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F1 – 2024 Canadian Grand Prix Post-Qualifying Press Conference Transcript



F1 - 2024 Canadian Grand Prix Post-Qualifying Press Conference Transcript

1 – George RUSSELL (Mercedes)
2 – Max VERSTAPPEN (Crimson Bull Racing)
3 – Lando NORRIS (McLaren)

(Carried out by Jolyon Palmer)
Q: George Russell, pole place. That was a qualifying session for the ages, and you bought it in a lifeless warmth. However it wasn’t a fluke. You had been so fast at present. 
George RUSSELL: Oh, superb. It feels so good, feels so good! A lot arduous work again on the manufacturing unit has gone into this. We mentioned it in Monaco that we hope that is the beginning of one thing for our season, and I feel it’s. I’ve missed this sense.
Q: Yeah, it is superb. You had such a giant cheer from the gang right here. They like to see a Mercedes again on high. The place’s this tempo come from, George?
GR: It is superior right here. Each time we come to Montréal, it is such good power from all of the followers. And I am excited for tomorrow. So, clearly, first step performed. However clearly, now we have our eyes on that win.
Q: Can you retain Max behind you?
GR: Why not? In fact. Let’s go for it. I feel the automotive has been feeling superb. Since we purchased some upgrades to Monaco, we have form of actually been in that battle now. So, we’re going for it tomorrow.
Q: Alright. Better of luck. Properly performed, George. Properly, Max, there was actually nothing in it at present, however you must accept second place. That should be irritating when it is a lifeless warmth.
Max VERSTAPPEN: I imply, it is how it’s, proper? I feel general we nonetheless had a superb qualifying. The entire weekend has been nonetheless a bit tough for us. However to be P2, I’ll take it. I imply, going into qualifying, I might have undoubtedly taken that. In order that it was that shut on the finish, yeah, makes it actually thrilling for tomorrow as properly.
Q: And this seems like extra typical Crimson Bull than what we noticed in Monaco. Have you ever felt higher than final day out, capable of battle tomorrow?
MV: I imply, I felt good in Monaco, but it surely was simply not our monitor. It was not taking place for us. This weekend, once more, we did not have an important build-up to at present. However, yeah, I feel will probably be fairly an fascinating race with the tyres tomorrow, how they’re going to fare, the climate as properly. It retains on coming out and in, the rain. So, yeah, hopefully will probably be very thrilling.
Q: What is the plan? Assault at first or play the lengthy recreation tomorrow?
MV: I do not know. We’ll give it some thought. I am not that burdened about it.
Q: Lando, two complete hundredths away from pole place.
Lando NORRIS: Is that it?
Q: That is it. Nice lap. 
LN: It is a disgrace.
Q: Not fairly sufficient at present. However you should be glad? 
LN: I am tremendous glad. To begin with, congrats to Mr. Russell. I knew he is been fast all weekend, so congrats to him and to Mercedes. However I am proud of third. While you’re so shut, you all the time suppose, ‘may I’ve jumped within the automotive for that little bit extra?’ However yeah, third is an effective job by us, so I am glad and excited for tomorrow.
Q: It regarded such a difficult session from the cockpit. A risk of rain that by no means actually got here. You needed to be on it each single lap and never miss a beat.
LN: Just about. However that is Montréal. I feel that is why we adore it right here. It is top-of-the-line locations to return to yearly. So, yeah, I adore it. I imply, it is why we’re all smiling. We’ve got a superb time. It is tough. Like, a number of the time, you are considering you are going to crash, half of it, however once you put a pleasant lap in and you find yourself high three, it is all the time a pleasant feeling.
Q: Yeah, it was thrilling to look at. And you place some dicey overtakes final 12 months. You’ve got acquired two to make tomorrow.
LN: Yeah, two overtakes tomorrow. Simple, gentle work. So, no, I am excited to see what we will do. You understand, automotive’s been nice all season, particularly the final three, 4 races. We have been on a superb roll, however two very quick drivers forward, loads of quick drivers behind, so we’ll placed on a superb present tomorrow.
Q: George, many congratulations. What a session, actually nothing to separate you and Max ultimately. Begin by giving us your response to what’s simply occurred?
