Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
That was a pretty perfect race today and a real team result. We have to analyse what happened at the start – the Williams got off the line like rockets and both our guys complained of poor grip. After that, we had to stay close to the Williams and wait for the strategy window to open; we knew we could go longer than them on the tyres, so we made an aggressive early stop with Lewis and that jumped him into the lead. The key thing was the quality of the stop – we gained nearly a second on Massa through the pit lane, and that opened up the race for Lewis. Nico had to battle his way through but when the rain came, he was the fastest man on track and passed both Williams on the circuit – then charged down on his team-mate. There was a lot of communication with the drivers around that time and we even had the team back in Brackley sending us weather reports from up the road - but, in the end, it came down to Lewis making a perfect call to box. He got the inters and then just controlled the race from there. Nico boxed a lap later, then drove it home to P2. I was really proud of the decision making on the pit-wall – it was calm, clever execution in difficult circumstances. A really awesome day so close to both our factories – and a fantastic way to say thank you to all the women and men who’ve worked countless days and nights to deliver this incredible power unit and racing car.