Hamilton came out clean and looked to get his hands in full with Verstappen behind him. I dressed early for medium tires but a duck sat when Verstappen appeared a little behind him on a fresh and faster compound. That's the front that came … or was it? Hamilton was capitalized as Verstappen was taking on the unlikely tenth win of the season to secure the title of another Mercedes builder. Bottas struggled to wear the tire altogether and restrain a fifth home, stimulating her "s ***" racing on the radio.
Lewis Hamilton, 1st
"That's a real history when I make the team. If I'd give it up today with Mercedes, we'll always remember this day and I'm part of it and that's # 39: It's so cool, this has been a really tough year and everyone on this team has fought so hard, harder than we've ever fought and this is the most popular one we've ever been – It is not expected when you've succeeded in previous years and can easily drop the ball. I've been raising the bar today and it was so difficult for me, but I wanted to introduce and win this for the team. It has such a big impact, everyone on the team can go to the last race and into the winter, knowing that they have won the world title and Being legends. I'm so grateful for all the hard work – here on the track, back home at the factories, in PETRONAS and all the partners – I'm so proud to be part of this team. I'm really nervous I'll go back to the factories and hear the net – I think the atmosphere will go incredible. I did not expect Red Bulls to be in the race like today, I thought they would be in a similar pace, but they were pretty much a bit faster. We were struggling with the tires during the first time and were able to manage the tires better than us. In the second phase, I was on the Medium tires and I had a problem with the engine, so I was really trying to bring the car across the line. Max passed to me who was painful, but then they had a problem and suddenly I was back in the front. I was on the radio, telling my engineers "I do not want to put it up, tell me what I need to do" – I was so hard at the end, taking all the risks to come with her back home. This is high, but I want to stay on that wave and get the next race too. "
Valtteri Bottas, 5th
"I'm really proud and proud of being part of this team. This is down to hard work by each team member, back in the factories in Bracley and Brixworth as well as here in the race track – they really deserve this title! Usually there are only a few people in the lights through the time, but there are many hidden heroes in our team – thanks to everyone! We kept everything with us even under great pressure, reducing our mistakes and doing a great job in developing The car – great congratulations to everyone. Today's race was difficult, everything went as planned at the beginning and We could win the guide at the beginning, but after that it was harder. In the first phase, I found it hard to overflow the tires, in the second phase, I was It's very difficult to cluster on the Media, so we have to give it up. I think we did not have the speed today. It was a bit of a race. strict n as I was expecting. It was a bit more optimistic before the race, but in general, it's a great day for Mercedes. "
James Allison, Technical Director
"This is an incredible, incredible group of people that have been built over a number of years. The skill and commitment in complex sports is famous – to have all those ducks. running in a row, not just once or twice but a season after a season – it's incredible. What was difficult for this season is that the opposition was fast. We came to the races without knowing whether we were going to win, without having any idea if they were going to hit us a year. We think we've been weighed down so many times – just let them go back and give us a very difficult time, and # 39 It's still happening now. The fact that this year has been so seriously shows that the difference between the teams is quite quite small – and Lewis was making us the difference This year. It's put on a pole, in the races we can make mistakes and it will restore it by doing something unlikely on the track that nobody sees coming and it's I spent all year without making m media. It's just the dedicated racing driver. We are very fortunate with our driver's partnership. Valtteri had had a lot of luck at the beginning of the year when he could have had some race victories and had not had the same success Lewis has had. Valtteri has been stronger this year than last year, it has been a great team for us all and a huge asset. "
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
"We've just written the history of the Championship – but winning the fifth World Championship looks surreal and who would have thought this would be possible when we started this mission eight years ago? mentioned this record thereafter, we would have told them they're crazy. And again, here is today, have been equal to the Ferrari record of Schumacher's years. Honors great to represent Mercedes on the path and I can not thank everyone enough for their great work, here in the track and in Brackley and Brixworth, and also for Daimler's ongoing support in Stuttgart and PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur and Turin. of these have been possible without their contributions and without hard work and the passion of everyone on the team. He talked to Lewis on Sunday night in Mexico, but he had won his fifth world championship, but we were not both absolutely satisfied – because we were aiming to win both titles. That's why it was about add so hard today because he wants to finish this high, win the race and win the team's championship championship. Valtteri had a tougher season than Lewis, but has improved its performance this year and played a vital part in the success of this championship. Five consecutive titles – I'm very proud of this incredible achievement. "
