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âWe played the long game today â most people were making their pit-stops early â and I felt I kept the tyres in good condition.
âI also had a lot of fun out there, especially racing Kevin [Magnussen], Sebastian [Vettel] and Fernando [Alonso] at the end.
âIn the final laps Kevin and I didnât touch, although I had to back off a bit at Turn Eight, when Fernando ran off as he and Kevin were dicing. I lost a place to Fernando there, which was a bit of a shame, and in turn a place to Sebastian after that, but as I say I really enjoyed it out there.
âItâs such a fantastic circuit; driving here always feels so good.â
“We found a decent balance here today, but, as always on a Grand Prix Friday, weâre never completely happy.
âOn the Option tyre, Iâm very happy; on the Prime, Kevin is happier than I am, so weâve got to work out the reasons for that this evening. In the first sector weâre quickest, in the third sector weâre a tenth or so off the pace, but in the middle sector weâre almost a second down. So weâll have to work on getting the balance a bit better, and hopefully we can improve in the areas weâre already strong in, too.
âOverall, Iâd say our car feels reasonably nice to drive around here, but the circuit demands a low-downforce aero configuration, and thatâs given us some areas to work on, especially with the Prime tyre, on which weâre struggling a little as I say.
âBut thereâs definitely room for improvement, and hopefully weâll have a good weekend from here on in. Having said that, we donât really know whatâs going to happen with the weather; I think thereâs a good chance of rain tomorrow, which will change everything of course.
âFinally, I just want to say something about Eau Rouge. With our low-downforce set-up, itâs, er, interesting. Youâve got oversteer at more than 300km/h, and I admit I let out a few screams inside my crash helmet through there on a couple of laps, especially on high fuel. But this is a track on which you always have moments â and, as ever at Spa, itâs a great experience, and Iâm really looking forward to the next two days.â