"Qualifying did not go perfectly for me at the end, it didn't help that my brake balance adjuster got stuck, so I couldn't change it around the lap," he explained. "That cost me a little, but the pole wasn't possible today."
Even so, he was happy with how the car had performed on Saturday: "Our speed was a bit of a surprise today as the car set-up work was focused on good race pace this weekend," he said. "But it worked quite well in the hot temperatures. It's great for the team to be starting from fourth and pole position, I hope we can have a good start even though I'm on the dirtier side of the grid."
Team principal Ross Brawn was thrilled - and himself looked slightly stunned - by the success of his drivers.
"Lewis put in an exceptional lap at the end of qualifying, it was a really impressive performance," he said. "Nico did a good job too, all the more so considering he had a small car problem halfway through the lap. And the great thing about our driver pairing is how they consistently push each other to new heights!"
Whether the two can work together at the start of the race on Sunday afternoon to carry through their qualifying success into race performance remains to be seen, however.