Verstappen will need some room to spend this. It was flawed by eradicating some superb coverings early, after pumping in fast wraps when it was important and going to Hamilton for the fore. He could not have imagined when installing Ocon that something unfortunately would not happen … but the Frenchman tried to relax himself, both dropped and the leader Verstappen as a result. With extreme floor damage he did good to finish a second, before taking some post-racing handbags with Ocon. That will record the headlines, but Ricciardo also had a terrible drive, managing enough clean lumps to work from the 11th to the fourth way. There are a few more obstacles, and maybe he has captured podium …
Daniel Ricciardo, 4th
"I'm happy with my race, I'm happy with the efforts of each of the team but I'm still disappointed that I'm losing out on the podium. I caught Kimi and The podium could be seen but unfortunately it was not enough enough. The strategy was once again considered, so we can not harm ourselves. I had fun and some great battles, especially my home on Bottas. I told the team on the A radio I was going to and I was sticking. The fight with Seb was cold, I think we may have touched once or twice, but I have always respected him and the racing way. We've had some battles on the front line, sometimes it's heated a bit, but I think we are We do not know where there are constraints of each other. It's frustrated because we always have a penalty, it seems we have a quick car, if I started closer to the front that I am confident we could have had canly very well. It's sweet bitter, guessing, we did well, but if we had started a place and I was eligible, we could have done better, you can not ask for a lot to start at the beginning of the 11th . Anyway, I do not regret my race, I did everything we can and I know that the team has done, so this is what it is. With the speed we got today, I have some optimism going to Abu Dhabi. I feel this is a stronger way for us or this, so we may be able to go there and drink some fake champagne. "
Max Verstappen, 2nd
"First of all, I would like to thank the team.The car felt amazingly every race, even with a floor that had been damaged towards the end.The settlement, the balance and & The strategy is perfect today. To be competitive on a path that we did not expect to be truly positive, and make me look forward to Abu Dhabi. We have brought P2, which should have been winning This shows that we are performing very well, beyond expectations. We are really ashamed that we did not bring the prize because of the incident with Ocon. Of course, a backbone can collected himself but took an unnecessary amount of risk, especially against the leader of the race. They punished the cause of a collision so I think that's enough to say. At the end of the day, A passionate player who wants to win, this situation is frustrating and shows emotion when competing at the highest level. It is now important to take the positive ones of & The race and the rest of the weekend and maintaining the momentum into Abu Dhabi. "
Christian Horner, Team Head
"Having a great speed in today's race, it is incredibly disappointing to lose the victory with Max following what can only be described as irresponsible driving backwards. However, we got a speed awesome illustrated by Max and Daniel.
"Excessive driving and a great strategy enabled Max to take the lead after the pits stopped and Daniel made a rapid increase of 11th on the grid with some outstanding marches, especially on Bottas and Vettel. The fourth is a good result for the Team, but we can not help but we feel we've been cracked because it should have been bigger. Daniel was so close to securing a third puno and without the penalty that # 39; I do not know what could have happened this afternoon. The incredible factor today is our full and everyone in the Team must be proud of their performance and Thanks Congratulations to everyone in Mercedes, we know how hard work is going to win the Builders' Championship. They've been a leading team this year and we hope we can give them a tougher time next year. "
Perez had a quiet race, bringing home to Haas boys at home, but managed at least a point. But the news story is hardly the Mexican. Ocon was down at the back of the pack and the race leader had been launched for the second time. He asked for permission to relax himself as he had got fresh tires. Force India said yes, he was pulling up alongside Verstappen and … there was not enough tarmac to go around. The collision collided that the Netherlands led and landed Ocon with a penalty stopping and restoring ten seconds. They blame each other, exchanges after-row warming words and will definitely not share an airplane home on a Friday night … or in the future.
Sergio Perez, 10th
"I was really hoping that we could have some afternoon this afternoon. Throughout the race I looked at the clouds and they were getting darker, but on The end was dry. I do not think we have the speed of the race to score more points today. I had to save fuel quite early and for a lot of afternoon it was quite a fair race for me .Wnaedom our strategy to work as well as we could and that the tenth site is as much as we could achieve. It's a shame that we can not score more and take advantage of the Renaults not scoring, but hopefully we can end the season with a better result in Abu Dhabi. "
Esteban Ocon, 15th
"It's disappointing not to score when we had a good pace. I've done some good guys throughout the race, but I did not all after the connection with Max [Verstappen]. He came out of the pools, I stopped behind him for almost two ties but I was much faster than him and the team told me my pledge. I was outdoors in turn – the same movement I did on Fernando [Alonso] and on many others, but Max did not give me any place. Once I was in place, I can not disappear, so we conflicted. But it was my corner and I got the right to the place. I got my state after its behavior after the race: it was very aggressive and the men of the FIA had to intervene. That is not the way to handle these things. "
Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Team and CEO
"Realistic rescue was the only result that we could achieve as a result of a difficult Saturday. Sergio completed a good race, fighting the Renault at the opening stages and opening a gap. It was a pretty race alone because, because we could not close the gap on the two Haas cars ahead, but given the circumstances it was a good result. Esteban had done a good job creating ground from the back of the grid and is similar to it would have finished in P11 if it had not been for the conflict with Verstappen. The rules indicate that you can download yourself and Esteban was much faster than Max at that stage. Unfortunately, it was not left anywhere in the corner and spoiled race for both. "
Vettel wrestled off the line on the forming lap, which preceded his race. After spending Bottas and Verstappen at the beginning, his teammate even became a member of the past as Germany could not remove any speed from his soft tires. He stopped up to two stops on his way to a disappointing sixth. However, Raikkonen showed a good kick to pass Bottas and capture the third. He had to work hard to keep Ricciardo fast in the closing times, but he defended well to take advantage of his 12th season podium in his 150 race for the Scuderia.
Sebastian Vettel, 6th
"Obviously, this was not easy and I'm not happy with the sixth place. I tried to do my best, but the car was hard to drive and even had trouble driving the stories. , I am happy that Kimi got to the podium, because it is a good result for us, even if we have not won the Builders' Championship. Honestly, I do not think it's an advantage for us to start on soft tires , because the coverings last longer than that, but that's how it was. The first part of my start was going well, but then the second was not good, because I had no room to go with Lewis in front of us. I think we did not have enough grip In the second part of the "essays", Lewis and Valtteri worked with each other and I did not & # 39: Having a chance. Lewis was also a little faster on the brakes to give Valtteri the outer line and then in a lap 2 or 3 Max it passed us like it It was faster. d, this year, Mercedes has been stronger than we and we can only congratulate them. "
Kimi Raikkonen, 3rd
"It was a really lovely race, we had good battles all over and the car worked well throughout the race, the speed was there and we did not have any specific problems. From tires was very good at the beginning and I was really happy, but then he just destroyed a bit trying to pass Mercedes. Once we changed the tires, the car was completely , we knew we had known we would have passed them. After that, the behavior of the car was still very good, but at that time we were just too late, because it had taken too much From time to get there. In terms of the strategy, we did what we thought was the best for us. We can always discuss many things, but today we did the best of it. Obviously it's not the biggest results, but I do not think we could have had more, we did not make any mistakes and fight hard. In terms of Champion The Builders went, we knew it had been difficult; We did our best, but unfortunately it was not enough. This best team won the year, that's how it's going. "
Maurizio Arrivabene, Team Head
"Unfortunately, although Kimi has finished on the podium today, we were not able to reach our goal, to keep the battle going for the Builders title. From the formation line, we became aware of a problem with A car sensor on Car. This meant that, for the whole race, it had to run different locations to those we would normally have used and that the car was difficult to drive. Congratulations to Mercedes drawing the title of the teams. "
Ericsson had problems before the race started even when a scarecrow went off on his way to the grid. Then there was a conflict with Grosjean at the beginning, suffered more damage and dropping the field. He followed a spin before he pulled into the pools mourning an incredible car. Leclerc started his team team's desire to inherit a seventh, who kept by race, choosing and choosing his battles wisely.
