A second F1 podium for the team, Fernando’s first for AMF1 on a magical debut, Lance’s valiant fight to secure sixth place, and the team’s highest-scoring Grand Prix weekend. Fernando, Lance and Team Principal Mike Krack reflect on a night to remember in Bahrain.
This is an incredible result for the entire team, and we must enjoy this moment. I am very proud of the job everybody has done. We did not have the best start, but the race pace was strong.
We had some great fights today, especially with Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton. Lewis is a legend of the sport, and it was great to have so much respect between us out there.
It was also an incredible effort from Lance, who was a hero today for driving so well so soon after his injury to pick up some great points. You can feel the energy in the team: everybody is working flat out at the moment and we are all very motivated.
This weekend feels like a dream, but we must stay realistic because this is just one track and the first race. Jeddah is a very different kind of circuit, a very different challenge. I cannot wait to get back in the car.
It was a fun race, and I am pleased to score good points tonight. It was not the most comfortable race for me because of the injuries I have been dealing with, but finishing sixth has made it worth enduring all that pain.
This is an amazing result for the team and the best way to start the season. Well done to everybody at Silverstone and here at the track. Fernando put in a great drive to take a podium the first time and has shown this car’s potential. It feels great to be battling with Mercedes.
Even with the adrenaline, the pain was the biggest limiting factor in the race’s second half. I must thank everyone who helped me be in the best shape possible today. I will now use the coming days ahead of Jeddah to work on recovery.
Today’s fantastic result is the culmination of the team’s hard work over many months. Bringing home a podium and sixth place in the season’s first race is a wonderful achievement, and the team should be extremely proud.
Fernando and Lance raced well, showing the race pace we knew was possible and making well-judged overtaking moves when it mattered. Fernando has been buzzing all weekend; that energy has transferred throughout the team. As for Lance, just competing has been a heroic effort, and to see him finish sixth after a great pass on Russell is a superb effort. It is a massively impressive performance, having missed all winter testing.
This is a great way to start the season, and I want to thank everyone in the team, our partners, and our fantastic fans. But this is only race one, and a long season ahead of us.
We will keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard, and look to build on this strong performance next time out in Saudi Arabia.