Lewis Hamilton believes it’s going to be hard for Mercedes to convert their one-two result in qualifying into a similar result in the race.
Mercedes have started the last two races from pole position but have not gone on to win as they’ve struggled with tyre degradation.
“Limiting the degradation is going to be my major challenge as the general pace isn’t too bad,” said Hamilton. “It’s going to be tough to keep these positions tomorrow but we’ll give it our best shot.”
“I’ve not been totally happy with the balance of my car all weekend, even today, so we need to look at it this evening and see what we can do for the race,” he added.
Nico Rosberg starts from pole position as he did in Bahrain, where he slipped to ninth place by the end. “We know that this is only half of the job completed and have the painful memory of what happened in Bahrain to prove that,” he said.
“We’ve worked very hard on our race pace but this track is tough for the tyres, particularly with graining.”
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