Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has described Saturday’s qualifying as a ‘crazy session’.
After Lewis Hamilton qualified in P1, Wolff said: “What a crazy session! We expected to be stronger today, we have a quick car and it looked like those quick corners would suit us, but like so many times this season, you’re constantly surprised.
“Austin should have been our track and wasn’t, and then suddenly in Brazil we were performing really well, so you just never know.
“It was important today that we kept attacking and attacking, and we’ve ended up with a front row lockout which is a big advantage for tomorrow.
“There is a brutal energy running through the whole Team.
“We just look forward and keep pushing, and pushing, and when you go in the debrief room or in the garage, you don’t need to talk because you can feel the energy and how buzzed everyone is.”