Once again George Russel has shown great pace in qualifying as he manages to get his car into Q2 and just 1 second off the pace of Max Verstappen who came P3 in the session.
One keeps on visualising on what he would be able to do in a competitive car. Not just a front runner's car but even in the likes of a top mid field team. They know that Spa is not a track that usually suits their setup but they are proud of their performance.
George is hoping for rain tomorrow as it will definitely mix the grid up. He is starting P15, staring at the rear of Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Charles Leclerc. It seems that there are never ending issues with the Ferrari's and being near the back of the pack. This may well see them in amongst some carnage on the first corner as they are not usually that far back, and will need to fend off those at the behind them who will be eager to make a name for themselves by passing the Italian based team.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: It was nice to be back in Q2 again this weekend and it is testament to all the hard work throughout the team that we were. The new parts that we brought here are working well, which bodes well for the future.
Nicholas was unfortunate with the brief yellow flag that cost him some time in his final lap of Q1, but otherwise it was a good session and both drivers enjoyed reasonably clear laps, which is never easy at this circuit.
It was a little surprising to be fighting with the two Ferraris, but it was nice to see us resume a proper battle with Haas and Alfa Romeo. Tomorrow is of course where it really counts but we have put ourselves in a good position with both cars to fight with Haas and Alfa Romeo. If we can also put some pressure on the Ferraris then we are set for a good race.
George Russell: I am thrilled, and it was probably the best qualifying of the year for us. On paper, our car does not suit this circuit because of the long straights, so we were not expecting to be close to Q2. We put a really good lap together and the car was feeling great. It was exhilarating driving around here with the car on the limit like that, so I am really pleased. We hope for rain tomorrow, as if it is wet it might mix things up a bit, so fingers crossed the heavens open.
Nicholas Latifi: I am quite frustrated as the potential was there to get into Q2. We got very unlucky getting caught out by the yellow flag with the Haas so I had to lift for that on my last attempt. My lap considering this issue would have been good enough. However, the car was feeling great and we made some good changes overnight and everything was there to get into Q2. For sure in the race we will be looking to fight and challenge the other cars.