Mercedes seemed to be on the backfoot throughout the weekend with everyone blaming absence from Young Drivers Test for lack of pace. But in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton put on a sensational lap in a transformed Mercedes to snatch pole position from Sebastian Vettel.
"I don't envisage tomorrow being a win for us. We've got a steep hill to climb with these tyres and if we did win it would be a miracle. I still feel the win is a while off." Hamilton said.
"It's really difficult to follow other cars here. It's a long way down to turn one but if you can get into turn one first and hold your position it's definitely advantageous. Looking after the tyres in these conditions is always trouble. These guys [Vettel and Grosjean] are going to be ridiculously fast so trying to keep ahead or hold onto them is going to be the challenge tomorrow."
Hamilton gave team the credit for giving him a car in which he could out qualify Sebastian Vettel despite the German's dominant pace in practice sessions.
"I was really surprised when I came across the line and they told me I had got pole, I expected Seb to get it because he showed some serious pace before," he said. "It didn't even feel like that great a lap so I was surprised.
"I thought maybe he made a mistake or something, but we've brought some upgrades this weekend and the guys have been working incredibly hard to try to catch everyone. They are doing a phenomenal job so it's a result of all the hard work they put in." he added.