couple of laps, even though it was difficult to see.
After that, it was quite hard to get into a rhythm as I did not feel so
comfortable on the intermediates and their degradation was quite high. It was
hard to tell if the lack of grip was because of the track being greasy or
because the tyres were going off. There are so many decisions to make, but
overall we stayed on track and in the race. In mixed conditions when it was
starting to dry on the slicks I felt comfortable and that’s when we made up the
Kvvyat: It’s incredible to be back on the podium in what could be called my ‘second career’. I thought it would never happen again in my life, so I’m so incredibly happy. There’s so many emotions I still need some time to let it all sink in!
Vietnam is set to host a Formula 1 race in 2020. Following a groundbreaking event in March, Vietnam is slated to be the third country in Southeast Asia to host an F1 race.
The Vietnam F1 GP is promoted by the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation. The promoters have release pre-sale ticket prices for next year’s race. Prices for 3-day ticketing range from $165 (unreserved grandstand) to $4,100 (Diamond suite). Per-day ticketing is also available.
Set to become the fourth proper street race on the F1 calendar
next year, the F1 Hanoi Racetrack will run to 5.57km and feature 22 corners,
some of them borrowing heavily from iconic tracks like Suzuka and the
Nürburgring. Designed by Tilke Engineers & Architects in partnership with
F1’s own Motorsports team, the circuit is set to be one of the most challenging
and exciting tracks on the calendar while also featuring one of the longest
straights in the sport at 1.5km.
Chi Le Ngoc, CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, remarked, “Today is another key milestone in the arrival of Formula 1 in Hanoi. We are thrilled to launch our ticket sales programme this week. Our message to everyone is clear: come to Hanoi next April not only to witness a spectacular race on F1’s newest street circuit but also to discover this beautiful city and all it has to offer.”
The Vietnam GP 2020 is offering fans a choice of three different 3 ticket types: Hospitality, Grandstand and General Admission. Each ticket type is divided into several categories which include different benefits and can be bought as either 1-Day or 3-Day packages, ensuring that all spectators will have the chance to find the ticket category that best suits their requirements.
In addition to the three VGPC’s ticket categories, F1 fans can also choose to visit the F1 Paddock Club to enjoy the race weekend in style. No other sports hospitality event has the luxury of a whole weekend like Paddock Club, so there’s more than enough time to enjoy all the F1 experiences on offer here. On one side you can look down into the Paddock where drivers, celebrities and F1 legends walk. On the other, you look down onto the pit lane and the starting grid.
Apart from the F1 race, all ticket holders will also be able to enjoy watching the support series on track as well as participate in and witness the many entertainment activities, food festivals and live concerts that will be taking place across the circuit and F1 Fanzone all weekend.
For details, visit the official webpage at f1vietnamgp.com
After nine races in the season, someone has
finally dethroned Mercedes’ tight grip in the first eight races. Max Verstappen
broke the chain in an emphatic second win at Red Bull’s home GP. Second was
Charles LeClerc for Ferrari and third place went to, you guessed it, a Mercedes,
It was a tough race for Verstappen who had a
problem at the start. He qualified seventh but had to work his way up from
seventh. But the young Dutchman stayed calm and pushed hard. His pursuit for the
top spot was aided by a super reliable and fast car.
In the second stint, he topped Bottas on lap
56 to get to second and then hunted down LeClerc. It took until the final laps,
on lap 68, till Verstappen got a clear straight line to pick off the Ferrari
for the lead. The Ferrari man made the most of the SF90s good traction to retake
the lead on the next straight. One lap later, Verstappen attacked again at the
same place, but collided with LeClerc, which forced him to run wide. The Red
Bull driver would take the flag 2.7 seconds ahead of the Ferrari man.
Behind LeClerc and Bottas came the usuel suspects
Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in fourth and fifth. In the closing laps, Vettel
caught Hamilton and passed him for a fitting finish.
Here’s selected top ten drivers’ quotes:
Verstappen: All weekend we have been working
really well and the upgrades seem to have worked. Thank you to all the crew
here, everyone at the factory and of course Honda, it’s not been easy for them
over the past years but to win for them today is just incredible.
LeClerc: It was a positive weekend overall.
Unfortunately, it did not end as we would have liked it to. My first stint was
good and our pace was there. We pitted early to prevent losing our track
position to Bottas. This made the second stint longer and more challenging than
expected, as the rear tyres degraded quite a bit towards the end of the race.
Bottas: We expected this race to be tricky,
but it turned out to be even more difficult than we predicted. We had to do
lots of lifting and coasting and couldn’t use all engines modes to keep the
engine from overheating. So, we couldn’t really race properly, and I had to
manage temperatures for the majority of the race. It made both defending and
attacking very difficult. But you have to look at the positives – I got some
good points out of this weekend and I don’t think there was much difference in
terms of race pace.
Lando Norris: It was a fun race! A good
start, managed to go forwards and battled the Mercedes and the Ferrari for a
lap or so, but had to concede those positions and think of my own race.
Kimi Raikkonen: We can be satisfied with
scoring points, it was a good result for the team. I had a good start and the
first laps were pretty ok, but then it became a bit more difficult. I felt I
lacked a bit of speed to challenge the cars around me and when I did have it, I
had to be careful with the tyres. It was a balancing act, trying to keep the
tyres alive long enough while still going fast enough.