Nico, fastest in Q1 and Q2 but narrowly edged in Q3: what are your thoughts?
I don’t particularly enjoy coming second so I am of course disappointed. But I had a good feeling throughout today and I quite enjoyed Qualifying. I had a good lap at the end but Lewis just did a better job in Q3. Starting second is a bit of a disadvantage but it's such a long straight down to the first corner, so I will hope to have a better start than Lewis tomorrow and overtake him.
Do you feel that the team has slightly pulled ahead of the opposition?
I wouldn’t say that but it looks like we’ve managed to keep the gap consistent and that’s an achievement in itself. The team has done a great job and it’s fantastic to see. Our ambition is always to make the gap bigger and I hope the others don’t close up too much.
Are you confident for tomorrow’s race?
Today was not ideal but it's going to be a long race where tyre degradation will be a key issue, so there may be some opportunities to take advantage. It’s still all to play for. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and I'll be giving everything to take advantage of this amazing Silver Arrow that we have at the moment and hopefully extend my lead in the Championship.