With the start of the eighteen minute first period Hulkenberg would set a
1m:44.694 with Sergey now second. A 1m:43.929 from Ocon seeing the Williams
drivers now third and then fifth. Both Williams drivers were out nice and
early to help with the lack of running in the final practice session.
Ricciardo was now quickest with a 1m:43.259 but Vettel would go quicker with
a 1m:43.129. But Raikkonen would move ahead of both with a 1m:42.985. Ocon
was now second followed by Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hamilton, Bottas,
and Magnussen eighth. The Williams drivers were now 11th and 15th with five
and a half minutes remaining.
Raikkonen would set a 1m:42.538 while Hamilton would move into second,
followed by Vettel and Ocon. Verstappen was now second with a 1m:42.642. The
two Torro Rosso's would make contact ending their sessions. For Williams the
period would end with both cars making it through it Sergey 14th and Lance
15th. So for the first time this season we had Williams cars in the second
period of qualifying.
Now it was the second fifteen minute period with both Williams cars coming
out very early staying on the ultrasoft tyre. But there was a large number
of drivers coming out on the supersoft tyre looking to run a different
strategy. After the first runs it would be Bottas quickest with a 1m:42.679
running on the supersoft tyre. But Hamilton would go quicker with a
1m:42.676. Verstappen was third followed by Vettel, Ocon, Ricciardo,
Hulkenberg and Sergey now eighth. With just under five minutes remaining the
Williams drivers were currently eighth and 15th. Both Williams drivers were
on their second runs and they would see them finish in 11th and 12th. The
top ten would be Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Ocon, Vettel,
Hulkenberg, Perez, Sainz, and Ricciardo. Of the top ten the top five would
all set their quickest times on the supersoft tyre.
The final period would see Vettel quickest after the first runs with
Hamilton second followed by Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Ocon,
Perez, Hulkenberg and Sainz tenth. Vettel had set a 1m:41.498 to be ahead of
Hamilton by 0.3. All the top ten drivers would pit returning on new
ultrasoft tyres. But Vettel would remain quickest despite the efforts of
both Mercedes drivers and Raikkonen. Ricciardo was now fourth followed by
Verstappen, Raikkonen, Ocon, Perez, Hulkenberg and Sainz remaining tenth. So
it was Vettel taking pole position while for Williams their drivers would
finish in 11th and 12th. A great result from the Williams team with both
Lance and Sergey having the option to run different tyres for the start of
Sunday's race. For Sunday's race Lance and Sergey will start the race from
tenth and eleventh as a result of Hulkenberg receiving a five place grid
penalty for a gearbox change.
Lance would be first out in Q1 running on the ultrasoft tyre. Lance would
set a 1m:45.195 to be fourth dropping to fifth. Quickly Lance would drop to
15th and he would pit. Lance would also return for another run on new
ultrasoft tyres, currently 17th. Lance was on an improved lap and would set
a 1m:44.824 remaining 17th. Lance was able to set an improved time with a
1m:44.359 and move into 15th. Lance was now in the second period and would
come out for his first run on new ultrasoft tyres. But Lance would go down
an escape road and would decide to pit as a result. But he would quickly
return on a new set of ultrasoft tyres for a second run. But for lance his
second run would see him set a 1m;43.737 to be seventh. But Lance would drop
to tenth then 11th despite having set an improved 1m:43.585.
Sergey's car would be repaired for the session with Sergey coming out behind
his team-mate, also on the ultrasoft tyre. He would set a 1m:45.138 to move
into second. But as others set their times he would drop down to 11th having
improved with a 1m:44.261. Sergey would continue to improve with a
1m:44.261. Sergey had used his radio to thank his mechanics. Sergey would
also pit after a five lap run. Sergey would return with a new set of
ultrasoft tyres, currently 12th. He would drop to 14th as the period came to
an end. He would remain in this position making it into the second period.
On his first run in the second period Sergey would set a 1m:44.026 to be
third dropping to seventh. Sergey would also pit after his first run. He
would also come back out for a second run. Sergey would improve in the first
two sectors but failed in the third remaining eighth. With his team-mate
going faster Sergey would drop to ninth then 12th despite having improved
with a 1m:43.886.