"Well done to the team on another front row and to Lewis on a great lap for pole. I’m fairly sure that it would have looked more straightforward from the outside than it really was. The Soft compound is not easy to get going here and we’d realised on Thursday that we would need a fast out lap; which in Monaco means an out lap in free air. Everyone seemed to run early in the first qualifying session, so we were too cold starting the first lap, both cars were then struggling to get clean laps until much later in the run when the tyres were well past their best. The second session is always a bit more straightforward with fewer cars on track and Valtteri started to put some really nice laps in. Lewis was finding it hard to get the tyres to work for lap one, his second session was a bit messy. We hadn’t quite decided what we were doing by the final session, Lewis trying lap two, Valtteri lap one, but the time Valtteri put in made it clear we needed to go for the first lap. The final lap in qualifying is so important here and so it proved today. Lewis was able to get the tyres into the right range and put together a good lap for pole, Valtteri was held up on the out lap by the cars around him and started the lap a bit cool, which ultimately meant he couldn’t improve. Whilst the front row is important here, it’s also Monaco and anything can happen. The tyres are also quite marginal for a one stop so we’re not assuming that we will have an easy time tomorrow and will work hard overnight to make sure we are as well prepared as we can be."