Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda believes no other driver on the Formula One grid could have replicated Lewis Hamilton’s final Q3 attempt which secured pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“The team really did a fantastic job to set the car up in the right way and Lewis with his lap here, I have never seen anything like it,” Lauda told Sky Sports. “It was not plain sailing at all, but I tell you, a lot of thinking, digging back to the factory, forward and whatsoever, and in the end the improvements they did, the engineers and all the mechanics did to the car today is outstanding. And then what Lewis did today, nobody else I think can do that.”
Lauda added: “He’s fantastic, especially I am now thinking about his lap time here. The difference he makes to everybody is only Lewis. So fantastic.”