Podium Interview - Conducted by Kai Ebel
Sebastian, congratulations, and it's your first ever Hungarian victory. How proud are you in front of all these people after this very special race?
Sebastian Vettel: Incredible day but this victory is for Jules. We know that it has been an incredibly tough week and it's, I think, for all of us very, very difficult, so this one is for him and especially all the people in Ferrari and all the Ferrari we knew that sooner or later he would have been part of our team, part of this family. Cette victoire, c'est pour Jules.
Great gesture from Sebastian. Sebastian, coming back to this very exciting race - what was going through your mind when you heard the safety car is coming out after a fantastic first part of the race?
SV: Well, there was definitely, from our point, no need for that, but it obviously made it a lot more interesting at the end. We had a great start and obviously it was crucial to get in the lead straight away. The car was difficult but great to drive and it has been a great race, we showed great pace. Thank you very, very much to the team for the recovery since Friday and today I think it just came together and despite the safety car we still managed to win, so this one is for the team as well.
Dany Kvyat, it seems to be the day of surprises - your very first podium. How surprised are you by yourself?
Daniil Kvyat: Well, yeah, thank you, thank you to everyone, it's been a very tough year, race, everything, but I think as a team we all deserve this podium very much. I thank my team very much for this podium. But you know this podium it goes first of all to Jules Bianchi and to his family. We lost a great guy, a great driver. So all my thoughts are with him right now. But first podium, like you said, it's a great achievement and it feels great.
Thank you, great gesture from you, Dany. But at what stage of the race did you start thinking, well, I can do it today?
DK: Well, after Turn One I thought my race was over to be honest, because I had such a massive flat spot I could hardly stay on track. But then the team told me to keep pushing. You know some people say "never give up" but they don't know what they're saying and until today I didn't also know what it means really, but today I really learned what it means to never give up because it can always come your way.
Thank you Dany and coming to the next Danny - Daniel Ricciardo come to me - the honey badger is on the podium. Lots of tough fighting today. How tough was the fighting on track for you?
Daniel Ricciardo: It was a crazy race. There was contact in Turn One, I thought there was a lot of damage, I thought the race was over. Then contact on the restart with Lewis, I thought the race was probably over and then contact with Nico as well. We were resilient today. I left it all on the track. Let's say I put my heart into everything today. I think that's the way Jules would have wanted it, so I owe that race to him and I'm very grateful to be on the podium, it's feels like a victory. It's been a long time, a long season for me, so I feel that I gained some strength today and I owe this one to me. Yeah, that's it.
Coming back to... a lot of incidents today, to the incident today. Did you think you would keep the third position? We have to talk about this, because it was a really tough manoeuvre between the two of you?
DR: I came from a long way back. We know we don't have the speed on the straight, so... I knew we were quick enough to win. I saw Seb wasn't getting away, so I thought if I could get Nico I could probably get Seb, so the laps were counting down, I saw a gap and I went for it. At that stage the move was clean and then it just looked like Nico cut back on the exit and came across and just... I guess I didn't have enough room and we touched. I touched his tyre and he touched my wing. It was close. It's disappointing, we both obviously ruined our chances of a win but I wanted to leave it all out there.
Thank you Daniel. Final word with Sebastian. Sebastian, going to the summer break and I know you're here with your mobile home. Why not spend a couple of weeks here in this fantastic land of Hungary with all the guys?
SV: Yeah. The weather is always great, the people are great.... Now I have no choice! No, I'm sure we'll have a great night. Obviously I still remember what happened in Malaysia after the race, so I hope it's going to be very similar. No, it's great, it's great; so many fans around here, so much support all around the track, a lot of German flags, it's really special. Thank you.
Sebastian, congratulations and amongst the other things to note today, you equalled Ayrton Senna's 41 career victories, and a great example of how motor sport can stir the emotions in so many ways. The win obviously built on the performance at the start; the safety car threatened it towards the closing stages, but how proud are you of the win that you achieved today and the way that you did it?
SV: Well, as you mentioned, it's incredible the ups and downs you can go through... look, in the end we have a common passion, something we love, something... we are very different people, different guys, but we share a great passion and that is what drives us. I think the love for racing is bigger than anything else. It was a tough start, a tough week, obviously with Tuesday, and then to think about Jules again on the grid - certainly very emotional and difficult to get back in the rhythm. But then you find yourself back in the car, visor down and there are so many things you have to think about there's not really much space for other things. I guess we do what we love to do, what we have to do. Equally mentioning Senna's record is something incredible. I don't know how to put this in words. I think nevertheless today is for Jules and his family. I think that's bigger than everything else. But certainly for us, for the team, for myself, it was an amazing day. A great start. Obviously a bit hairy at the end where we had to push again. Unfortunately lost Kimi's comfortable second position, also due to a problem that he suffered. So, I don't know, I think if you take the last couple of days, the up and down, both emotionally and in terms of performance, I think it's difficult to beat, but obviously it's great to come out on top and sit here now.
Thank you, coming to you Daniil, your second season in Formula One, your first podium. Early on in the race you had to let Daniel through but you made quite a recovery to finish in second place. Was strategy they key to that?
DK: Well, yeah, it's fantastic to be on the podium for the first time, it's hard to describe what I feel today. I think first of all, the second place goes to Jules Bianchi and his family. You know, we lost a great guy, a fantastic person and a great driver. Yeah, it was a race where everything happened for me to be honest. After the start I thought my race was over, because I had a massive flat spot. We were discussing with the team whether we should box straight away or not, but we decided to stay out. Then we had a decent stint on the prime but still it wasn't feeling great through the race. But then something picked up and it was going in the right direction in the second half of the race. The rivals were fighting and I found myself in second place. Today I definitely learned never to give up, whatever happens. It's a great lesson today. The team, you know, we've been having such a hard year and I think all the team, all the guys in the team, all the mechanics have been working so hard and they all deserve this so much. Today I understood that we want to be back to the top one day.