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Spa, Saturday – Toto: “Our result in Q3 was a great team performance”

Spa, Saturday – Toto: “Our result in Q3 was a great team performance”

Lewis and Nico qualified in first and fourth positions respectively for tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit after an eventful wet-dry qualifying session.

Lewis took the team's eighth pole position in the past nine races and his fourth consecutive pole this afternoon.

Nico qualified fourth and was fastest of all until the dying moments of the qualifying session.

Four Mercedes-Benz powered cars qualified in the top six and it was the third Mercedes pole in five years at Spa. Weather forecasts currently predict similar mixed weather conditions for tomorrow afternoon's race.

“It was obviously a very tricky session for everybody this afternoon” said Ross, “and we were far from perfect but we did enough things right to get the job done. In the closing seconds of Q3, track position was critical and Lewis - running last on the road on the final lap - did a great job with the opportunity he had.

We were not sure how it would turn out as DRS had been disabled for that final lap, then we saw his time in the second sector and started to get excited. Nico didn't get the extra lap but he was fastest of all when his session ended and it's a fantastic team result to have two cars starting in the top four after such a mixed qualifying. We are expecting similar conditions tomorrow so we will have a good chance of success. But we will have to run a smart race and make the right decisions to do achieve it.”

Toto felt “that it was a very tough qualifying session and another one where it was easier to get things wrong than right. It was very close indeed for Lewis in Q2 when he made it through by just two-hundredths of a second and that showed how challenging the entire hour was in terms of tactics and strategy.

It was crucial to get on track at the right time and our result in Q3 was a great team performance. Both drivers produced special laps: Nico was top of the timesheets when he took the chequered flag and then Lewis delivered another of his magic laps, especially in the middle sector.

Our engineers have clearly found a good set-up for these mixed conditions and we are expecting more of the same kind of weather tomorrow.”

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