Wolff: Lewis could have won pole

At Zandvoort, both Mercedes athletes were in contention for pole position in qualifying until the yellow flags appeared in the final minutes. Finally, Lewis Hamilton recorded 4th time in qualifying and George Russell 6th.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff: “It’s a shame, but we couldn’t improve our lap times in the last minutes. Lewis was one-tenth ahead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc when Sergio Perez hit the accelerator too hard and lost control of the car, but I don’t blame him. You can lose your chance for pole due to yellow flags or lose a couple of hundredths after the first test – it always feels like you know what you should have done afterwards.

Our car is very fast this weekend, starting from the second row tomorrow any result is possible. Our car gets more and more downforce with lower ground clearance. “On some tracks you can’t lower it because the bottom will touch the ground, but at Zandvoort it was quite easy to find the optimum settings.”

Lewis Hamilton: “The last qualifying session was very good, I started the third sector with an advantage, but I saw the car in front of me was going in the opposite direction, so I took my foot off the accelerator. That lap was pretty good, at least for a third time, but now everything has to be postponed until tomorrow.

I’m happy that our car is quite competitive this weekend. I was only one tenth behind Red Bull in qualifying and I was hoping to make it back at the crucial moment, but it didn’t happen. I am quite satisfied with the tuning and balance of the car, I hope that due to less tire wear we will be able to overtake the rivals.”

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