âThis wasnât the result I was after â but the was good fun nonetheless. Itâs just a pity that we didnât quite have the race pace weâd hoped for: when you start fifth and sixth, youâre not just looking for a points finish, you want a bit more than that.
âIf weâd had a clear run, I think we could have done a bit better â but, in the traffic, it was easier for the cars around us to pick us off than it was for us to pick them off.
âI had an amazing battle with Checo â we took the first Lesmo side by side, which doesnât happen very often. Itâs a pity I couldnât get past him â I tried so many times â but he was so strong under braking that to match him into the turns I was locking up the fronts and the rears, which left me struggling for position on the exits.
âBut I was really on the limit. It was superb wheel-to-wheel action â I hope it was great entertainment for the spectators and fantastic TV for the fans at home.â
âWeâve looked pretty good all weekend, and we gradually tweaked the set-up and balance through every session. On my final flying lap in Q3, I didnât get a clean middle sector â I lost a little bit of time through the Lesmos â but we probably qualified better than expected.
âIâm a little surprised at how quick the Williams cars have been â we didnât expect them to be that far in front of us â but weâre the third-best team on single-lap pace, which is nice.
âI think things will be a bit more competitive in the race: our Friday long-runs proved somewhat tricky for us, so weâll be aiming for a better race tomorrow. Itâll be hotter on Sunday, too, which could potentially help us, so weâll see what happens in the race.â