Qualifying Press Conference – Singapore Grand Prix
Drivers (Left to Right) – Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel
Qualifying Press Conference – 2018 Singapore Grand Prix
Question: Well Lewis, it looked like we witnessed something pretty special out there tonight. Can you just talk us through it?
Lewis Hamilton: “I’ll tell you this track is epic. It’s so difficult this track. It is the most challenging circuit for us in the year. It’s Monaco on steroids really, being that it’s a lot longer, a lot more corners.”
“Yesterday was looking really good for us and then we came into today, we made some changes and we didn’t have a good session. Everyone was starting on the hypersofts and they were getting the experience and we were starting on the softs and there is a huge difference compared to the hyper.”
“Then I was a bit nervous going into qualifying because I didn’t think we had the pace, we were half a second behind these guys and I was thinking ‘there is no way I’m going to be able to find half a second’ and as we were going through the qualifying session again, it was a really challenge on the ultra.”
“Then we obviously got into that last session and it was just about pulling all the little bits you found through practice and trying to see if you could put it into a perfect puzzle and 99.9% of time it doesn’t go right, but that lap, honestly, I didn’t have a wheel spin, I didn’t have a snap anywhere.”
“The car was just underneath me and I managed to maximise on pretty much any corner. I can’t remember one where I thought I could do more. And it’s so physical here, so naturally after the session you’re shaking, your heart’s racing. The second lap I tried to obviously go that little bit more, just half a metre braking later, but it was just too much and the car wasn’t going to have it, so I really do feel I got absolutely everything possible on that first lap.”
“I was definitely nervous when I came in at the end because naturally you want to deliver each time you have an opportunity. But I’m just so grateful; the team have been working so hard.”
“I’m sure that everyone’s team is, but the guys have just been flat out trying to see if we can bring little bits here and there and we knew we would come to this and the Ferrrari’s particularly but also the Red Bulls would be hard to beat, so this is an incredible moment for us to be on pole here considering the circumstances.”
Question: Max, your second consecutive front row in Singapore. Given all of the technical issues you had coming into this session…
Max Verstappen: “Have – Still have!”
Question: (Continued) …talk us through, how satisfying is this P2?
Max Verstappen: “Totally unexpected. From FP3 onwards I was shaking with anger but now I’m just shaking with happiness.”
“FP3, so many problems. I mean I was going into false neutral; car was stopping on the track; while driving in my fast laps just bogging down, and qualifying was exactly the same story, so we had to detune the engine – lost a bit of time there – to try and make the driveability better but it still didn’t work like it should do.”
“So, when I was going into Q3 I felt the car was working really well. I didn’t really have anything to complain. So, when I saw second on the board I was actually quite surprised with the problems I had and then on my final run I tried to push a bit more and I was another two-tenths up and then I arrived to 16-17, and when I had to short-shift again, the engine just cut out, so I had to abort.”
“If it was going to be enough for pole, I’m not so sure – but at least it would have been closer than three-tenths.”
“I’m already surprised to be second with all the issues I’m having. The only thing I can say is that it was a great qualifying. I think the best I’ve ever done and the car was also working really well.”
“That definitely put us second today.”
Question: Sebastian, a frustrating session for you, can you just talk us through it, and also talk about your prospects in the race and how competitive you think the Ferrari will be on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel: “The race is a different story so I think by tomorrow things will look different but for sure not happy with how today went.”
“I think qualifying today wasn’t as smooth as it should have been, so yeah, I think other people obviously did better than us, and that’s why we are third.”
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