The team delivered its best result of the season under the lights at Singapore, as both Lance and Sebastian finished inside the top eight in very tricky track conditions at Marina Bay.
It feels so good to pick up sixth place tonight, which is my best result of the season.
"It feels so good to pick up sixth place tonight, which is my best result of the season. It was also a good day for Seb, so we have come away with a big bunch of points.
"That is great for everybody in the team who is working so hard. It was a tricky race: the track surface was very slippery for the whole race, and it was not easy to stay out of trouble.
"It took a very long time to dry, just as it did yesterday. It was just a case of waiting for the areas with the new asphalt to dry out before the switch to slicks, which we timed really well.
"We have moved up in the teams' championship, which is important and a nice boost as we enter the final part of the season."
I had a very strong start to the race and the first lap was great fun.
"I think we can be happy with a strong result for the team and scoring important points. It was not easy with some very difficult track conditions.
"The asphalt took a long time to dry and timing the switch to dry tyres was critical. Maybe we went a lap too early, but overall I am happy with the result.
"I had a very strong start to the race and the first lap was great fun. I was not very patient and I pushed really hard, and gained a few places.
"After that, I concentrated on looking after my Intermediate tyres because we knew that the track would take a long time to dry and they needed to last.
"I had a big battle with Lewis [Hamilton] and Max [Verstappen] in the closing laps. I was defending for many laps and it was a shame that Max got ahead of us on the final lap."
This is a welcome reward for the steady progress we have been making recently.
"Lance drove fast yet patiently to sixth place, scoring an excellent eight World Championship points for us; Sebastian, finishing eighth, added four more, pipped for seventh on the final lap by a hard-charging [Max] Verstappen.
"On a very slippery track surface, both our drivers handled an extremely tricky task superbly. As a result, we have climbed a couple of places in the Constructors' World Championship, which is a welcome reward for the steady progress we have been making recently.
"As ever, Formula One is a team effort, and in particular I want to pay tribute to our mechanics, who have worked long and hard in very humid conditions over the past few days, and executed our pitstops brilliantly this evening. I also want to thank the team back home at Silverstone, who also did a fantastic job.
"From here we go to Suzuka, a very different kind of circuit, and we hope to maintain our forward momentum there."
Your guide to Singapore
Insight and Speed
Every race here has featured at least one Safety Car, including 10 in the last five races – they are certainly a key consideration when it comes to determining strategy. The high pit-loss time – in part due to a 60km/h pitlane speed limit – can make pitting under a Safety Car or VSC highly beneficial.
Despite there being three DRS zones, this remains one of the toughest circuits to overtake on – just 44 per cent of passes are made with the system. Moves tend to be made at the start or on Safety Car restarts, with Turn Seven being the optimal place to make a move. Turns One and Five are also key spots.
The bumpy, dusty nature of the circuit, mixed with its many corners, means that tyre degradation is very high. Despite that, this is usually a one-stop race due to the difficulty in passing and the high pit-loss time. Sometimes, this race even hits the two-hour time-limit before the lap counter elapses.
Unlocking the Lap
Turn Five is the first critical part of the lap – it's the corner that precedes the lengthy run down to Turn Seven. Picking out a braking point can be tough, as the wall comes up on the left very quickly. Spotting the apex and the exit is tricky, but it's a vital spot for setting up an overtake along the next straight.
The run over the Anderson Bridge into Turn 13 may prove to be more challenging than ever with the 2022 generation of cars. The approach to it requires braking while turning – preventing a lock-up on this downhill section is a challenge at the best of times. Getting this corner right is important, as another lengthy straight follows.
Turn 18 is one of the most unique corners on the F1 calendar as the exit goes underneath part of a grandstand. It is also a deceptively tight corner with a wall on the inside. It starts a demanding sequence of corners where the tyres will likely be well past their best by this point in qualifying. Getting just one of these wrong can ruin what was set to be a great lap.
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