Round 14 Italian

  • After an encouraging performance in qualifying, the team faced a difficult Italian Grand Prix as we lost Brendon’s car even before the first corner.


MONZA, Italian, September 02, 2018

After an encouraging performance in qualifying, the team faced a difficult Italian Grand Prix as we lost Brendon’s car even before the first corner. Off the line, Brendon was involved in contact with Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber that resulted in a bad puncture on his front right tyre, and he was forced to stop on the pit straight due to the suspension damage that was caused. Pierre started from ninth on the grid but dropped to 11th on the opening lap and was left with a tough ask to try and get back into the top ten with the faster cars of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo still to climb through the field.  Shortly after the Safety Car period ended, a collision with Alonso damaged Pierre’s car and he had to contend with bad balance for the rest of the race. On top of that, while defending hard, Pierre was involved in light contact with Ricciardo and eventually dropped to 15th at the chequered flag. While there were no points at the end of the weekend, the power unit ran reliably throughout and the team will now look forward to tracks that are more suited to our package in the coming weeks.


“A disappointing outcome to the team’s home race, partly caused by both cars being involved in collisions. In Brendon’s case, this happened shortly after the start when he was hit by a Sauber and had to retire. As for Pierre, there was a collision with a McLaren after the safety car period and that upset the balance of his car which meant he could not repeat the pace we had seen earlier in the weekend. This was not the best end to the European part of the season, but now we will just focus on the remaining races, starting with Singapore, a track which should be better suited to the characteristics of our package.”

“Today was clearly not the day we wanted. At the beginning of the race, I was blocked in Turn 1 and 2 and lost a couple of places. Very soon I had an incident with Fernando and my floor got damaged on the right side, after that I had another collision with Daniel which compromised the rear. In these conditions, the car was sliding everywhere and the race was pretty much over for me, it was very difficult to go to the end. We knew it would have been a difficult race for us but the damage to the car made it even trickier, I did the maximum I could but we lost the pace shown during the weekend. I just need to forget about it and start focusing on Singapore, which is a track where we normally can do very well.”

“I was really looking forward to my first Monza GP. I felt very strong all weekend and was very close to Pierre in Qualifying - even if that meant starting a few positions lower on the grid - I was confident of having a strong race. Unfortunately, right after the start, Ericsson moved a little bit to the left trying to pass me. It wasn’t that aggressive what he did, but it was enough to put an end to my day before Turn 1. It’s been a great race to watch from the outside, but of course I would have preferred to be on track and finish the race.”


Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 14: Italian


1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull
DQ Romain Grosjean Haas
6 Esteban Ocon Force India
7 Sergio Perez Force India
8 Carlos Sainz Renault
9 Lance Stroll Williams
10 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
14 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas
NC Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
NC Fernando Alonso McLaren
NC Brendon Hartley Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda