I was a great fan of getting the power to weight ratio of the planes even... It's very close racing and as competitors. that's what we want. You can make a mistake and drop several places...- Nigel Lamb
The difference is stark and there's no bigger difference than Spielberg and an over-water track like Abu Dhabi-Nigel Lamb
It's true, it was very hard for me to be honest to deal with that pressure... the pressure comes from myself and the expectations and especially the disaster of last year. After these two years I think I did a really good job and I'm really relieved. Coming back to the final with these conditions is a big achievement, and in the final I knew I was taking a fast line, and I didn't want to risk a pylon hit. Matthias took the risk and got a faster time, so congratulations to him.- Hannes Arch
I don't care so much about the snow... what made me more happy was the change in wind direction which made for a good final with the flying conditions. Overall it was really tough for all the pilots - if the wind changes then you have to change your line. So you have to be really open to change your tactics and stay cool and calm. I'm really pleased about my achievement of second place, especially after the last two years.- Hannes Arch
First of all I want to dedicate this victory to my parents, who assisted me in getting to where I am... there was a little bit of disadvantage as I missed two runs in Qualifying. In the first run, I didn't want to take any risk because I knew Yoshi was out... Then we let the cat out of the bag. I was prepared and mentally fit today, it all came together. You need a lot of confidence to fly these lines and I knew I was only going to beat Hannes and Nigel if I was going on the limit. This worked out so thanks to my team for the big effort- Matthias Dolderer
It's a big mental game and the better you're prepared mentally the easier it is. But preparation is one thing and once you're in the plane you have to do what you've prepared. If I was to tell you all my secrets maybe the others would come a little closer!-Matthias Dolderer
Well... that's a wrap here in Spielberg. It's been a wild ride in the green heart of Austria, and big thanks to the Red Bull Ring for an amazing racing location.
With his first ever race win, Dolderer now leads the World Championship rankings with 27 points, Ivanoff is in second with 19 points, followed by Hannes Arch in third with 12 points.We'll be touching down in Japan for the third instalment of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on June 4 & 5... get ready Chiba, we're coming!Thanks to all our fans for your support.See you in Japan!