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Silverstone, Saturday – Ross: “The engineers and drivers got the cars into the perfect place for qualifying”

Silverstone, Saturday – Ross: “The engineers and drivers got the cars into the perfect place for qualifying”

Lewis took pole position for the British Grand Prix with a stunning lap at Silverstone this afternoon. Lewis achieved the team's fifth pole position in six races and the 28th pole of his career today.

Nico's second place secured the team's third front-row lockout in the past four races

Both drivers used three sets of option tyres in qualifying, saving new hard tyres for tomorrow's race.

For Ross, “the team has worked incredibly well over the past few months to achieve a result like today's. We have been chipping away at the performance, quietly bringing new updates and continuing to push, while also focusing our efforts on how we could improve our tyre management issues, and it seems to be paying off.

The engineers and drivers got the cars into the perfect place for qualifying and, as the wind dropped towards the end of the session, both Lewis and Nico were able to deliver strong performances.

Lewis put in a stunning lap at the end of the session and it's great to see him and Nico pushing each other so hard in every session. It will be more of a challenge to remain as competitive in the race but we gathered good information yesterday and hope to be able to build on that tomorrow.”

“A fantastic result for the entire team to take our third front row lockout this year” said Toto after qualifying. “Fair, sporting competition is what Mercedes stands for and, while a lot has been said and written this weekend, the only thing that really matters is what happens out on track.

The focus this afternoon should be on our drivers, Lewis and Nico, and on this fantastic team who have pushed so hard to keep developing the car in tough times and solve our problems.

Lewis put in a mega lap: I don't know if it's the Silverstone factor or something else, but that was an incredible performance. Nico has been strong all weekend and second position gives us a great platform for the race tomorrow. Tomorrow should be warmer and we have struggled with race pace at some circuits so far this year. But the trend is going in the right direction, and I hope we can continue that tomorrow.”

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