- Would it have helped Valtteri at all to pit onto new UltraSofts at the VSC?
JA: "It would've done, there is no doubt about that, if... it would've done if the Virtual Safety Car was guaranteed to have lasted long enough for us to make the stop. At the time we were holding what felt like a risky second place, where we thought we might be able to get to the end but we weren't certain and we felt that the likely worst case scenario was that we'd come home fourth.
"So, we might well have considered trading that risky second place for a nailed-on third, because we had the space to do it and get out ahead of Raikkonen. We might've considered it if we could be confident that the Virtual Safety Car would've lasted long enough for us to complete the change.
"Trouble was, the car that had brought out the Virtual Safety Car was stopped right by a gap in the barriers and it was only going to take a matter of seconds for the marshals to pull that car off the track and then the Virtual Safety Car would've ended.
"It would've been bad for us to find ourselves in the no-mans land where we had started a Virtual Safety Car stop but it ended up being halfway between a full stop and a VSC stop, because of the Virtual Safety Car ending halfway through.
"So, in the end we decided to cling on for our risky second place strategy, thinking worst case we would finish fourth.
"As it happened, the second place didn't work out and it ended up a little worse for Valtteri and for us as a result of those collisions meaning in the final analysis he dropped down to fifth place, behind Ricciardo. But, we did consider it and that's why we didn't do it."