The Spaniard achieved an excellent result considering the starting position and the track on which he was racing, however he had to stay several laps behind Hamilton who had just lapped him and lost precious seconds. After having managed to split, it was now too late to think about bothering Norris and taking home 5th position, a real shame.
“We know that we are not at the level of Mercedes and Red Bull, but today the pace was very good and if it hadn’t been for those 10-15 laps behind Lewis I would have definitely taken Lando. The race pace was good, I had a good pace even with the hard, but behind Hamilton I couldn’t show it. In the race Adami charged me and pushed me. We knew that the others with new tires were slower than me with used tires. . We did the overcut that we can’t take advantage of on all circuits. This gave me a good boost and when I went out I was 12th behind Lando. I took half a second, one second per lap, then I found Hamilton and stopped there.”