Nico: “I thought I might as well take the chance and I gave it everything – but it didn’t work out”
Q: Nico, a strong second place: how hard was it driving the last few laps in the rain?
NR: That was an exciting race for me. I had a really bad start – losing two positions and therefore being stuck behind the two Williams cars for a while because overtaking was impossible. Lewis managed to clear them in the pits but unfortunately that didn't quite work out for me - although it was close! Then, when the rain came, I was able to ramp up the pace, overtake them and close the gap to Lewis. At that point I really thought I could win the race. But then he made the pit stop – which I thought was a wrong decision at that moment until suddenly it started to rain heavier. It turned out to be the right decision from Lewis, as I had stay out one more lap and lost too much time in the wet with my slicks. That was the decision that made the race and I had no chance anymore. But fair play to him. All in all, it was well deserved as he did the best job over the whole weekend. Another 1-2 is great for the team and for all of our colleagues in the factories. A big thanks to all of them for this great car! And to all the fans out here this weekend, you’ve been amazing… really, absolutely unbelievable. It’s been a great atmosphere here and really a pleasure to drive in front of all of you.
Q: Not the ideal start to the race. You found yourself behind the Williams cars and were then told to go to Plan B and be aggressive. Tell us a little bit about that phase of your grand prix?
NR: Yeah, that was not such a great phase because I had the two Williams cars in front and couldn’t get close. So that was a bit annoying. I was very thankful when the rain came. I felt great when it started raining. I really was able to attack and pass both Williams and close in on Lewis a lot. I was hoping it would stay more or less like that as I thought I could attack Lewis at some point. Then he boxed and I was pretty sure it was the wrong call because it was still touch-and-go at that time. So, I was actually quite happy that he boxed at the time – but then it was the right call in the end. It started raining more on that lap. So, that was it. Anyways, I had to take that chance because just following Lewis into the box would have meant a definite loss for me. I thought I might as well take the chance, stay out and do one lap more at least. I gave it everything but it didn’t work out.
Q: Did the Williams have a particularly good start and or did you have a particularly bad start? If it was bad, what happened?
NR: It was just a bad start. There’s no explanation – we need to look into it afterwards.