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HOT TOPICS: Barcelona’s Burning Questions for the Boys

HOT TOPICS: Barcelona’s Burning Questions for the Boys

Valtteri and Lewis on the biggest stories of the day, in their own words…

On getting his first win…

“I always knew it was just going to be a matter of time. It took 81 races, so quite a long time in Formula One actually. But it’s not only that – it’s everything that comes before. It’s always been a dream, so to achieve that for the first time feels really good and it made for a lot of great memories. That’s the reward of sport and that’s why I love it. It’s what you work for – and when you get the good results, the feeling is difficult to describe. It took some time to properly realise it. It was a few days before I told myself – Damn, I actually won the race!”

On life as a Grand Prix winner…

“Life didn’t change. I’m still the same guy as when I first raced in a go-kart when I was six. The desire is still there. I still enjoy doing this. But it’s a nice confidence boost and I hope we can build on this momentum from now. I’m glad it came in the first quarter of the year rather than later on because the season goes by quickly. Now, I’m hungry for more…”

On the celebrations…

“It would be rude not to after your first ever win in Formula One! I actually flew straight to Budapest for an event on the Monday, so no partying on the Sunday… but yeah, I had some fun. There was a bit of a night out… I’m not going to go that much into the details!”

On the reaction in Finland…

“It was a nice reaction in Finland with all the congratulations. My emails and phone were blocked because of full message boxes for a while! It’s great to see all the support. But it’s not just this one result. Good times and bad times, there are certain people that always support you, which is good to see.”

On getting the next one…

“I reckon this year in Formula One it’s never going to be easy to win, whether it’s your first one, your second one or later on. We have four drivers fighting for pole and for the win every single race, so you need everything absolutely perfect. That’s the excitement.”

On what went wrong…

“It was just a bunch of small things all added up in one pot. No single thing was bigger than another in leading us in slightly the wrong direction. There’s been a huge amount of analysis, as there always is from race to race. I think we’ve definitely grown from the experience – both drivers having a win and having a fast car but one that has struggled in areas.”

On the impact of the tyres…

“The tyre’s working range is quite small. The whole weekend I generally wasn’t in the right window with it. It’s a new tyre for us, also. I think we are all learning as we go from race to race. For some cars, perhaps, it works immediately. There’s different preparation. If you look at Bahrain, for example, the Red Bulls drove as slow as they could on the laps to prepare for qualifying and still had the tyres ready, whereas the Ferraris were flat out through the warm-up laps, so there’s a different approach for everyone. It’s a new tyre, which is exciting. They are very hard – a safe tyre, basically. It’s going to be interesting this weekend to see how they work.”

On his prospects for this weekend…

“I think coming into this weekend I think we definitely have a better understanding – a good understanding – of what went wrong. I definitely think we are better equipped now but I can’t really say it’s going to be better this weekend. I assume it will be but there are lots of different challenges with new upgrades for everyone. We’ll be doing a lot of work tomorrow to get the car in the right place.”

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