• India, Saturday - Ross: We need to finish the job with a strong race tomorrow

Nico and Lewis qualified in second and third places this afternoon for the Airtel Indian Grand Prix.

"That was as good a qualifying session as we could have hoped for. It built to a nice crescendo in Q3 and we made the right moves, managed things well and put in our best laps at just the right time having saved a new set of option tyres for the end of Q3," said Ross. "Obviously, we are committed to starting on the option tyre with both cars but we have them in good positions and can be pleased with that achievement this afternoon. It's been a pretty tough weekend getting the car set-up right so far and the engineers and drivers have together done a thoroughly good job. Now we need to finish that job with a strong race tomorrow."

Nico's second place is the 15th front row start for a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver out of 16 races so far this season.

"Second place with Nico and third with Lewis are satisfying positions after a pretty challenging weekend so far. It’s fair to say that we probably wouldn’t have been quite so high up the grid if everybody had run the option tyre in Q3, but equally we would not have been far off," said Toto. "The engineering team has done a good job to dial the car into the circuit, which continued to ramp up strongly during the qualifying session. The mix of strategies in the top ten will make for an interesting race tomorrow which could only unfold at the very end."

The Airtel Indian Grand Prix on Sunday is 60 laps in length, corresponding to a total race distance of 307.249 kilometres.