2011: Best quotes of the Year

Class of 2011

Formula 1 Class of 2011

Dec.30 (Grand Prix 247) Yes they said it! Some were right on the button, others were way off the mark. We’ve chosen quotes that sum up the 2011 season and will probably have you saying: can you believe he said that…

January 2011

Robert Kubica (POL) Lotus Renault GP R31. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Valencia, Spain, Thursday 3 February 2011.

Last time Robert Kubica tested for Renault at Valencia in February he topped the timing sheets

• Raikkonen: I didn’t miss F1 at all in 2010
• Sutil: The odd podium would very welcome!
• Domenicali: Ferrari aim to win both F1 titles
• Patrick Head: We’ve built an adventurous car
• Domenicali: I nearly resigned after Abu Dhabi
• Barrichello: I see only good signs at Williams
• Kubica: I hope to battle with the big teams
• Montezemolo: Our car must win immediately

February 2011

• Schumacher: Yes, I am still good enough
• Perez: I feel I’m well prepared for Formula 1
• Horner: Vettel can go to Ferrari in ten years
• Alonso: I like the F150 but too early to tell
• Vettel: I intend keeping F1 champion trophy
• Kubica: I’m facing long difficult rehabilitation

March 2011

Formula One driver Robert Kubica, of Poland, is carried on a stretcher at Santa Corona hospital in Pietra Ligure, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Kubica was injured Sunday in a rally car accident in Italy just weeks before the start of the new

Robert Kubica survived a lifee threatenting freak rally crash

• Ricciardo: I had mum and dad at my debut
• Newey: I’m not interested in working for Ferrari
• Bernie: Jean Todt travels the world kissing babies
• Alonso: Schumacher stands out above the rest
• Hamilton: I want to be a Formula 1 legend
• Alonso: I want to win the title in 2011, 2012 and more
• Rosberg: I hope to win my first GP this year
• Schumacher: We will fight for the top places
• Dr Ceccarelli: Kubica’s recovery will be long
• Hamilton: I don’t believe I have a car to win
• Alonso: Ferrari legend better than I expected
• Brawn: We’re about a second off the pace
• Vettel: Number one is cool but no advantage
• Webber: Not good if your teammate’s winning
• Vettel: I don’t really like the word dominant
• Webber: I’m mystified by the gap to Sebastian
• Hamilton: Red Bull is just a drinks company

April 2011

2011 Australian Grand Prix - Sunday Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia 27th March 2011. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB7 Renault. World Copyright:Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C1424

Sebastian Vettel scored a dominant win in Australia

• Vettel: It would be an honour to drive for Ferrari
• Kovalainen: I’m at my very best this season
• Ecclestone: Mr Murdoch show me the money
• Petrov: It is clear that our car is very strong
• Costa: We’re quite behind and must catch up
• Massa: Our situation not as bad as some say
• Marko: Our enemies will not sleep
• Hamilton: Red Bull have half second more
• Button: I don’t know if we can beat Red Bull
• Petrov: I know we can have a great season
• Karthikeyan: If we have the parts I will qualify
• Kubica: Thank you fans you helped me a lot

May 2011

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday 27 May 2011.

Lewis Hamilton said some interesting things in Monaco

• Alguersuari: Me racing cars made mum happy
• Sutil: We want an amicable solution with Lux
• Alonso: There is no better place than Ferrari
• Glock: Why are we not on par with Lotus?
• Alonso: We will be able to fight for the title
• Button: We might as well f***ing go home
• Alonso: I’d like Flavio to return we miss him
• Ecclestone: I can’t do my job when I’m dead
• Patrick Head: My retirement is news to me
• Domenicali: I am also under the microscope
• Hamilton: Maybe it’s because I’m black

June 2011

Race winner Jenson Button (GBR) celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 12 June 2011.

Jenson Button won a great race in Canada

• Hamilton: Sometimes you say the wrong thing
• Todt: I wanted to ban Hamilton for six races
• Schumacher: It’s worse than we really expected
• Button: We know we can fight for the title
• Brawn: We don’t have the technical strength
• Coughlan: I apologise to McLaren and Ferrari
• Webber: Wrong decision to have Bahrain GP
• Heidfeld: My race pace is as good as it can be
• Gene: Alonso is better than Schumacher
• Boullier: Heidfeld good but not good enough
• Whiting: We’re stopping people breaking rules
• Alguersuari: No, Ricciardo is not a threat

July 2011

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing. Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday 7 July 2011.

