Well done to Lewis on his 100th pole position - it’s a phenomenal achievement and the whole team is proud of him, and proud to have played a part in him reaching this milestone.
As expected, it was a real scrap for pole and it was good to have both of our cars in the mix today. Having two cars at the front is very also useful from a strategic point of view for the race tomorrow. Tyre choice for the race start was quite straightforward; the hard tyre isn’t working well so everyone in the top 10 opted for the soft and we’d expect most to only use soft and medium tomorrow.
The hot sunny conditions today made it quite difficult to get the tyres to the final sector in good condition, it’s really easy to overheat here and any little slide costs you with a build-up of temperature. Valtteri suffered with this in turn 10 where a snap ultimately dropped him out of the running for pole. The track seemed to peak before the end of the session so the order at the top didn’t change in the final run and, as much as we’d have liked to have taken the front row, having both on the clean side of the grid is not too bad. The race will be interesting tomorrow; we’ll see in the first stint if we have the pace to break away but there are a few options for strategy on the table. We’re expecting it to be a tough fight but one that we are looking forward to.