Sun: Sauber, Renault, Manor, Mercedes

Date published: May 15 2016

Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took each other out the race which resulted in their first pointless race since USA 2014.

Sauber:
Felipe Nasr:
"It was a difficult weekend. I had a good start to the race, and I was able to gain some positions on the first lap. I was surprised we did not change from our initial plan – a two stop strategy – to a three stop strategy. I do not think the two stop strategy was the right choice, as I could not keep up the pace. The stint was too long on the medium tyes, and I lost all the track positions I gained at the beginning of the race. Now we have to look forward to Monaco.”

Marcus Ericsson: “I am happy with my race today. We went for a good strategy from my point of view. I am also satisfied with my driving, as I did not make mistakes and had a good pace at the same time. I would say it was one of my best races in Formula One so far. We all know that we are still struggling with our car to keep up with other teams, but today I was able to beat one of our main competitors. Without updates on the car, I think we can be satisfied with this result today. We will keep pushing for Monaco.”

Renault:
Jolyon Palmer:
“I think that was probably the best race I’ve done in terms of pace and performance. The car was feeling okay, we were battling tyre degradation a bit but it was managable. It’s a bit disappointing not to finish in the points but for myself, I’m happy. More performance should be coming from the upgrades we have in store so I’m looking forward to Monaco.”

Kevin Magnussen: “We had decent pace on the soft tyre but on the hard and the medium – especially the medium – we were weak. It wasn’t a good day for me and I’ll be working closely with the team to understand why we weren’t able to deliver. I’m definitely looking forward to the test and getting some new bits on the car as today certainly wasn’t representative of what we’re capable of achieving.”

Manor:
Pascal Wehrlein:
“We got both cars to the finish, which was good, but otherwise there isn’t much more to say today; our race was pretty much as we expected. The upgrades are positive but they didn’t influence the overall result at this track with the way the race panned out. We also suffered from quite high tyre degradation again, so there is still some way to go to keep improving the car. I think the next couple of races will be a little better for us and of course Monaco is a track I’ve been most looking forward to. My first race there will be something very special so we’ll keep working hard and looking forward.”

Rio Haryanto: “After the disappointment of Russia, it was good to see the chequered flag today. We decided to go long on the Medium for the first stint but there was too much traffic at that stage of the race so our strategy didn’t work out so well for us. For my third stint I was quite quick on the Soft tyres, so we need to understand why the Mediums worked less well for us. It’s been a mixed weekend but I’m looking forward to Monaco where I think things will go better for us.”

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg:
“I was aware of the situation, I saw Lewis coming closer, so I went for the usual racing driver action of closing the door as early as I could. I was making it clear I wasn’t leaving any space, so I was very surprised that he went for the gap anyway. The stewards decided it was a race incident, so we will accept that – we will leave it at that. It was my race and our [Mercedes’] race to win – I was here to win, that’s what I was looking forward to and what I was really excited about at Turn 1 after getting past Lewis. So for us to end in the sandtrap like that – it is as bad as it gets.”

Lewis Hamilton: First of all, a huge apology to all of our team – when I stopped my heart just sank. To not deliver for them, it’s honestly… indescribable how gutted I was. I got a good start but he [Rosberg] slipstreamed me into Turn 1. Then through Turn 3 he had a d-rate – basically he made a mistake and started in the wrong engine setting. We only have one setting for maximum power and he wasn’t in it, which meant he was like 180bhp down. I’m not getting into blame, just a huge apology to the team. I’ll do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Don’t have a good feeling this second, but we will recover.”