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Melbourne, Qualifying – Ross: “Lewis and Nico both did an excellent job”

Melbourne, Qualifying – Ross: “Lewis and Nico both did an excellent job”

Lewis and Nico qualified in third and sixth places during the delayed Qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park this morning.

Nico topped both Q1 on Saturday afternoon and Q2 this morning, with both fastest times set on intermediate tyres. In Q3, the drivers completed a 'banker' lap on intermediates before switching the super soft compound. Lewis and Nico both set their fastest times on their second timed laps in Q3 on the drying circuit.

Like Ross explains, “the first objective in a qualifying session like that is to be on the right tyre at the right time and the team ran the session as we would hope to. Lewis and Nico both did an excellent job and didn't miss any of the opportunities that came their way.

The car seems to be handling well and we will have to see how that develops in the race. Overall, a reasonable start with a busy few hours ahead of us to prepare for the race.”

For Toto, “drying conditions provide more opportunities to do things wrong than right, so we have to compliment the team on the pit wall and in the garage that our session ran so smoothly this morning. To be starting the opening race from third and sixth positions is a first indication that the team has made a step from last year. But the race will provide us with a fuller picture of where we stand right now.”

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