GR: Yeah, such a buzz. It has been some time since we have skilled this sense. And, , a lot arduous work occurring behind the scenes at Brackley, at Brixworth. And, , it has been a short while to have the ability to form of get again within the battle. And we have nearly felt like all of that tough work hasn’t been paying off. However I feel these final two race weekends has actually proven that. And as I mentioned, we have been so quick all weekend. Q3 was in all probability our worst session of the three. And, , it bodes properly for tomorrow.
Q: As you say, it has been some time. It has been practically two years because you took that pole in Hungary. Have been you getting impatient for it to occur once more?
GR: To be sincere, this weekend’s been actually difficult to know due to the circumstances yesterday. You understand you have had rain round all weekend after which this morning Lewis was completely flying and he was properly forward of me and I needed to look quite a bit into his knowledge to attempt to perceive what he was doing in a different way. And to be sincere, that helped me an enormous quantity. So forward of this qualifying I’m simply so glad that we may pull it off as a result of it, , I really feel like we actually deserve it for all of this tough work we have been placing in and the vehicles been feeling superior this weekend.
Q: Properly, the place is the automotive higher this weekend? Inform us about it.
GR: Properly, it all the time feels higher when your identify’s in the direction of the highest of the timesheets, to be sincere. However it’s simply turning actually properly by the corners. I feel we struggled quite a bit with understeer earlier than. Final 12 months, we had a number of oversteer and we have form of been simply looking for the midway home between what we had final 12 months and what we had this 12 months. And it appears like we’re form of dialing in that candy spot proper now. So it appears like one thing we have been saying for a very long time, in all honesty. However , simply actually a way of reduction to really see it translate right into a pole place.
Q: And inform us in regards to the circumstances. We noticed you’ve gotten a giant second, I feel it was at Flip 4 in Q2. 
GR: Yeah, big.
Q: How troublesome was it on the market?
GR: Yeah, it was actually difficult, to be sincere. All weekend, each single session and each lap it has been altering. The solar comes out, the monitor temperature warms up, then the clouds are available in, it is spitting. And it is simply actually, actually troublesome to seek out that candy spot. And my lap on the used tyre was actually, actually robust in Q3. And I used to be anticipating to seek out about three or 4 tenths for the second lap on the brand new tyre. And it simply did not click on. However it was lucky sufficient that the primary lap was adequate for pole.
Q: So the race tomorrow, we have had little or no dry working. What are your predictions?
GR: I feel it is going to be a troublesome race for everyone, to be sincere. Graining appears to be a problem. And this new monitor floor, no person actually is aware of how it is going to pan out. However we have to go for victory. The automotive is genuinely actually, actually quick in the intervening time. However it is going to be an extended race, I feel. As quickly as you fall off that cliff of the tyres tomorrow, it is going to be actually troublesome to get better. So, yeah, it may very well be a little bit of a strategic recreation. Perhaps not as excessive as we noticed in Monaco final week, however perhaps one thing related.
Q: Alright, very properly performed. Better of luck tomorrow. Max, let’s come to you now. It could not have been nearer between you and George. Can we begin simply by getting your response to the session?
MV: Yeah, I imply, generally, I feel it wasn’t a foul qualifying. I feel what was talked about earlier than, in all probability Q3, was the weakest of the classes for Mercedes. So, , being on the very same lap time, yeah, it is nice, however in hindsight, I feel once you take a look at their pure tempo, I’ll take second. As a result of after Q2, I noticed their lap instances, I used to be like, ‘there isn’t a approach that I can do one thing like that’. Then, in fact, there was somewhat little bit of rain in between, like a number of spits right here and there. However, yeah, I imply… I feel general, simply the weekend was once more a bit messy from our facet, simply too many little points. After which, yeah, from there onwards, we tried to, in fact, discover the absolute best steadiness with the automotive. I feel we did get a good steadiness in qualifying. I used to be fairly proud of it. However, yeah, we’d like to have the ability to simply have cleaner weekends with out points. And I feel that can assist a bit as properly.
Q: Max, you say it has been a messy weekend, however how significantly better is the automotive right here than it was in Monaco two weeks in the past?
MV: Properly, we’re nonetheless battling the identical issues, however in fact, the monitor format helps in comparison with Monaco, the place Monaco has much more low-speed, so it is actually essential to have good journey, mechanical grip. Right here, in fact, there’s extra aero concerned. In fact, there are a number of locations nonetheless the place you must journey kerbs or you’ve gotten bumpy locations, however we all know these limitations, so we have to simply work on that. However that is why I feel generally, to be P2 right here is alright.
