• Abu Dhabi, Saturday: Norbert “We have again been mindful of our strategy today”

Nico and Michael qualified in seventh and eighth places this evening at the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Nico completed one run in Q1 on prime tyres, two runs on the same set of options in Q2, and one option run in Q3. Michael completed a prime and option run in Q1, two option runs in Q2, and one option run in Q3.

Nico and Michael both have one set of new options and two sets of new prime tyres available for the race tomorrow.

For Ross, “it was a reasonably straightforward qualifying session today with both drivers and the team doing a very good job. There was a little difference in straightline speed on Michael’s car which hampered his pace in relation to Nico so we need to have a look at that and understand why. Otherwise we are in good shape for the race and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Norbert felt the team did “the best possible job today. We have again been mindful of our strategy in order to save tyres for the race tomorrow, and we hope this approach will be to our benefit as has been the case in recent races.

We would like to take the opportunity of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to express the whole team's appreciation for our partner and co-owner Aabar which is, for our home race, also visible in increased branding on our cars. Today six Mercedes-powered cars made it into the top ten on the grid, the second time in the last five races.”