Sebastian Vettel was feeling some pressure mid-season

• Brawn: Yes, I’ve made some mistakes
• Heidfeld: It’s not been a perfect season so far
• Button: McLaren does not have team orders
• Horner: Both our drivers get the same chance
• Webber: Need to make it difficult for Vettel
• Domenicali: We can’t be happy winning one race
• Kubica: My team is keeping my seat for me
• Kubica: I will be ready for 2012 F1 season
• Webber: I am not fine with team orders
• Vettel: I don’t see why there is a big fuss
• Webber: I’d love to start winning some races
• Ricciardo: I didn’t expect to race F1 this year
• Alonso: There is motivation to win every race
• Alonso: I’ve no regrets turning down Red Bull
• Montezemolo: At Ferrari we never give up
• Vettel: I am not 100 percent happy
• Vettel: I think we need to raise our game

August 2011

Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP and fellow F1 drivers at the 20th Anniversary party for Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP.

Michael Schumacher and fellow F1 drivers during his 20th Anniversary party in Belgium

• Maldonado: The first point is always special
• Schumacher: Difficult to drive on three wheels
• Heidfeld: I have a valid contract with Renault
• Alonso: It has been an honour racing Michael
• Grosjean: It’s quite funny to hear rumours
• Schumacher: I lied to Jordan to get F1 debut
• Alonso: Hamilton and I grew together in 2007
• Button: I never give up let’s see what happens
• Buemi: Red Bull happy with my performance
• Ecclestone: Pay TV would be suicidal for F1
• Montezemolo: I expect more wins this season
• Ecclestone: Briatore made a payment for me
• Marko: Webber will probably retire next year
• Webber: Alonso knows when enough is enough
• Ferrari: Let’s not react in emotional manner
• Button: We need to stop the little mistakes

September 2011

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel on the Monza podium

• Domenicali: We could’ve won more this year
• Alonso: I would bet on Vettel winning the title
• Hamilton: Jenson’s done better job all season
• Anthony Hamilton: Where’s my son’s manager?
• Webber: I am pretty happy to be honest
• Alonso: This year’s been too easy for Vettel
• Barrichello: We’ve had a terrible year
• Horner: Vettel grows stronger and stronger
• Hamilton: I am willing to risk a little bit more
• Rosberg: Mercedes GP not big enough to win
• Vettel on the Monza podium: Life doesn’t get much better than this
• Montezemolo: Domenicali has all my support
• Vettel: I imagine sitting in a red car one day

October 2011

Sebastian Vettel while attending the Red Bull Racing Home Run event on December 10, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England.

Sebastian Vettel wanted to be Michael Jackson

• Hamilton: If I have to go let it be in a race car
• Vettel: Many things might have looked easy
• Newey: A great adventure joining Red Bull
• Alonso during Korean GP: I give up
• Vettel: Yes, yes, yes. Ten wins my friends!
• Hamilton: I’ve always had respect for Felipe
• Massa: I have nothing to say to Hamilton
• Vettel: I wanted to become Michael Jackson
• Alonso: I don’t like cars overtaking me
• Newey: Next year’s RB8 will amaze everyone
• Marko: Vettel’s success makes Webber suffer
• Tombazis: Our 2012 Ferrari has ‘Wow’ factor
• Smedley to Massa: Destroy Hamilton’s race

November 2011

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen returns

• Button on Massa vs Hamilton: I don’t give a f**k
• Horner: Winning so often makes us unpopular
• Alonso: I will remember it as a not bad season
• Vergne: I would do no worse than Webber
• Raikkonen: In a sh*t car you’ll never win
• Boullier: Vitaly apologised and matter is closed
• Petrov: How much have we lost on pitstops? How much have we lost on tactics?
• Hamilton: My season is like a bad round of golf
• Schumacher: Do I feel it? Do I want it or not?
• Ecclestone: I paid him not to do silly things
• Mallya: I have a big decision to make
• Montezemolo: Without Ferrari there is no F1
• Alguersuari: I want to be champ with Red Bull
• Raikkonen: I never really lost the passion for racing in F1

December 2011

(L to R): Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso with Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Sebastien Buemi with Jaime Alguersuari

• Verstappen: Schumacher cheated in 1994
• Vettel: Red Bull RB8 is like a child being born
• Domenicali: Santa knows what to bring for me
• Tost: Changing drivers might be seen as harsh
• Buemi: I’m shocked and not expecting it at all
• Alguersuari: Toro Rosso decision a big surprise
• Alonso: Ferrari is burdened with expectations
• Grosjean: I met Kimi and he is a nice guy
• Button: I’m not blowing smoke up my arse…
• Raikkonen: People must have missed me!

  • http://yallaF1.com F1 Fan

    This is what stands out for me. Button-Mclaren does not have team orders. Alonso-I give up.I don’t like cars overtaking me. Schumacher-Difficult to drive on 3 wheels. Luca-Without Ferrari there is no F1.