Watching from the pit wall, Technical Director James Allison saluted the team’s effort, while urging caution ahead of a long campaign.
“That was an exhilarating session,” he said. “Massive credit to all the people in this team who, after such a strong year in 2016, have created a car to a new set of regulations, come back a year later and put it on pole again. It’s a splendid effort from the entire team.
“But what is clear is that it’s very close. We’ve got some serious competition and this could be the start of quite a memorable season. We’ve just got to make sure that it’s us who keeps our nose ahead in the development race.”