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Sergey Sirotkin: “When It’s Cloudy And Damp, We Always Perform Better.”

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Sergey Sirotkin - Brazilian Grand Prix - F1
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Sergey Sirotkin was happy with how qualifying at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace went as he lines up fourteenth for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Russian reached Q2 in his Williams Martini Racing, unlike team-mate Lance Stroll as he outqualified him once again this season.

Conditions in qualifying were very mixed and Sirotkin feels that helped the team as he praised how good the Williams felt.

“It was a good session with tricky conditions which is always good for us. When it’s cloudy and damp, we always perform better.

“The car felt very good, I had one run less than everyone else in Q1 and managed to get through which is positive for us.

Sirotkin was involved in an incident with Lewis Hamilton during the second part of qualifying in which he was pushed onto the grass by the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver.

Hamilton said Sirotkin was “disrespectful” for trying to pass but the Russian says that he was just trying to get temperature into the tyres.

“We went into Q2 thinking the rain would come, and when I exited the pits, due to the changeable conditions the scrubbed tyres were cold meaning I had to push hard to generate temperature.

“On my lap, I had to slow down to avoid Lewis, which in turn meant putting a wheel on the grass and ruining the lap.

“Overall, it was a good session and we are happy with the performance.”

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