Rain was forecast and sure enough, rain it was. In fact, the late afternoon downpour here in Malaysia arrived rather like those “helpful” motorway signs that tell you everything, but tell you nothing. Because our information was that the rain, which fell heavily at the start of qualifying, was due to diminish in strength, thus allowing our drivers to go out on a much improved track. It was not to be and when we realised what was going on, it was much too late to grab a pass into Q2.
We got it wrong and were the first to get upset about it, given that the morning’s free practice session had been promising and we were ready to make our mark in qualifying. Now, we’re left with regret about what might have been, but when all is said and done, you only do your sums after Sunday’s race. The important thing now is not to lose heart and look to the race in a calm manner, when It’s quite likely that the track could yet again be drenched.
As we saw in Australia, anything can happen. The key is to focus, not to make any slip ups and let Fernando and Felipe get on with their job, even though they too share the disappointment of this mistake, which involved the whole team.
How will things go tomorrow? Best not make any predictions.