Lewis secured his first pole position for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS at the Shanghai International Circuit today. Team-mate Nico qualified in fourth place and will start from the second row of the grid.
Both drivers completed just one run on the soft compound option tyre in each of three qualifying sessions. Lewis finished top of the timesheets in every session and secured pole by just over two and a half tenths. Nico qualified in fourth place, despite losing time in P3 this morning with a hydraulics problem
For Ross, it was a “great qualifying session for us today and all credit to Lewis, Nico and the team for a strong performance. It's a nice reward for all the hard work both here at the track and back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth over the winter and in the last few weeks as we continue to develop the car.
However there are no points gained on a Saturday as they say and there is a tough job ahead of us tomorrow to convert our qualifying positions. It's going to be a fascinating race from a strategy and tyre perspective so we will wait and see how it plays out.
Congratulations to Lewis today on his first pole position in a Silver Arrow, and to Nico for achieving fourth place and the second row despite losing his qualifying simulation this morning.”
“Congratulations to Lewis and Nico” said Toto after qualifying. “We're really happy about our pole position today at the Chinese Grand Prix, which the team achieved for the second year in a row. Lewis's performance was excellent and Nico also did a great job to qualify in fourth place following a hydraulic problem which prevented him from completing his qualifying run in practice this morning. Today's results are a nice reward for everybody at the team who have worked so hard during the winter to develop the F1 W04 into a competitive car.
However we will not get ahead of ourselves with this result as we expect an interesting race which will be decided by the different tyre strategies. A few competitors have chosen to qualify on prime tyres to run a longer first stint instead of the options which we and most of the runners used in Q3.”