“We've had a wet race at Fuji and many other wet races,” he reasoned. “The visibility wasn't so bad – it was just a shame that everyone was complaining! This is motor racing and I love racing – I thought it was safe enough, and I just wanted to go! Seventeen laps behind the safety car is not great for the spectators, and it's not fun for us. I felt that it had dried up easily enough for us to start racing, but finally they started it and I'm glad they did.
“Today's race was an incredibly challenging one for all the drivers – they had to battle variable grip and
poor light – and as such it was easy for them to make mistakes,” added McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. “That being the case, the fact that neither of our drivers made any truly significant errors all afternoon is a telling testimony to their supreme ability.
“It's almost always the case that, after a race as difficult and as eventful as today's was, all drivers tend to look back on the odd key moment and wish they'd played it ever-so-slightly differently. Nonetheless, Lewis' second place was the result of a typically combative drive, and the 18 world championship points it netted him have lifted him to well within striking range of the drivers' world championship lead with just two grands prix to go.
“Going forward, we remain in contention for both the constructors' world championship and the drivers' world championship, and we'll continue to push as hard as we can throughout the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, and until the last metre of the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix too, in our efforts to emerge victorious in both title chases.”