Lewis, it looked like you lost time in the middle sector on your final lap: can you tell us what happened?
It wasn’t that particularly. I went wide a couple of times in turn six and then turn eight but Nico just did a fantastic job today, so congratulations to him. It wasn’t the greatest of qualifying sessions for me. Sometimes you have good ones, sometimes you have bad ones and I need to work hard to make sure I do better tomorrow. But it’s great that we have got the one-two in qualifying. It’s a really fantastic performance by the team, so let’s hope we can make history tomorrow.
There were only seven one hundredths of a second between you today: can we expect a similarly close battle in the race tomorrow?
I would assume so, yes!
On the one hand it looks like an easy track for overtaking but how important is being on pole here?
It’s actually not that easy: especially with Nico being so fast. Overtaking the same car as mine, especially when we’re so close on pace, is going to be very difficult. I’ll do what I can but, of course, the priority is to make sure we get as many points as possible.
It was announced earlier today that there is a new deal to keep the race in Montreal for the next ten years: what are your thoughts?
It’s one of the best races of the year, but mostly the fans are some of the best that we get to see. They really make the atmosphere fantastic and the city is incredible. We all enjoy coming here so I’m grateful that it’s been done and that we get to race here many more times.
Looking at the results today, do you predict that the race will be contested between the two MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS cars or can you see somebody else maybe giving you trouble?
I don’t think it’s just between the two of us. In qualifying Sebastian (Vettel) wasn’t as close as I’m sure he would like to be but the Red Bull’s race pace was great in Monaco so I anticipate tomorrow they should be quite strong. We definitely cannot disregard them. I think we need to be very cautious, still, and make sure that we keep pushing.