Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
Quite a messy session, overall. We got through Q1 in reasonable shape but from Q2 onwards it wasn’t quite as straightforward. Lewis encountered yellow flags on his first Q2 run, then locked up and ran deep at Turn Eight on his second. This left him with plenty to do on tyres which were in far from optimal condition for his final attempt but he made it through. In Q3 we opted to put both drivers on a single, four lap run, theoretically giving them two attempts at a flying lap. Nico did a great job to take pole with a strong effort – but an uncharacteristically messy session for Lewis unfortunately ended in contact with the wall. The car is clearly very quick here, so we’re disappointed not to have locked out the front row. But the potential to have both drivers on the podium is still there. We’ve seen from the GP2 race earlier today that overtaking along the start / finish straight can be an interesting prospect, so it’s all still to play for on both sides. However, we also saw five cars go out at the first corner in that race, so negotiating that obstacle will be the first priority. It should be an exciting race.