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Barcelona, Saturday – Toto: “Tomorrow will show us what progress we have made on improving this situation and our pace in the race”

Barcelona, Saturday – Toto: “Tomorrow will show us what progress we have made on improving this situation and our pace in the race”

Nico and Lewis locked out the front row of the grid in Barcelona today for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS.

Nico scored his second consecutive pole position and the team's third in a row at the Circuit de Catalunya this afternoon. With Lewis in second, both Mercedes will start from the front row for the first time since the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.

Both drivers used three sets of option tyres during qualifying and saved four fresh sets of the prime compound for the race

“A great job by the team and both of our drivers today” said Ross. “I believe we have the strongest driver pairing in Formula One this year and they demonstrated it today. However, we know that it's tomorrow afternoon that counts and we have worked diligently this weekend to find the right solutions to improve our performance and consistency in race conditions.

I don't think we will be the strongest team in the race but we are starting from the best possible position. Now we need to get through the first stint, which will certainly be interesting on the option tyre, and then see how our race develops.”

For Toto, “it was a nice surprise for us to see both cars at the top of the times this afternoon but we know that Sunday afternoon is a more complicated challenge for us. We have worked all weekend with the race in mind but it is clear that we are harder on the tyres than some of our rivals. Tomorrow will show us what progress we have made on improving this situation and our pace in the race.”

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