Sebastian, four poles out of a four this season. That is testament to your competitiveness this season?
First of all apologies to the team and to the mechanics. I damaged the car pretty much yesterday so we couldn't run at all. We missed the session in the afternoon but they fixed it for today. I think they did a very good job. We have been there since this morning so I am very happy with the result. We had not a really trouble free
morning but all in all we still had a bit to catch up. I like the track so that helps and it was nice to see that without that many laps I was able to come back and find the rhythm so all in all very happy today. It was a bit funny as both Mark and myself we decided in the last bit of qualifying in Q3 to skip the second run and it is very strange the feeling that the others are on the track and you know that they can beat you but you can just watch. There is nothing you can do. Obviously it is good to save a set of tyres for tomorrow but it is an odd feeling – but very happy obviously.
Mark, talk us through the thinking about that from the team side. You want to save a set of tyres but you must have been quite tempted to go out and do another run?
Yeah, particularly for me it was a little bit more interesting. I would have liked to have a couple more tenths to have the margin. Obviously Seb did a good lap for pole but my lap wasn't too bad. We spoke about it before qualifying that tomorrow is going to be a pretty long race and every lap you can try and get back today might help you
tomorrow. Turns out we were in the best grid positions we could get. Obviously other way round here and there but generally the team did a great job so now we are in the best shape we can be in terms of grid positions and in terms of tyres. You cannot get through with any less tyres than that unless you are running scrubbed tyres all day but you are not going to qualify anywhere, so good decision from the team. A little bit of luck, of course, but in the end I was happy with today. Seb did a good lap and I am looking forward to tomorrow's race.
Nico, first time in the top three this season. Mercedes seem to have really bounced back in competitiveness terms. What is the secret to this bounce back do you think?
It is really great to see. I am very happy for all of us. I think we have just done really well to come back from the difficult start all the way to where we are now. We are getting ever closer to where we want to be and that is really nice. Today was a good day again. I got everything right and I think it worked well with set up and everything.
Qualifying generally went very well and I even saved one set of options for tomorrow, which is very positive also for the race.
Sebastian, the race tomorrow. Do you expect something like what we saw in China in terms of race strategies, overtaking and spectacle?