Marcus Ericsson, DNF
"Last disappointed for such a great weekend. I was contacting another car just after the start, and after that, the car was difficult to drive. The balance was different from the rest of the weekend and the damage came worse and worse. We had to retire from race – a shame, especially after such a great qualification, but we will be returning stronger on the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. "
Charles Leclerc, 7th
"I'm very happy with the race; finishing in the 7th place is a positive result that we can be happy with. It was fun to drive on this track and add more points to & # 39 "n counting to confirm our 8th site in the Builders Championship is a positive feeling for the whole team. I look forward to seeing what we can do in Abu Dhabi."
Frédéric Vasseur, Head of Team
"In general, this was a positive weekend for the team. Both drivers gave strong performances to qualify and the race started at the top of the field. Charles ends the race in the 7th place a good step forward in reinforcing P8 in the championship, however, we leave mixed feelings of Sao Paulo, as Marcus has retired from race. After contacting another car, there was a downward damage and a front wing, which was makes it impossible for it to finish, however, our pace is good, and we are fighting for the job in the championship. Our progress continues, and this is a reward for the hard work done on the track and at the factory in Switzerland over the year this year. I look forward to finishing the season in a strong form in Abu Dhabi. "
Grosjean was hitting Ericsson at the outset, losing some valuable body work that was getting rid of him. To come home the eighth is striking as a result. Magnussen closed his teammate but could not get close enough to move late before they were told to catch the station. The double builders finish the gap to Renault in the builders, although it is hard to ask them to refurbish one race to go …
Romain Grosjean, 8th
"I'm very happy and very happy for the team. With the damage we got on the car following a one lap, I'm very proud. We did not want to re o forced on the car. Being able to do those lap, I believe we have done incredible work on the setup. I'm very happy with that. I believe without that, the best of the rest would have been easy on our side. I'm glad we've finished eighth and ninth. Even if we're far from Renault at the points, double point finishes in the last two races incredibly entering the winter. "
Kevin Magnussen, 9th
"It was a hard luck on the first lap. I started a good start and I was turning one and two very well. Then we were pushed out at the turn of four and I lost some jobs there. I got those jobs back and I stopped the Romain gap again. We stayed thereafter. I'm happy for the team to have a double point finish again. It's well bounced & After the hard luck we got yesterday when I did not really apply where I should get it. We did some damage restriction. I'm glad we're leaving with points . "
Guenther Steiner, Team Head
"It was a good result to get the two cars in the points. Everyone did a great job over the whole weekend, and this is what you get when you're doing a good job. It was great to tie & # 39 ; The Renault who is in the forefront of the championship. "
Hulkenberg and Sainz had an internal chat at the first time a bit and even having stopped wheels, who gave their unusual situation in the builders, they will not be proud of Renault. But soon they settled down until Hulkenberg was pulled into the pools to retire with temperature issues. At least Sainz saw the small banner but came home disappointing from the 12th.
Nico Hulkenberg, DNF
"It was a pity to retire from race, but the hard call was made to give it up due to the temperature of the excessive stations. These are not healthy for the Power Unit, so I was not disappointed because I was on a back-up strategy and that would mean fresh tires at the end of the race. Other than that, it was Carlos's fun racing there a few minutes It was close, but we left room enough and we were all fair and square. We will be rehabilitating for the final in Abu Dhabi and we'll give it all to us . "
Carlos Sainz, 12th
"We knew that coming to Brazil would be a difficult weekend and, ultimately, we were not quick enough for today's points. We were able to win three jobs after another strong start and we had some good battles, clean with Nico and others. When the race settled, we kept weeping but we did not have the speed so they could not make enough progress. I wanted more today, so let's work for that in Abu Dhabi. "
Cyril Abiteboul, Chief Team
"After two good races, we are disappointed to have a weekend as we have experienced in Brazil. We are struggling to qualify and we could not win jobs at the beginning. The car was not The other can harness our race speed, although it was not better than some of the cars enough to pass them. We retired to Nico as a precautionary measure due to excessive temperatures on the engine as we did not want to risk losing PU elements before Abu Dhabi, many of us lost this method considering its position on track. We tried to make the most of Carlos, a way However, it was not enough for us to get the points today. This race has again highlighted that we have a variation in our competitiveness that will be a focal point for the winter. We clearly need to be more consistent looking at the seasons that are in the foreground. "
Alonso was astonishing and astounding all through race, and her mood was not improved by being drowned by her teammate. Overall, his final Grand Prix from Brazil lets everyone disappointed and he has one chance after finishing his F1 style career. Finally, Vandoorne had something to smile about that, until he was punished for a time penalty for breaking a blue flag, along with his teammate.
