- Why was the tyre degradation so high? Also, how was it you only had used sets to change onto?
AS: "Well, the first question, it was because we were seeing graining, which is a mechanism when the surface of the tyre gets damaged and you start to get waves appearing in the rubber, and that results in less grip.
"And this is what was happening on the front tyres, you could probably see that from the onboard cameras.
"Now, we weren't the only ones suffering from that, but we were definitely suffering from it worse than Ferrari and Red Bull. And it just causes the car to understeer, you get this loss of grip and it is very difficult for the drivers to maintain the pace.
"The second part of the question, why did we only have used sets. Well, sometimes if we don't want to use a harder set of tyres in Qualifying, we'll leave it for the race and it is there as a new set.
"However, the selection here was at the very soft end, we were able to use our UltraSoft tyres during Qualifying, so we had put laps on those tyres.
"However, the SuperSoft tyres were new for the race. It was just that once we had used that SuperSoft, all of the tyres we had to choose from were either used UltraSoft or used HyperSoft."