Q: So what in regards to the race?
MV: Sure, identical, like George simply talked about, with the tyres, it’s kind of tough with the graining and perhaps some rain in between. So, sure, a number of query marks and also you simply have to get going and see what occurs.
Q: Have you ever been stunned by the tempo of Mercedes this weekend?
MV: Properly, I feel generally, once you take a look at the entire grid, there are fairly a number of surprises, like good surprises and dangerous surprises. So, yeah, it simply exhibits that everybody is closing up and it is actually particulars that make the distinction. Perhaps you perceive tyres higher. You understand, in fact, sure weaknesses out of your automotive and doubtless different groups have their very own weaknesses, , so that you simply have to play that as properly and take that into consideration, , with sure monitor layouts. However it’s good for System 1.
Q: Okay, very properly performed. Thanks. Lando, coming to you now, simply 21 milliseconds off pole and also you did not even make it onto the entrance row. Is it irritating to be so shut but to date?
LN: I imply, I may very well be in Max’s place and never be on pole, however performed a fast sufficient lap time. So I am glad. Actually, I am proud of third. It is so shut. So to be this shut with a lap that I did not suppose… It was good, however not unbelievable. And I do know George mentioned he did not get essentially the most out of it, that sort of factor. Simply troublesome circumstances, troublesome monitor format and difficult, which is sort of what makes Montreal what it’s, and undoubtedly in all probability a bit more durable this 12 months than what it has been previously, however nonetheless rewarding to return out with a P3, even when we had been solely two hundredths off pole.
Q: You say it has been difficult. How troublesome has it been to dial within the automotive to this racetrack?
LN: I imply, very, as a result of like George mentioned, once more, each lap was completely different. We have not performed many laps within the first place. So it is tyres coming as much as temperature, then dropping away, then graining, then the solar popping out, spitting once more. It has been troublesome simply to be constant and sort of get a pleasant movement. I do not suppose it is ever been actually that circuit. you may essentially do this, however yeah troublesome to sort of pinpoint precisely what you need from the automotive since you need two completely different worlds of fine journey, good kerbing and in addition a automotive that is sort of simply acting at its finest from an aero performance-wise. So yeah a problem in all sorts, of establishing the automotive and in addition from driving. However I feel it is what makes it enjoyable round right here and difficult and nonetheless, as robust because it was to end up so shut and I feel from first to seventh or eighth was solely two tenths, it is good to look at.
Q: Are you assured of difficult for the win tomorrow?
LN: I imply, we have had nice race tempo the previous couple of races. So I will need to say sure. I feel we’re within the battle. It is so shut. However , George has been the favorite all weekend. So they have been very fast. Mercedes has been very fast. And George has performed an important job coming into qualifying. So you’d say on paper they appear to be they’ve… They are a bit extra comfy with the place they’re, , from the primary run that they have been just about on the high of the time sheets and we essentially have not. And we have sort of progressed by the weekend somewhat bit extra. However Sunday is all the time a day we have carried out very properly, like I mentioned, over the past couple of months. So if we will do the identical once more tomorrow, then I am excited to see what race we will placed on.
Q: (Jake Boxall-Legge – Autosport) A query for George, please. You talked about that you simply did not fairly get it attached on the second lap, and Lewis did not enhance both. Was it simply the character of the circumstances altering, or did you simply get essentially the most out of it on the primary one?
GR: Yeah, the circumstances had been altering. I feel we had been one of many final to do our laps, I do not know when Max did his lap, however my lap in Q2 was actually, actually robust. My first lap in Q3 was actually good, solely, I feel, two tenths off what I did in Q2, on the previous tyre. So I used to be anticipating to do, , in all probability three or 4 tenths forward, prefer it’s been all weekend. And the tyres simply did not fairly really feel proper. So, , it exhibits how delicate every part was. And that was in all probability the primary time that it did not fairly go our approach. However as I mentioned, it goes to indicate how robust our tempo has been this weekend. You understand, Q1, we did not want to make use of two units of tyres. That was a primary. Did not actually need to make use of two units in Q2 both. You understand, it is form of come from nowhere, however perhaps not a shock with the upgrades we have been bringing.
Q: (Stu Cowan – Montreal Gazette) Max, it seems like it is going to be moist tomorrow. Is there something you want about driving within the rain? And what makes this monitor perhaps tougher than others in moist  circumstances?
