On the Podium with Sir Jackie Stewart
SIR JYS: Here’s a man who’s been on the podium an awful lot these days, but today was a tough race?
NR: Yeah, I mean it was OK. The overtaking was enjoyable. To overtake the red cars – I liked that a lot. In the end I tried to catch Lewis but we're pretty similar so I couldn't catch him and he even pulled away at the end a little bit. Then I lost my brakes unfortunately, two laps from the end. I just went straight on and that cost me the position to Kimi, which is very disappointing.
SIR JYS: Well, it’s been a consistent season for Mercedes-Benz. You must be happy that you’ve got that kind of engineering?
NR: I’m happy about our car, yeah. The team has done a great job again. I’m very thankful for that and I really look forward to all the races that are still to come.
With the Media
Q: Nico, you finished where you started but obviously the story is not quite as simple as that. Obviously you were on the attack today – particularly the overtakes on Sebastian. Maybe you could tell us a bit about that and how much you enjoyed those? And also could you just drill down a bit more into the problem with the brakes at the end?
NR: So, it started off on a disappointing note for me after the start with losing the position to Kimi. I just got caught out. But then immediately I felt that the car was awesome, so I just went full on attack straight away and was happy to get by Kimi and Sebastian. It was a great fight with them, so that was very exciting at that point in time. Then I dropped back again behind Sebastian after each pit stop so I had to get him over and over again. After that I was trying to catch Lewis but that wasn’t possible. Unfortunately I was struggling with brakes a little bit throughout the whole race and just lost them two laps from the end, so I went straight on and had to carry the car home for the last two laps.
Q: You seized an opportunity there with one particular pass clearly because Sebastian was looking at Lewis coming out of the pits?
NR: Yeah. I just went for the aggressive inside because he didn’t close up the door. He left a bit of a gap and a bit of a possibility and I was hoping Lewis was far enough ahead. It wasn’t obvious but I was hoping he would be out of the way by the time we got to Turn One and it worked out – but for sure it was quite hairy. Especially looking from outside, I suppose. Inside it was OK.
Q: Is the challenge of the championship against rival teams more difficult than against your team-mate – because you don’t know what others have or what others are planning in terms of strategy and that sort of thing?
NR: They’re both different but both tough. It’s difficult to go into the details but it was tough to battle Lewis last year and this year and it’s tough now to battle the Ferraris as well now that they’re in the mix.