Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff hailed the new generation of Grand Prix cars and is looking forward another tight race on Sunday.
„Nobody had it easy out there this afternoon and it was nice to see such a close fight for pole in the final laps,“ said Toto. „Lewis did a great job: it was tricky to put the sectors together today, and I'm not sure any driver had a perfect lap, but he did two times good enough for pole position in Q3 and really deserved it.
„As for Valtteri, I think he was probably lacking some miles after the engine change this morning; he had the pace but small mistakes on each lap meant he couldn't get on the front row. Even so, first and third are good starting positions, from the clean side of the grid.
„The race will be long and tough with the tyres; there will be lots of opportunities to take, so we need to stay alert and make the right decisions all the way though. We saw from the lap times this afternoon that this new generation of cars is blindingly fast and that gave the fans a great Formula One show today.“