Mercedes admits pole a "big relief" after Singapore

Mercedes' technical chief Paddy Lowe says the team's Japanese Grand Prix pole position was a "big relief" after its poor weekend in Singapore.

The German squad bounced back from its worst showing of the year at Marina Bay to secure a front row lock-out, with Nico Rosberg leading teammate Lewis Hamilton in today's qualifying.

And Lowe admitted it was great to erase the doubts after Singapore.

"It's a big relief, actually," said Lowe after qualifying.

"Although we've had a lot of performance all year, we had our dip in Singapore and you do wonder - is there something you can't get back, how much progress have Red Bull and Ferrari made?

"It was very possible that we'd come back here and find they were a lot closer to us, but we've done a good job today, great laps from the two drivers.

"I think we're in good position for the race tomorrow."

Team boss Toto Wolff echoed Lowe's thoughts, although he concedes today's performance was exactly what he expected.

"We are bouncing back from Singapore and I think, those gremlins, we left them behind," he said.

"It's a learning curve for us. We really need to get on top of the things we found out, but this is more what we expected - without wanting to sound arrogant."



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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news