Race quotes: Mercedes, Red Bull, Toro Rosso

Date published: September 17 2017

Lewis Hamilton capitalised on the chaos in the Singapore as Carlos Sainz secured a career-best P4 in what could be his last race for Toro Rosso.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton: "I want to congratulate the team. It's amazing points. Yesterday we struggled and had no idea what was going to happen today. It was very fortunate with the Ferraris at the beginning. I'm really thankful.God blessed me today for sure. I capitalised on the incident. Who would've known that would happy. It's really unfortunate for Ferrari but great for the team. Daniel put up a great fight. I hoped I would be fighting Sebastian. It's better the way it is and I'm glad we got it home."

Valtteri Bottas: "It was very good damage limitation today. We got lucky but the car was working much better today. There are still plenty of races to come and plenty of opportunities [in the championship]. Sebastian is the next target."

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo: "The rain made it all pretty hectic today. Everyone was in the same boat though and we hadn't driven in the wet here before so it's all about switching on early, being aware of the situation and trying to adapt as quickly as you can. My start was quite slow off the line. In hindsight it was probably a good thing, because it allowed the chaos to unfold in front of me. Then in the first few laps I felt we were okay in the wet but then I felt we were a bit harsh on the tyres. Even when we pitted and had fresher tyres, we couldn't really make an impact on Lewis. The team was asking me to manage the gears through the race and after I learned we had a leak and were losing oil pressure in the gearbox from early on. Of course I came here to win and really wanted it, but second place is great and I'm not going to complain about it."

Max Verstappen: "My start was a little bit better than Seb and I think he saw that so he tried to move to the left to squeeze me out of the line a bit but he did not know Kimi was on my other side. I think it wasn't the smartest move and you can't make excuses for it when you are fighting for a world championship. Kimi had a great start and was alongside me very quickly, I didn't try and defend that as I knew it would be a long race, he then started to squeeze me also, at which point there wasn't a lot I could do. The rear wheels are wider than the front so I was locked in the sandwich with no way out, even when I braked. If I made a mistake myself I would be upset or angry but there was nothing I could do today. We all lost out in the end so we all experienced some pain rather than someone making a mistake and then being able to carry on. We have to take the positives from the weekend, we were quick in qualifying and the practice sessions with good potential going into the race, we can hold onto this and move on to the next race."

Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz: "WOW! What a day, what a result! I'd say this is probably my best day in Formula 1 up until now! After a weekend with so much media attention, to put together a perfect weekend and finish the race in P4 is just amazing. To start the race on intermediate tyres, then switch to the supersoft – where I struggled a bit during the first laps – and then make it to the end without losing positions is just the perfect way to celebrate a difficult weekend…it's definitely one I will always remember! I have to say that the most difficult part of the race for me was the start of my stint on the supersoft – it was not easy at all! I tried to do my best during the out-lap but Hulkenberg managed to overcut me… Luckily for me he then had a problem and from then onwards it was all about defending from Checo, who had been faster than us on Friday and also was on ultras! It was very difficult to keep him behind, looking in my mirrors the whole time, but in the end we did it! I had my flight booked to go back home tonight, but I'm definitely cancelling this – we need to celebrate this excellent result all together, this team have also done an amazing job this weekend… Thank you!"

Daniil Kvyat: "What a shame. Unfortunately I made a mistake and missed a good opportunity of scoring a good result today. I managed to overtake Magnussen and straight after that I locked my front wheel and went straight into the wall… I didn't expect this to happen so. It's very disappointing, but this is how it is sometimes."