Here’s what the teams are thinking after the United States GP | ‘It was very scary’

In this he directs ‘This is what teams think…’ F1 max Focuses on the smaller teams in Formula 1: Alpine, Aston Martin, Williams, McLaren, Albadari, Haas and Alfa Romeo. Below you can read what the drivers of the respective racing stables have to say about their recent performance on the track.

Alpine

Esteban Ocon is happy with his race. “We were very close to starting from the pits and finishing in the points. While the car showed good pace, we were happy to come from behind to finish 11th. I think more is possible,” said the Frenchman, who eventually finished tenth due to his team-mate’s penalty. He also congratulated Red Bull Racing. “Congratulations to Red Bull Racing for a well-deserved constructors’ title.”

His Spanish teammate had a fantastic race. “It was a fantastic race for everyone. We got lucky with the first safety car and then we ran really fast on the medium tyres. On the restart I tried to overtake Lance and he came to me and we hit each other’s wheels. After the incident I thought I’d give up the car, it was very scary. ,” said Fernando Alonso, who still managed to finish the race in seventh place after the incident, but was dropped to P15 due to a penalty.

McLaren

Lando Norris raced with a lot of fight, which made the young driver happy. ‘Good race! Races like this are more fun than being alone, even if they are tough. It was a lot of fun, especially the fight with Fernando. I had a rough start because of an incident that happened in front of me. “Halfway through the race we had damage too,” said the delighted Briton who finished sixth.

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For teammate Daniel Ricciardo, the race was the opposite. “I was hoping to be better today. I wanted to show a bit more after Saturday, but it was very difficult. I knew early in the race that it was going to be difficult. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough grip. I couldn’t push the car like I saw the others around me, so it was a It was a fight.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin scored important points in the person of Sebastian Vettel, although in the end he needed a catch-up race. ‘Finally it was a good recovery to get four (six, ed.) points today. I really enjoyed the last few laps, especially the last lap battle with Kevin. When I crossed the finish line, the adrenaline really kicked in. I think I could have pocketed sixth place easily if not for the slow stop. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in that position so it was nice to lead the race for a while.’

Lance Stroll started the race very strongly but retired after a bad incident with Fernando Alonso. “We had a good start to the race. Everything was good in the car and for a while we were in third place. Unfortunately we had to deal with Fernando which is a shame. There was a big speed difference and I defended. “I gave him a lot of space on the left side of the track, so it wasn’t like I pushed him into the wall,” the Canadian thinks he’s not guilty of, and insists he’s fine.

Rabbit

Haas finished in the points again, this time with Kevin Magnussen, who was very satisfied with his race. ‘I am very happy. As a team, it’s really important for us to get these points in our own race in America, and to announce a great title sponsor this weekend with MoneyGram, it couldn’t come at a better time. Of course I was disappointed to lose a position to Sebastian. Then you understand why he is a four-time world champion.’

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Mick Schumacher also looked good in the long run towards the points, but injury set him back a long way. “I think we were definitely going for good points today, but we took a big part that damaged the car a little bit and then because of that damage we couldn’t get much of it. It’s a shame because I feel like bad luck is chasing us,” Schumacher disappointed.

AlphaTauri

Pierre Gasly had a positive race, although several penalties threw a spanner in the works. “I was happy with the car in the race, the pace was strong from the start and I had a lot of fun driving. It’s a shame we got a penalty, but I certainly wasn’t trying to be clever or take advantage. I was involved in a lot of big fights and overtaking, which showed that the car can be competitive.

For Yuki Tsunoda, he finally found a place in the points again. “It was a very tough, but fun, race and I’m happy to be back in the top ten after a long time. I’m happy to finish in the points this weekend and to honor the memory of Mr. Matschitz. The pace of the mediums was very good, we didn’t expect it at all, and I can do some “We were able to make good overtakes,” said the Japanese, who noted that he had more trouble on the hard tyre.

Williams

Nicholas Latifi was happy with his car in Austin on Sunday. “Today the car was better than I expected, not to say it was even harder to drive. I made a mistake early in the race with an off balance spin in high speed corners. “The punishment I received was fair and I have no problem with it,” said the Canadian, who admitted he braked too late.

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“We really fought today and gave everything we had,” Alexander Alban begins his story. “I had a tough start with a flat spot in Turn 1 and drove the front end with big vibrations for the first ten laps, so we had to pit early, but then we were compensated. It was a shame but I don’t think we had the pace to score points today.’

Alfa Romeo

For Valtteri Bottas, a Grand Prix will soon be forgotten after his mistake and retirement. “We were very strong to score points, so it was disappointing to finish my race early. I passed Alban and got into a rhythm, but when I tried to close the gap to Gasley to enter the TRS Delta, I made a mistake at turn 19 and lost the rear,” said Finn, pointing to the wind speed. . criminal.

Teammate Guanyu Zhou knew beforehand that it would be tough, but was positive about the upgrades Alfa Romeo had made. “We knew today was always going to be difficult because we started at the back: we tried to achieve something, but in the end it was almost impossible to stop the drivers who were installing new tires ahead of us. The upgrades we made here certainly helped.’

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