Safnauer: Lance was in the wrong place at the wrong timeSeptember 9, 2019
Sergio Perez managed to recoup after the accident in qualifying, earning points for seventh place, and Lance Stroll finished the race 12th …
Sergio Perez (7th): “We achieved a good result by earning important points. I played well, although before the race the weekend was not easy, especially when there were problems in qualification. Today everything worked for us – the team developed an effective strategy, we were lucky with the virtual car safety mode.
A difficult race, especially the last 15 or 20 laps, when Verstappen was driving closely. I had to attack with all my might. Recently, we have made progress in working with the machine, I am optimistic about the next race, because we are preparing new items for the stage in Singapore. I hope that we will return to the fight and be able to consistently earn points in the remaining races. “
Lance Stroll (12th): “It’s hard to put up with. Today I was supposed to earn a lot of points, but everything went wrong when Vettel aggressively returned to the track after the flight and crashed into me. I’m mad at him. I tried to avoid a collision and turned left, but he continued to move forward, and as a result, there was contact between us. I ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I did everything I could to avoid a collision, I was even very careful because of the yellow flags and slowed down. But he just returned to the track in Ascari, and I could not do anything, even at that speed. He hit me, my car turned around, and she stopped against traffic.
When I returned to the track on my own, I was punished, although this was not my fault. I have not seen Pierre. I tried to get off the trajectory and get away from the dangerous position in which I ended up because of Vettel.
I took a good seventh place, I had a fairly large margin from the team in eighth position – McLaren, and Renault cars were within sight. It seemed that a rather calm race was waiting for us, but this situation showed how quickly things could change.
There are still many stages until the end of the season, and we are preparing new products. This race will weigh me another day or two. We could earn a lot of points, but in motorsport it happens. “
Otmar Safnauer, team leader: “The car was fast, both riders could earn points. Sergio showed what the car is capable of by driving the long first segment on Medium tires, and then changing tires in the mode of the first virtual safety car. After that, he had a great race and was constantly under pressure, especially in the last segment, when he had to resist Verstappen. From the 18th place to the seventh – he had an excellent return.
Lance’s race was destroyed on the seventh lap when Vettel crashed into him in the Ascari chicane. Due to a subsequent undeserved penalty, Lance dropped out of the fight for points. This is very disappointing, because he had a great start and, by that time, was confidently driving the seventh. He was not lucky, he just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. ”
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