Shanghai: What the drivers said post race
Below are what the winners from the FIA WEC 4 Hours of Shanghai said during the post-race press conference.
Bruno Senna – No.1 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson
“I felt Norman’s pain because I started on a full set of quali tyres and we were really struggling with pace and lost a lot of time to the guys behind us on old tyres.
“Then when we put two new tyres on the rear, the car transformed completely - it was like a new car. It gave me around a second and a half advantage so I could push and I know that my team-mates gave everything they had. They did a really good job considering all the conditions we had and the team did a great job too as we have had some small reliability issues.
“Today the car just ran from beginning to end without any problems so maybe today was meant for us and of course, we are all very happy about it.”
Anthony Davidson – No.38 Jota Oreca-Gibson
“It means a lot to win and as a new car crew it feels special to win especially after the good race we had together in Fuji where we ended up P2 but were cruelly robbed of the position after being excluded.
“So, to come back and win in dominant style is something I’m really happy about. It’s great for Goodyear as well and it is their first race win in LMP2, so it’s nice to be a part of that and to have engineered it so it is an important day.
“The start of the race was really challenging against all these young kids in LMP2 fighting tooth and nail. I thought I would just back a bit at the start as we started P5 and it was interesting seeing how they raced each other and I was able to pick them off one by one as the race settled down.”
Jonny Adam – No. 90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage
“It’s nice to race against Darren [Turner] as we are usually in the same car. I was fortunate to have twelve laps fresher tyres so I managed to get by.
“It was all down to Salih’s stint today, he drove so well over the first two stints, which gave us a good position to manage the gap and play the strategy out as the race unfolded. Tyre management is crucial around here, there was so much pick up towards the end of the race, it was just about staying on the line.
“Unfortunately, we have a little bit more success ballast going into Bahrain, so that might take its toll there, but generally we are really happy. We didn’t expect the win - a podium was potentially on the cards, but it is great to get back to back victories.”