MV: I feel all of us, we had a number of time driving within the moist since we grew up, being from the UK and from Holland! I feel generally, you’re naturally a bit extra assured driving within the moist. It’s kind of of a unique problem. In fact, these days with our vehicles, it is fairly arduous to see when it is raining quite a bit, so we do not all the time get to race within the full moist circumstances. If it is like somewhat little bit of rain tomorrow, even when it comes out and in, it’d truly make it actually, actually fascinating. And I feel round right here, , the chicanes, new tarmac could make it very slippery and in the event you make a tiny mistake, , the partitions are very shut as properly. So you must take that into consideration. However yeah, hopefully we’ll have an thrilling race tomorrow.
Q: (Ronald Vording – A query to all three. Lando, I feel on Thursday you mentioned that ‘26 brings the danger of larger gaps once more, the sphere getting unfold out. Do you are feeling that classes like at present, which the followers love, truly show your level that leaving the laws secure for longer may very well be a consideration for the long run? 
LN: I imply, it is less than me. It would not matter what I say. However I feel you are not going to have days like at present once more. You are not going to have days like the previous couple of weeks in all probability till ‘26, ‘27, ‘28, just about like ‘28, ‘29. So it is the way it’s all the time been. Each time there is a regulation change, there’s large gaps. And even on the finish of the final period, so 2020 or no matter it was, ‘21, issues had been getting nearer once more. You had nonetheless Crimson Bull towards Mercedes, and everybody was getting nearer. After which every part unfold out once more. Crimson Bull had their time, and now it looks as if we have been capable of catch up. So simply as we’re getting there, and I feel in all probability waiting for subsequent 12 months already, subsequent 12 months ought to be an thrilling 12 months for everybody, simply from first to final. I feel it is going to be thrilling. However then that is all going to go in ‘26. So it relies upon what you need. I feel it is nonetheless thrilling now. I do know it is an thrilling qualifying. There is likely to be some advantages within the race for these laws. There is likely to be some issues which are worse. The kind of racing you are going to get might be fairly completely different. So it is difficult. It isn’t a easy reply. I do not know the reply on the identical time. I do not suppose anybody is aware of precisely how it is going to pan out. Yeah, all the time on the finish of those regulation adjustments we see days like at present and we see nearer battles between, now Mercedes up right here as properly. In order that’s 4 groups who’re preventing in the direction of the highest. Eight vehicles, you are going to see completely different winners. And I feel that is thrilling for individuals watching, however undoubtedly you are not going to have that in ‘26. So it relies upon if you wish to sort of hold this pleasure and hold this problem that we have now now, or if you wish to change every part once more and have one other few years the place it is aside.
Q: (Joost Smedema – NOS.NL) A query to George. The final couple of years has been troublesome for Mercedes to battle for pole or for podiums. Did you sense any distinction throughout this weekend that this pole place you’d be capable to battle for? 
GR: 100%. I feel each lap we have performed this weekend, the automotive’s been feeling good. We have all the time been on the higher finish of the timesheets. And, , we had been speaking yesterday, , why do we predict we had been so aggressive on FP1, FP2, and, , clearly on FP3, actually quick as properly, so… We have to see within the subsequent races if that continues. However, , clearly final week in Monaco, we had been a tenth from the entrance row right here, , on pole. And that is the primary two races we have had with the upgrades. So, yeah, time would inform. We might solely get carried away with ourselves. However, yeah, it is wanting good to date.
Q: (Scott Mitchell-Malm –The Race) Speaking in regards to the upgrades, earlier supposed breakthroughs have not been sustainable for Mercedes, however does this really feel rooted in one thing extra actual?
GR: Yeah, 100%. I feel going again to what Lando was speaking about, when you’ve gotten plenty of years with the identical laws, you form of hone in on that candy spot. And we have form of been zigzagging over these previous couple of years and as we have in all probability entered the final six months, these zigzags have narrowed and we have form of actually been capable of fine-tune what it’s we wish from the automotive. And I feel It simply goes to indicate that small adjustments can truly convey large enhancements in efficiency. We noticed it with McLaren, I feel, , ourselves have made a giant soar as properly, particularly by way of the pecking order. In order I mentioned, let’s have a look at if this efficiency is sustainable. However proper now I do not see any motive why not. And, , we predict we have extra to return.

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