“Iâm glad it was an exciting race for the fans, but it was a tough afternoon for us. We didnât make the right decisions today.
The opening laps in the rain were great: I got up into fifth â which wasnât a bad position for us â but it went downhill from there. As the track started to dry, we thought it was going to rain again â unfortunately, however, we were the only ones thinking that.
“I feel like I did everything right, and in every track condition, which is why itâs tough â but we win as a team and we lose as a team, and weâll quickly put this behind us and move on.
“Itâs the perfect time for the summer break â obviously, weâre not where we want to be, but weâve had some positive results, and the whole team has worked incredibly hard throughout this first half of the season. I hope that everybody can get the chance to recharge their batteries before we embark on what we hope will be a better half of the season.”
“Until qualifying, it felt like it had been raining on me all weekend! Then, this afternoon, the car felt a lot better than it had in all the other sessions. That was a major positive.
“I think itâs the ânever give upâ attitude of the guys in the garage: weâd been playing with the set-up all weekend â itâs better now, but thereâs still more work needed.
“Into Q2, we had reasonable pace and I think we did well to take seventh, just a few hundredths behind sixth. Seventh is basically where we are.
“We donât know what the weather will do tomorrow. In the dry, our long-run pace looks okay, but all the guys ahead of me are very quick, so weâll see what we can do.
“Iâm on the clean side of the grid, so Iâll be hoping for a good start.”
“I had a relatively good run on the soft tyre using high fuel, so Iâm feeling happier about that, but the balance over a single lap is something we need to concentrate on tonight.
“It was quite difficult to be consistent; the car felt different from corner to corner, from lap to lap. I like a precise car, and we didnât quite nail that today â but I think we know why that is and weâll change it for tomorrow. Iâm not too worried.
“Looking at the timesheets, itâs quite difficult to know where we stand â weâre not up there with the Mercedes or the Red Bulls, but the Williams cars seem a little less competitive compared to the last race.
“We still have a lot of work to do tonight.”