The Belgian took his first win of the season, underlining the speed of the Mercedes car.
Stoffel Vandoorne, the race winner, immediately said that his first place today was “redemption” for yesterday’s race and that he is happy that he didn’t crash into Lucas di Grassi because otherwise, the race would have been very different. He also emphasized that the full-course yellow was very good for him because Pascal Wehrlein switched on the attack mode at the same moment and he couldn’t use it at the yellow flag. And that earned Vandoorne more time.
Alex Sims is happy about his restart after the safety car as he immediately overtook Pascal Wehrlein and was in P2. He also “thanked” Pascal Wehrlein because the German gave him enough space to pass. He said that other reactions had been seen from other drivers who did not leave so much space and made overtaking unfair. He also knows that he still has a lot to learn as this is only the second race weekend with Mahindra and he can still make up a lot of time in the qualifying sessions. But races like this give him strength and motivate him.
Pascal Wehrlein is not entirely satisfied with his third place. Although he said he was pleased to have finished on the podium in his second race weekend with Porsche, he also thinks that much more would have been possible because he was also leading the race at times and missed many opportunities. He felt that his overtaking maneuver against Norman Nato was very important because it gave him good speed. But then he saw Vandoorne pass him from behind “like a rocket”.
Stoffel Vandoorne also responded to a question from the ASN team. The question was how he stayed focused with all the yellow flags and the accidents and how difficult it was to hold off the other drivers.
When ASN Motorsports asked Stoffel Vandoorne how he kept his focus throughout all the incidents and yellow flags, as well as holding off the drivers behind, he answered that he didn’t see exactly what was happening behind him, “but it seemed quite entertaining.” When he overtook Norman Nato at the start, he immediately switched on the attack mode and was able to reduce his gap to Pascal Wehrlein. That was very important because in the further full-course yellow Wehrlein was unable to use his first attack mode. After that, he had only focused on himself and not on what was going on around him. The constantly changing conditions and tire wear were very difficult to manage, but in the end, it was enough for the Belgian.