With the weather conditions seeing light rain falling the track conditions
were uncertain. It was looking like some drivers would use intermediate
tyres but others also were out on the super soft tyre for the eighteen
minute period. Verstappen would say to his engineer that it was definitely a
track for intermediate tyres. Vettel would support this. Ricciardo would set
a 1m:42.966 with Hulkenberg second and Verstappen third. Drivers were trying
to find the quickest lines as Hamilton went third. Ricciardo would stop at
the side of the track with a engine problem. Ricciardo would say: "I've got
a problem... could be the turbo." This will see him at the back of the grid.
The period would be red flagged with Ricciardo still fastest followed by
Hulkenberg, Hamilton, Verstappen, Vettel, Sainz, Bottas, Grosjean, Vandoorne
With ten minutes remaining the session would restart. With a large number of
penalties to take due to engine changes Alonso would remain in his pit.
Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:40.056 followed by Hamilton and Perez.
Four minutes remaining and the rain had eased with Grosjean up to fourth.
Raikkonen was now second but Verstappen would go quickest with a 1m:38.912.
Hamilton was now second and Bottas third. It was changing rapidly as Ocon
pitted and came out on the super soft tyre. Hulkenberg was now third as Ocon
moved up to fifth on the dry tyre. Alonso was also able to come in and take
on super soft tyres and he would use them to set the quickest time with a
1m:37.598. The Williams drivers would finish the period in thirteenth and
sixteenth, seeing one Williams out of qualifying.
With the start of the second fifteen minute period drivers would start to
use the dry tyres with the majority on the super soft tyre. Bottas was on
the soft tyre with it looking like Mercedes was going to see Bottas start
the race on this tyre. Raikkonen was to be quickest with a 1m:32.171
followed by Vettel, Alonso, and Grosjean after their first runs. Hamilton
would go quickest with a 1m:31.145 but Hulkenberg would go quicker with a
1m:31.085 as the times continued to fall. Bottas was third followed by
Perez, Grosjean and Ocon. Verstappen would move up to second behind Bottas.
Bottas had set a 1m:29.687.
With seven minutes remaining and Vettel was second but Hamilton would go
quickest with a 1m:29.097 followed by Bottas and Vettel. At the front Vettel
was now quickest followed by Raikkonen and Hamilton now third. Verstappen
was fourth followed by Bottas, Hulkenberg and Vandoorne. Hamilton would
again improve with a 1m:27.893 with Bottas second. For Williams Felipe would
finish in fifteenth seeing both Williams cars out of qualifying. Felipe
would finish one place ahead of team-mate Lance. Again the Williams team
will see both their cars start from close to the rear of the grid, not the
way the Williams team would look to start their home race.
The final period would see Hamilton go quickest with a 1m:27.231 followed by
Bottas. Vettel would move up to second and Raikkonen fourth. Verstappen
would jump up to fifth followed by Hulkenberg, Perez, and Ocon. Everyone
would pit after their first runs while Grosjean had complained that he had
been blocked by Hamilton and it would be under investigation. After their
second runs Hamilton would go even quicker with a 1m:26.600 with Raikkonen
now second and Bottas third. Vettel would move up to third seeing Bottas
fourth. Bottas would now start from ninth due to his gearbox penalty. Fifth
was Verstappen followed by Hulkenberg, Perez, Ocon, Vandoorne, and Grosjean
tenth. With the penalties of others drivers Felipe and Lance will start the
race in fourteenth and fifteenth, but this is awaiting the investigation of
Felipe would be first out for Williams running on super soft tyres. Felipe
would put after a single lap switching to intermediates. Felipe would set a
1m:44.889 to be eleventh. Felipe would take to the track early with the
restart of the session. Felipe had dropped to thirteenth but a lap of
1m:43.163 would see him jump to fourth. This would become sixth as others
also improved. A 1m:42.579 from Felipe but he would remain sixth behind
Bottas. Felipe would drop to tenth but would find time with a 1m:41.874 to
be seventh. Quickly he would drop to thirteenth with the end of the period.
Felipe would come out on the super soft tyre for his second period run.
Felipe would set a 1m:34.143 to only be thirteenth. Felipe had pitted taking
on a news et of super soft tyres. Felipe was on a quicker lap and would set
a 1m:31.664 but would remain down the times in fourteenth. He would drop to
fifteen his qualifying over.
Lance would also come out on the super soft tyre but he would also pit after
a single lap switching to the intermediate tyre. Lance had set a 1m:46.783
to be sixteenth. Lance would also get out early looking to improve his time.
Lance would set a 1m:44.226 to be fifteenth in what is a difficult session
given his limited wet weather running. This would become sixteenth but Lance
would also improve with a 1m:42.573 to move up to twelfth. He would also
drop down the order been sixteenth as the period ended. This would see him
out of qualifying but it was a difficult one for Lance given the changing
conditions and his limited experience.