BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 9. A press briefing has been held within the FIA (International Automobile Federation) Prize Giving Ceremony in Baku, Trend reports.
During the briefing, competition-winning pilots shared interesting events from their careers with journalists.
Three-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton stated that piloting has always been a challenging and exhilarating process.
"I've met many new pilots. They are in a quite competitive position. In certain periods of every pilot's life, there are downturns. It's during these times that you need to refocus, and set new goals. Pilots must constantly strive for improvement. Of course, team spirit is also important here. No one in my team backed down, which motivated me a lot," he noted.
Hamilton also praised the fantastic venue for the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Baku.
"We'll gather here and celebrate amazing achievements. We'll be with wonderful people who have achieved tremendous success in their careers," he added.
Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen commented on his victory.
"Once a person achieves consecutive victories, they want to continue doing so. The pressure on pilots due to victory is always aimed at achieving a good result. If I continue to strive to do everything possible and derive pleasure from it, everything will be fine. Sustainable success not only depends on your desire but also on the efforts to win races and improve. Always stay calm about the competition around you," he said.
Karting world champion Dries Van Langendonck noted that all pilots prepare for numerous challenges throughout the year.
"The most important thing in racing is wheel control. In my last race, I fell behind in the first lap, then made a beautiful overtaking. In the last moment, I realized that I am the champion," he emphasized.
Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, said that as the team evolves in racing, they always strive for perfection.
"There are many things we can improve this season. We can do even more to become even better. We need to continue evolving, improving. That's what drives the whole team," he explained.
World rally-raid champion Nasser Al-Attiyah mentioned that although traveling between countries was challenging, he liked Azerbaijan very much.
"Before embarking on a trip, I think that I am setting out to win. Sports has helped me in many aspects of my life. I work a lot on myself, and it's quite interesting," he pointed out.
Highlighting that the most successful races in his career took place in Azerbaijan, pilot Mathieu Baumel said he was happy to visit the country.
"We have already started a new season. I feel this year is going really well for me. I have always managed to be in the top three, top five, and I thought I would win the championship again. I feel very good with the team. Exciting moments lie ahead of us," he said.
Formula 1 champion Jake Dennis said that after the race, he experienced many different emotions.
"In the end, we became champions. It was quite simple, and yes, we beat our own records in every race. That's why this year was special for us. I had an excellent team around," Dennis added.