Wolff: Our drivers can race each other hard and flat-out

The only real source of entertainment we are likely to have in the battle for victory, at the 2020 Emiglia Romagna Grand Prix, is if Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas go at each other hammer and tongs at the fabled Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari aka Imola.

Valtteri needs something drastic to happen to Lewis for to claim this year’s crown, other than that it simply won’t happen. The Finn did part of the job on Saturday, claiming pole position by a tenth of a second over his Mercedes teammate but the hardest bit will be on Sunday afternoon.

Lewis is hunting victory 93 after usurping Michael Schumacher as the winningest driver in F1 history last time out, while title seven is looming large. Unless, of course, his teammate can have a last say in the five remaining races.

Needless to say, after the tenth front-row lock-out by his lads, team boss Toto Wolff was chuffed, “That was a great qualifying session, once again coming down to the final lap of the final run.

“Last weekend in Portugal, Valtteri looked to have the upper hand through qualifying, then Lewis took the pole right at the end by a tenth; this time, Valtteri turned the tables and was able to claim pole.

“We’ve seen them both very close in qualifying at the last races, with the advantage swinging back and forth, and that’s exactly how it should be. For tomorrow, we decided to start on the Medium compound because the Soft didn’t look great on the long runs in practice.

Wolff then set the rules of engagement ahead of the race, “The only thing we’ll be telling the drivers is to go flat out and race each other hard – everything else they know and we’re looking forward to see how it plays out.”

Such has been the dominance of the black cars this year, tomorrow afternoon Mercedes are almost certain to wrap up their seventh F1 constructors’ titles in as many years, with four races still to run out of 17.