Hiroshi Yasukawa -Director of Bridgestone Motorsport: "I am honoured to receive the special prize for Bridgestone Motorsport's contributions and achievements in motorsport from the Organizing Committee of the Confartigianato Motor Prize. This was a proud moment for me at Bridgestone's final Grand Prix in Europe. Congratulations to Fernando for pole position here, a Ferrari on the front row in Monza is always very emotional."
Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development: "Today we saw an exciting qualifying battle and the Italian fans must be very happy with a Ferrari pole position thanks to a great lap by Fernando. Although we saw drivers' fastest laps set on the soft compound the lap time difference between the two compounds here is not very big. This leaves good strategy options for tomorrow's race and there is also good interest with different car set-ups on the grid. Even though we have seen high track and ambient temperatures, both of our allocated compounds look to offer strong performance over a stint duration. In terms of strategy, I predict first stops around lap 14, however even those in the top ten who will start on used option tyres could go much further than this without significant performance drop off should they choose to do so."