- Why do Mercedes struggle so badly on HyperSofts? Also, why didn't you guys take more to Canada to run in free practice?
"Let's tackle the first and really important part of it. We simply didn't bring enough HyperSoft tyres to Canada to prepare our drivers in the best way possible for qualifying. We would've needed at least one more set available to them.
"The way tyres are chosen is, 14 weeks before the race, this is early March before you have been to a Grand Prix yet but after winter testing, you need to choose your allocation for the Canadian Grand Prix.
"We biased away from the HyperSoft believing it would be insufficiently robust to produce good laps in the race. The HyperSoft in Monaco and in Canada did struggle but it was better then we were expecting it to be back in early March, more robust of a tyre, usable as you saw in Red Bull who were able to do the first stint of the race on it, and ultimately a strong tyre in qualifying.
"The more experience we had on that, it would've improved our situation even if it was just a few milliseconds. The way our car works on HyperSofts, Monaco was an entirely different problem to Montreal.
"In fact, in Montreal I would argue we had no issues on those tyres, we extracted everything we needed to from qualifying, Valtteri was in P2 and that's where the car was performance wise. Lewis had a number of other small balance issues, but they are not related to whether it was a HyperSoft or UltraSoft. They are more on chassis balance.
"If we go back to Monaco, yes there were the issues in the race but we understand a number of those now and they wouldn't have applied to Montreal. What's interesting for us now, more importantly, is we are going to have these tyres, the HyperSoft, later on in the season.
"If I had to guess, Singapore and towards the end of the year Abu Dhabi are races where I expect that tyre will come back up again.
"We have got a few opportunities again in the future to make sure we understand how it performs, how our car performs on it and extract the maximum performance we can from it. I am very confident we are going to be able to do that."