Lewis and Nico qualified in fourth and sixth places for the Malaysian Grand Prix this afternoon.
Both drivers completed one run on the hard compound tyre in Q1 and one run on the medium compound in Q2. With rain starting to fall during the second qualifying session, Q3 required the use of intermediates tyres. Lewis and Nico used one set of intermediates for the session and finished in P4 and P6 respectively.
For Ross, today was “an exciting qualifying session with the threat of the weather conditions changing. The car was well balanced on both dry compounds and the intermediate tyres, and we made a pretty good job of judging the conditions.
Clearly there was an opportunity at the end to put a second set of intermediates on and potentially go faster but it could have gone either way. Both Lewis and Nico are in good positions for the race and the car seems to be in reasonable shape so we look forward to tomorrow and whatever the weather decides to throw at us.”
“That was a tricky qualifying session” said Toto, “particularly in Q3 when it may have been better to run a second set of new intermediate tyres - but it's easy to be wise after the fact. The reality today is that we have shown our trend is positive, we got a solid result with both cars in the top six and the team delivered a solid performance.
We have spent the entire weekend working on our performance for Sunday, not Saturday, and we hope that we can confirm our positive trend tomorrow.”