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+Nico Rosberg: Grid P01
"We had a difficult weekend until Qualifying. Especially, this morning we were thinking that we were off the pace a bit. So I was really happy to grab pole today. The Red Bulls were quickest on the long runs on Friday, so we need to be at our best to beat them. The tyres are a big challenge in the heat here this weekend. The degradation is very high. My disadvantage at the start is that I have a harder tyre with lower grip, so Max should get off the line quicker on the SuperSoft. I reckon that, with some luck and a maybe a Safety Car, Lewis can climb up to the top very quickly, so he can’t be ruled out either. In any case, I’m pleased with my qualifying and looking forward to tomorrow. It will be an exciting and intense race."

+Lewis Hamilton: Grid P22
"Firstly, the team have done an incredible job – the guys and girls back at Brixworth building the engines and then everyone here who’ve been kitting and fitting them – so a huge thank you to them. To bring a new engine here, take it out after FP1, put another new one in for FP2, then do the same again before FP3 was just an unbelievable job. I have a massive 55 place grid penalty today – but I also now have three new engines in the pool for the season, which is positive. In terms of today, it was definitely a weird qualifying session for me. There was no point in showing my pace. It was all about race preparation. The key for me is making sure I come out of tomorrow having lost the fewest points possible – and that meant having as many fresh sets of tyres available as possible and making sure the car was set up well. I can’t say right now what the plan is – the team will know already what’s best and we’ll discuss that later. We’re not easily the quickest here. We’re all going to have massive degradation and looking after the tyres will be a struggle for everyone. It’s going to be far from an easy, breezy day but where I can just pick people off. There will be lots of pit stops and who knows what else. I’m going to have to battle my way through the traffic – but I’ll give it my best as always and see where I end up."
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+Paul Wilkinson well in honesty, I can pretty categorically say that 1st will be his aim. 😄
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Somewhere over that beautiful hill...
Today's pole sitter awaits...
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Let me show you...
The dance of my people 💃
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Here's hoping #Lewis #Hammertime can pull off a magical drive on Sunday👍 #BelgianGP 🏁 #teamMercedes
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So, what's the word from the pit wall after Friday at the #F1   #BelgianGP ?

"We've seen unusually warm conditions at Spa today. Track temperatures exceeded 40 degrees this afternoon, which is almost unheard of! We managed to complete a full programme as planned - including fitting two new engines for +Lewis Hamilton, which will consign him to the back of the grid after penalties have been applied. On track, it was a rather complicated day in terms of relative run plans. We've seen more variety in tyre selections than ever before here, with the prototype tyre also thrown into the mix. The time sheets are difficult to interpret, with each team running different compounds at different times. From the data points we have, it seems to be very close between ourselves, +Red Bull, +Ferrari and +Sahara Force India F1 Team on both single lap and long run pace. Clearly, our focus with Lewis today has been on race pace given that he will start from the back of the grid come what may. With +Nico Rosberg, it has been a balance of qualifying and race pace. Degradation has been a big issue on all three compounds - particularly on the rear tyres. We have a lot of work to do tonight if we are to get Nico on pole with a clear shot at the win and also make the best of Lewis starting from the back."

- Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
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Spa, 2016 F1 Grand Prix. The grid contrast, Mercedes frontrunner and end of the pack.
The Bulls are eager, restless - terse.
Nico, Max, Daniel and Vettal...
Hamilton, amazing!!
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"You sometimes have difficult moments in life that go down to your core - and it is there that you find your strength again to climb back out of that hole that you might be in"

Great chat with +Lewis Hamilton via #F1 .com! -> http://f1.mb4.me/aj5SdErV
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The Iconic Spa-Francorchamps... from the air! Check it out!
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POLE for +Nico Rosberg!!!! He's smashed in Spa!!!! Get in there!!!!

And as for +Lewis Hamilton? Well, if anyone can turn a P22 grid slot into a result.. it's that man!

You don't want to miss the 2016 F1 Belgian Grand Prix folks!
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Grow up Jacob
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How about that for a view? 😍🇧🇪🏁
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wwwwaaooo it's amazing
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Rise and Shine!
It's #F1  Time!
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Iam off to sleep, just got back in from work but I'll be up and ready for Qualifying 😋
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+Nico Rosberg: P1 FP1, P6 FP2
“The team have done a great job on the halo. It doesn’t disturb me when driving. I could go fast straight away and even set the best time of the session with it this morning, so I think that was a success. After that, car-wise we seem to be quick. The grid is a bit all over the place this afternoon with people doing different things with the tyres. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out in the race. Long run pace will be important, as you can overtake here. I don’t know how we’re looking yet – we’ll need to look into that. But there was a lot of tyre degradation, so managing that on Sunday will be important”

+Lewis Hamilton: P2 FP1, P13, FP2
“A straightforward day for me but a tough one for the guys in the garage with the engine change. Massive respect and a big thanks to them for all their hard work. It was actually quite tough to look after the tyres out there as the pressures are so high. But everyone is in the same position and it looks like we’re all experiencing the same thing. The important thing is that we got through our programme smoothly today and can start focusing on the rest of the weekend.”
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Get on.u wont win it.
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IT'S HERE!!!! The +Lewis Hamilton 2016 #F1  #BelgianGP special edition cap!!!! Grab yours here: http://f1.mb4.me/JtRoPYl4
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The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team competes in the FIA Formula One World Championship and is based at the team's Operations Centre in Brackley, UK. Home to over 600 employees, the team is owned by Daimler AG along with shareholders Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff. The engines for the team's Formula One cars are provided by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains based in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.

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