That was probably the toughest but the most proud race I’ve done. I’m thrilled. I’m sure Lando didn’t enjoy that one too much, but I did! We went into today knowing it would be a tough, long race and we knew tyre deg would be high. I think on paper, we went into this weekend expecting to be a little bit quicker than we were and four laps into the race, I knew it would be long, but we managed to keep everyone behind. We were on used Mediums and Hards, so we made it tough for ourselves; I wouldn’t want to do that race again, but I’m super happy with the result. Scoring points in two races in a row is delightful. It is impressive from where we were at the start of the year to now. I don’t think the next few races will be easy for us, so let’s enjoy these.
It was a tricky race in general. We tried to do the one-stop work after boxing early for the Hards, and I think it was just a bit too long on that stint considering the balance I had in the race, but, unfortunately, there was nothing we could do to get the car in the right window today. I struggled to keep hold of the Hard tyres and suffered quite a bit of oversteer. If we had the car in a better window, we could have held on until the end. Looking at the next races, we will keep working hard, try to put the car on the ground in a good window, and hopefully have a good pace.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance
We came to Monza thinking that we could score points on merit and we achieved that today. The hot conditions were not ideal for us, but we know this is an area we need to work on, and we are working hard to improve the situation. Both drivers were excellent, especially given the high tyre degradation and hot conditions. Alex was brilliant again and could frustrate the McLarens for almost the entire race. It was a shame he couldn’t stay within 5 seconds of Lewis at the end, but to lose only one position following a solid showing in Qualifying is an excellent result. Logan drove very well and could secure a points-scoring place for a time. In the end, Valtteri had too much pace and was able to overtake. Nonetheless, racing at low downforce on a hot track and with soft compounds is a valuable experience that he can build on, starting in Singapore in two weeks.
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