Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
First of all, congratulations to Nico on an incredible lap. To be honest, it reminds me of Monza where Lewis achieved something similar – and that’s what makes this battle between our drivers so fantastic. They are both able to pull out these phenomenal performances under pressure and keep setting the bar even higher. Congratulations as well to the team for their work so far this weekend. We arrived in Singapore conscious of our relatively poor performance and results last year, and a large effort went into understanding the reasons for this and being stronger this year. We have seen today that, as far as qualifying is concerned at least, we have achieved that. That is a great credit to our engineering team for some excellent work so far. As we know, however, this is an extremely tough race for the drivers, the car and the team, so our attention has turned quickly to tomorrow. We must complete diligently our preparation and see if we can convert strong grid positions into equally rewarding race results.