Following an encouraging day of Friday running, Mercedes will be pleased to have taken a step toward the front runners today.
George Russell qualified in an exceptional P4, ahead of a Red Bull, the best qualifying position of the season for the Silver Arrows.
Whilst Lewis Hamilton's P6 was less impressive, seeing both Mercedes in the top 6 will be encouraging for the team. Saudi Arabia and Miami are examples of Mercedes struggling to get both drivers in a good operating window for qualifying, further cementing the significance of today's result.
However, despite Russell's strong qualifying, the Briton believes there is still more potential to be unlocked:
"It wasn't actually our most perfect qualifying session. We didn't get the tyres in the right window, I felt there was a lot of lap time on the table".
Looking ahead to the Spanish GP, Mercedes showed reasonable speed in free practice. Mercedes lack the speed to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari based on Friday's times, but they seem more than capable of fighting with the leaders tomorrow.
However, the importance of qualifying goes far beyond the championship this year. Today provides hope that the radical Mercedes design has long-term potential, in terms of development for this year and beyond.
The regulations will not change significantly over the next few years, and so it is important for Mercedes to have faith in the long-term promise of their project.