For the Williams Martini team the big question was whether they could lift
themselves from the last row of the grid after been slowest in the final
practice session. Both Williams cars were out very early in the opening 18
minute period with both using the ultrasoft tyre and would be first and
second briefly. The Ferrari's were on the supersoft tyre while it would be
Hamilton who would go quickest with a 1m:04.294 followed now by Vettel,
Bottas, and Raikkonen. Leclerc was now fifth followed by Gasly and Perez.
After short runs both Williams drivers would pit as Bottas went quickest
with a 1m:04.175. Grosjean and Magnussen were fifth and sixth.
The Williams drivers had dropped to 17th and 18th and weer out of qualifying
unless they could improve. Hamilton was again quickest with a 1m:04.080
while Verstappen went fourth. Both Williams drivers would return for their
second runs. They would be 14th and 17th after their runs with Sergey ahead
of his team-mate. Grosjean was now sixth followed by Ricciardo, Magnussen,
Leclerc and Hulkenberg tenth. Grosjean was now in fourth while team-mate
Magnussen was seventh. For Williams one driver was able to make it into Q2
while the other would finish in 18th.
With a Williams in the second fifteen minute period cars would start to come
out with both Mercedes cars on the supersoft tyre. Bottas would go quickest
with a 1m:03.756 but Hamilton would go quicker with a 1m:03.577. Vettel and
Raikkonen were third and fourth. Verstappen was now fifth also on the
supersoft tyre. Grosjean and Magnussen were sixth and seventh. Sainz was now
eighth followed by Ricciardo and Gasly. Ricciardo was on the supersoft tyre.
Drivers would return for their second runs and it would see Vettel quickest
with a 1m:03.544 from Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Grosjean,
Magnussen, Ricciardo, Sainz and Hulkenberg in tenth.
The final period of qualifying would go through the normal two runs and the
first run would see Bottas quickest from Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen,
Ricciardo, Vettel, Sainz, and Hulkenberg. The Hass cars would only come out
for a single flying lap. While all the drivers were returning to their pits
Raikkonen would stay out and would finish in second. Grosjean was now in
fourth after his run. After their second runs Bottas would remain on pole
with a 1m:03.130 followed now by Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Verstappen,
Grosjean, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Sainz and Hulkenberg tenth. For Williams
their qualifying saw them 15th and 18th. But with Leclerc gaining a five
place grid penalty due to a gearbox change they would start from 14th and