Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
It’s great to be back in Monaco, as always, with beautiful weather making it all the better. We ran through our intended programme – the only minor setback being a slightly uncomfortable moment when Nico dislodged a loose drain cover. It could have been a far nastier incident, so in the grand scheme of things we can be grateful it was only a puncture with no further damage to the car or otherwise. Today was the first time we’ve run the UltraSoft compound and it seems to be a decent tyre from what we’ve seen thus far. As usual in Monaco, lap times are dropping dramatically as the drivers and teams dial into the track – and will continue to do so through the weekend. We’ve made a good start – but it’s clear that qualifying will be a highly competitive affair. We’ll be working hard over the next 36 hours to get the car in the best shape possible for Saturday.