Heikki, it has been a long road, but your first win in Formula 1. Describe your feelings as you crossed the line…
Yeah, of course I was very happy. Like you mentioned there have been various incidents this year, and we have been in the position after Saturday quite a few times to fight for victory, but always something has gone wrong and it hasn't functioned perfectly.
Today obviously I knew Massa and Lewis were both very fast at the beginning of the race, but halfway through I felt it was starting to work for me a little bit better and then at the end I just tried to put pressure on Massa and hoped something would happen.
Obviously it looked like he had a mechanical failure, so it all worked fine for me today and I am very, very happy about it. [It is thanks to] all the hard work that the whole team has put in over the last few months, through difficult times – we just kept pushing and it is very respectable. I am very, very glad to score my first victory.
The car looked particularly good in the last stint on the softer tyres. How quick was the car relative to Felipe do you think?
It is difficult to say what he was doing. I was catching him by quite a big chunk every lap, and the target was to try and put pressure on him and take all the power from his engine – everything I could do to put pressure on him. Like you said, my car felt particularly good in the last stint.
The first two stints I was a little bit cautious. Earlier this year I have had some troubles with the tyre degradation, and I was worried if I crossed that edge again I might start to struggle. I just kept my own pace, and then in the last stint it all worked fine for me.
In the last few laps you knew you were leading, and the Finnish anthem was played for you this time on the podium…
It is fantastic. It is a great moment. Of course it is a moment I have been targeting for many, many years now since I started to get an idea about the possibility of becoming an F1 driver. I started to work hard and improve my fitness.
I have spent a lot of time to achieve this goal, so to finally achieve it is very pleasing, and hopefully this is the first of many. At the moment we just need to keep the concentration, have a little break and try to maximise this break and then go to the next round and try to repeat it.
Timo, two weeks ago you were leaving the circuit on a stretcher, and here you are celebrating your first-ever podium finish in Formula 1…