First of all, congratulations to Williams on today’s result with the front row lockout – they really deserve it. Today we simply didn’t get the job done well enough. Things got off to a messy start with a tricky third practice session and it was clear that the option tyre would be hard to switch on for the timed lap. Lewis’ first try in Q3 would probably have been good enough for pole without a mistake in the final sector, which meant his time was cancelled, then he had the spin on the second run. Nico wasn’t happy with the car balance through the session, complaining of too much understeer, then he had to slow for the yellow flags on his last flying lap. But there’s no point talking about what might have been; what we have is P3 and P9 on the grid. It will be a long, tough race tomorrow; we need to get every detail right if we want to recover and score a strong result.
It was a reasonably good Q1 and Q2 for us, although it was clear that the Williams were looking good, particularly on the option tyre. In Q3, Lewis was ahead with his first lap but ran wide at Turn 8, so that lap was disqualified and left him under pressure for his final run. He had a lock-up at Turn 2 and it’s still not clear exactly why that was, so we will be looking closely at the data. Nico didn’t get a good run on his first lap, so was also pushing hard on his final lap, but was caught out by the yellow flags and ended up P3. All credit to Williams – it’s their first front row since 2003. We have a lot of work to do to get to the front with both cars but we’ll be working hard to do that.