They say that in Formula 1, you are only as good as your last result, so I only have a couple more days to enjoy the thought of my podium at the Nurburgring, before it’s time to get back on track this Friday in Barcelona.
For now, I’m still feeling really happy about my first ever podium in Formula 1 and it was also a great result for us and the whole team. In the race, the whole car was quite strong, especially at the beginning when I and Michael were both pushing Fernando. My car was quite consistent all race and the tyres were working well. Only in the last stint – where I had scrubbed tyres – it was not working so well. It was a great result, it helps the team out for the championship and especially me and Michael for the fight. In the first three races we were not on the pace, so hopefully now, that we have got much closer to Renault, there is a chance for us to fight with them for all the remaining races. I am happy because everything is working in the right direction.
I had a very good start and I could manage to put my car side-by-side with Michael at the first corner but he was on the inside so he was able to go ahead. Really, it was a great start and I think the whole thing was perfect with the strategy too. The management of the race by the team on the pit wall was very good. Sometimes the wind was changing, the situation was a little bit tricky over a couple of corners, and then the wind changed a little bit and it was a little bit tricky in other corners, but anyway, I could handle it to do a good race without mistakes and that’s very important for me and the team.
But the last five laps were not so easy because I was getting closer and closer to Fernando and Kimi was getting closer and closer to me, because I was getting very close to Fernando and I lost performance, for sure. But anyway, I think it was a great result, I’m really happy with this first podium and the fact that everything worked fantastically for us all weekend. We brought the right tyres, for sure. The car was working perfectly and the race was very good.
Now it’s time to head to Spain and the Circuit de Catalunya, which we all know very well because of the winter testing we do there. That means it could be very close between the top runners, but after the Nurburgring, I am looking forward to this weekend full of confidence.