It went beyond my expectations, and I need a few minutes to realise... and well, what can I say? We put chance on our side. I'm very happy for my team and the decisions I made, and obviously I have thanks for the Breitling Team and for Max, he's been the best coach. A huge amount of success comes from Breitling Team number 1 and our team too.
I'm really happy... I said it was going to be really hard but I'm quite happy. I was not stressed, but we had to be really careful with the G. I had to do the run as clean as I could and I'm happy for the team! I propose we stop the World Championship for now and let's wait for next year!
Well that brings the first race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016 to a close. Plenty of speed, skill and surprises here in Abu Dhabi. Definitely one to remember.
It’s just like visiting an unknown magic house full of doors and rooms, and try to imagine you’re in front of the door. You can try to find a key for the door, sometimes the door opens itself. I followed a particular path to the podium today and I must have opened a lot of magic doors, that opened itself.- Francois Le Vot
My method was to follow the rules and centred on myself, not to focus on what could go wrong… just try to get the best I could get from myself and the plane and apparently it worked. I realised it was really teamwork. Last year I didn’t have all these guys with me, it’s so good to have a buddy with me who I could rely on...- Francois Le Vot
The technical elements of the aircraft are one thing, but the pilot is something else. How you train to focus and how you prepare mentally… you need to form one team and everyone backs the other one up. All for one, and one for all. We’re really looking forward to the rest of the season… let’s see what happens…- Matthias Dolderer
First, I’m really happy when I’m in the plane when I’m flying the race. Every morning on Race Day I say I want to do three flights, not one. I’m most happy when I get to do the last flight, the third one… I’m really relaxed when I’m in the plane waiting for refuelling and getting ready. But you can be sure that inside I’m not always relaxed sometimes…- Nicolas Ivanoff
When you have a nice start, you can be more confident for the rest of the races in the season. You know that you can get good results. I think it’s better to have a start like that for sure. Maybe the evening before the race you can have a lot of pressure, but for the race you’re more confident. We will see at the next race.- Nicolas Ivanoff
Last year I made a lot of mistakes, we didn’t have a right setup for the plane. I made so many mistakes… the end of 2014 was nice and now I think we’ve found the same setup for the plane and the team.- Nicolas Ivanoff
Just accept what you get here, and make the most of it- Dolderer on Arch's comments about the Abu Dhabi racetrack