• Montreal, Saturday – Ross: “The team managed the unusual situation well today”

Lewis and Nico qualified in second and fourth positions today ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis will start in second place for the third consecutive race, giving him his fourth front row start in the past five races.

Nico suffered radio communication problems in the session but was still able to secure P4, half a second off the pole time. Both drivers ran intermediate tyres throughout, each using the four new sets that were available to them.

“It was an unusual qualifying session this afternoon” said Ross on Saturday, “with both drivers staying on the intermediate tyres throughout. The team managed the situation well, getting the cars out on track at the right time, and we saw how difficult that was to achieve today.

Both drivers did a fantastic job: Lewis secured his third consecutive front-row starting position while Nico finished P4 in spite of a radio problem that made communication difficult when he was out on track. As we often see in conditions like this, there are some cars out of position compared to where they would be in the dry, and that should make for a very exciting race.”

For Toto, “it was a tough qualifying for everybody and these are conditions where it is a lot easier to get things wrong than right. That means we're very happy to have both cars on the front two rows, starting second and fourth tomorrow. The race will be a step into the unknown because the forecast says it should be dry and warmer than it has been so far this weekend. That will keep everybody on their toes and should make for a fun afternoon.”