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Mercedes’ James Allison: “This weekend has not been easy at any stage”

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James Allison - Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport - Chief Technical Director
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James Allison has said that Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s weekend has not been easy, with them constantly battling against the elements.

The team managed to conquer these difficulties, with their two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, locking out the front row of the grid for the start of the race.

“This weekend has not been easy at any stage, and this afternoon our entire team really earned their money, from the tyre handlers, to the pit stop crew, the race engineers, strategies and, above all, our two drivers.”, said Allison, Chief Technical Director with the team.

“It was a very difficult session, with lighting flashing all around us and changing levels of water not just from run to run, or session to session, but often during the laps themselves.  

“We somehow contrived to always be on track with the right tyre, and when it came down to the final shootout, with one shot at getting it done, two brilliant laps from Lewis and Valtteri put us on the front row.

“We don’t expect tomorrow to be any easier, but we can be very grateful that we didn’t stumble when tested this afternoon.” Allison added.

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