The opening eighteen minute period would see dry running and as the times
came it would be Vettel quickest with a 1m:34.569 followed by Raikkonen and
Leclerc. But it must be remembered that Vettel will be receiving a three
place grid penalty. Verstappen would move into third while Bottas would go
quickest with a 1m:34.518 but Hamilton would also go quicker with a
1m:34.176. Verstappen was now fifth followed by Ricciardo, Sainz and Perez.
Verstappen would have an issue losing drive while he was on a quicker lap.
Hamilton would go quicker with a 1m:34.130 followed by Bottas, Vettel,
Raikkonen, Ricciardo, and Verstappen. Ocon would move up to seventh followed
by Grosjean, Hulkenberg, and Magnussen in tenth. But Gasly would move into
seventh followed by Ocon, Sainz, and Grosjean tenth. Both Williams drivers
would fail to make it past the first period finishing in 17th and 18th but
they would start from positions higher than this due to other drivers grid
The second period of qualifying would see with the first runs Raikkonen
going quickest with a 1m:32.884 running on the ultrasoft tyre. Vettel was
second followed by Hamilton, Bottas and Ricciardo, but they had set their
times on the supersoft tyre. Sixth was Leclerc followed by Grosjean, Perez,
Ocon, and Hulkenberg tenth. Raikkonen and Ricciardo would not come back out
for a second run feeling that they were safe. Neither Torro Rosso would come
back out as they were to receive engine penalties that will see them start
from the rear. After their second runs those who had set an earlier
supersoft tyre would abort their laps and there was no improvement from the
others so the top ten would remain unchanged.
The final period of qualifying would see Hamilton quickest from Vettel,
Raikkonen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Leclerc and Perez
tenth. But Vettel will have to drop to fifth as a result of his three places
grid penalty. With the penalties the Williams pair would be 15th and 16th on
the grid for what again is going to be a difficult race.