Fernando Alonso, 17th
"It was hard today. We have played a bit on the strategy, giving it up early to pass some cars ahead, but it did not work for us. , the Medium tires fell and we were not competing in the second part of the race.
"Also, my dad-pool was not clean and smooth, and lost some time there.
"In general, we've been too slow every weekend. We did not have the speed to be in the top 10 so so today, no matter what strategy we had done or whatever we had & # 39; to try today, I think the points were not unlikely. "
Stoffel Vandoorne, 14th
"It was a good and good side of my side. I'm very happy with everyone who went, although today's result was not really what we were hoping for.
"It was a strong side of my side, and I felt that I had done all the best today. I had a few good interventions and some nice fighting with Fernando, and we're going to Williams Also, so I'll believe we're making the most we could today.
"We played the strategy well. We did a good job to go a bit longer in the first phase to make the tires last longer than others, came out on new tires and They had two good battles, and from there we did a good race. It may not be a look at the timing board today that it is a great race, but on the whole, I'll be quite happy with what we did . Today, looking at where the speed has been at every weekend, that is the best we could have done. "
Gil de Ferran, Sports Director
"This was a difficult race for us. Fernando had a good first lap, which put us in a better position. We decided to box it relatively early to enable the opportunity to undermine some competitors, but unfortunately we had a problem during the pool, which essentially kills its race, as any traffic and blue banner spoiled any increase, however, except for the experience of our pool crew, who saw the issue with right back wheel, the result could have been ending. Credit for the crew for their hard work, as always.
"On the side of Stoffel, traffic had swallowed up its race, but as race raises, steady progress has been made, showing good speed in the closing times, and finishing in a striking distance of 11th place.
"As it passed by, we did not have the speed this weekend to fight for points. Obviously, we're leaving Brazil disappointed, but also encouraged by a great Brazilian Grand Prix and all the support we & # 39 ; n it was felt throughout the weekend by our McLaren supporters. "
Gallai hyn fod yn ddatgeliad lletchwith. Roedd Hartley, ar deiars supersoft mwy cyflymach, i fyny y tu ôl i Gasly yn y frwydr ar gyfer P11. Dywedodd y tîm wrth Gasly i adael iddo. Aeth i lawr ar ôl y lap ac ni fyddai'r Ffrancwr yn addurno tra nad oedd y Kiwi yn ymosod, gan gredu ei fod yn cael ei adael. Roedd y ddau yrwyr yn cael geiriau ar y radio i'w peirianwyr priodol, ac roedd y tyllau awyr yn troi'n gynyddol lasc wrth i'r ddau yrrwr fanteisio ar ei gilydd. Roedd i gyd yn ofer gan nad oedd neb yn dod adref y tu mewn i'r pwyntiau ond … roedd yn gyfnewidfa ddifyr, os oedd yn uniaethu i'r tîm.
Pierre Gasly, 13eg
"Roedd gen i frwydrau da heddiw, ond roedd hi'n hil anodd. Cefais ddechrau da a chafwyd i B8, ond ar ôl hynny roeddem yn amlwg yn dioddef o'i gymharu â'n cystadleuwyr uniongyrchol. Ceisiais ymladd gymaint ag y gallem, ond ni chawsom ddigon o le i bwyntiau heddiw. Gwyddom y byddai Brasil yn anodd, ond ar ôl y perfformiad a ddangoswyd gennym ym Mecsico, roeddem ychydig yn fwy optimistaidd, felly yn y diwedd rydym ychydig yn siomedig â'r ffordd y datblygodd y ras. Nawr mae un ras ar ôl o'r tymor, felly gobeithio y gallwn orffen yn uchel! "
Brendon Hartley, 11eg
"Roedd hynny'n ras dda iawn i mi, mae'n blino na chewch chi sgorio pwyntiau fel gwobr, ond nid oedd unrhyw ymddeoliadau ar y blaen i fanteisio arno. Dechreuais ar y cyfansoddyn anoddach, felly roedd hi'n anodd iawn i mi yn ystod y tro cyntaf, ond roedd gen i ddechrau cryf a gwnaed ychydig o bethau da. Er mwyn gwneud ein gwaith hiliol, roeddwn i'n gwybod y byddai'n rhaid i mi gadw'r teiars yn fyw cyn belled ag y bo modd ar y tro cyntaf, cefais adborth gwych o'r wal pwll ac roedd y strategaeth yn gweithio'n dda. Roeddwn i'n teimlo mai hwn oedd un o berfformiadau gorau fy ngyrfa F1 ond heb wobr pwyntiau. Bydd y tîm yn gweithio'n galed dros yr wythnosau nesaf i ddeall pam yr oedd gennym gyflymder hiliol mor dda ym Mecsico, ond wedi ymdrechu ddwy wythnos yn ddiweddarach yma ym Mrasil. "
Franz Tost, Team Principal
“We started the race with Pierre in ninth position and finished only 13th, so it wasn’t a satisfying result for us. The race pace wasn’t there and we were simply too slow so we have to analyse why. Brendon started from 16th with the Medium tyre, and we pitted him very late to switch to the Supersoft which was a very good move, because he was able to increase his pace towards the end of the race. However, unfortunately we weren’t able to score points today.”
Toyoharu Tanabe, Honda F1 Technical Director
“Both cars finished the race, but our package wasn’t quick enough to finish in the points and we were unable to make the most of Gasly’s ninth place grid position. We must analyse all the data from this weekend and try to do better in the final round of the season in two weeks’ time. On behalf of Honda, I offer our congratulations to Mercedes on winning the Constructors’ title today.”
Williams were off the pace in qualifying and couldn’t get involved in the action during the race either. They tried to one-stop both cars, but Stroll couldn’t make his tyres last and pitted late for a fresh set which dropped him to the back of the field. Sirotkin finished slightly higher but there aren’t many positives to draw for the team with one race left to salvage something from their season.
Sergey Sirotkin, 16th
"Straight away from the beginning, it was a very difficult race. We were missing the pace of the cars around us. It was tricky during the first laps, I felt like I was dancing on ice, not just to fight but even to keep the car on track. I was trying to protect the positions and it ruined the rhythm, so it took a while to settle down. We never really had the pace to recover so all race it was about survival. It was very difficult to manage and keep everything under control for such a long stint, so very disappointed after a tricky race."
Lance Stroll, 18th
"It was a long, hard race. I had a good start and then I was just getting out of the way for blue flags and managing tyres, but ultimately that wasn't good enough as we were too slow. That is the nature of the track also, as it is very tight and there are not many corners, so it is tough to get out of the way. It was far from the most exciting race. The bottom line is we were not quick enough, and I am not sure we could have done anything with our strategy."
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer
"It was a frustrating race with lots of blue flags. We took a gamble with our strategy, stopping early to get both cars onto the prime tyre in an attempt to undercut the cars we were racing. Unfortunately, this didn’t pay off due to the degradation of the prime tyre and both cars progressively lost positions. These aren’t the results we were hoping for today, however both drivers drove well, within the limits of the car, and performed the necessary tyre management."
Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing
“As expected weather conditions were warmer today, which contributed to some cases of blistering. Brazil was definitely one of the most entertaining races of the year, where strategy was not only crucial but also very varied. Despite these extremely different approaches, the fight was very close among all the top teams and there was plenty of wheel-to-wheel racing, which is exactly the objective that we are all aiming for in Formula 1: drivers pushing hard for the win rather than managing pace. Red Bull and Max Verstappen made particularly good use of the tyres by showing consistent race-winning pace while using only the two softest compounds and stopping just once. Congratulations to Mercedes for another manufacturers’ title, sealed with another victory for Lewis Hamilton.”