The opening eighteen minute period would see both Williams out first with
George going quickest with Robert behind but Stroll would move ahead with a
1m:13.393 to be a massive margin ahead of the Williams. Sainz would go
quickest with a 1m:13.221 with Kvyat now second. But Raikkonen would go
quickest with a 1m:13.066 but Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:12.229 to
be ahead of Verstappen and Raikkonen. Ricciardo was now fourth followed by
Grosjean and Magnussen. Sainz was seventh followed by Stroll, Kvyat, and
Hulkenberg in tenth. Vettel would be forced to pit with an issue and would
not be able to return failing to set a time.
Hamilton was able to improve to third leading Raikkonen and Bottas. But for
Vettel he would be starting the race from last. Sixth was Ricciardo followed
by Grosjean, Magnussen, Sainz and Stroll now tenth. The Williams drivers
were slowest with times only in the high 1m:14s. Magnussen would improve to
be sixth and Giovinazzi would end up tenth. With the end of the period
Leclerc would remain fastest from Verstappen, Hamilton, Gasly, Raikkonen,
Bottas, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Grosjean, and Giovinazzi tenth.
The first runs in the second period would see Hamilton quickest with a
1m:12.149 running on the medium tyre. Leclerc was second also on the medium
tyre followed by Bottas, Sainz, and Perez fifth. Gasly was able to improve
to be third but set on the soft tyre. Bottas was fourth on the medium tyre.
Sainz was fifth followed by Grosjean, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, and
Perez tenth. This group were all on the soft tyre. Verstappen was able to
move into fourth with the top ten ending up with Hamilton fastest from
Leclerc, Gasly, Bottas, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Sainz, Hulkenberg, Grosjean
The first runs in the final period would see Hamilton fastest with a
1m:11.767 from Verstappen, Bottas, Gasly, Grosjean and Sainz. Leclerc would
also have an issue that would see him out of the final period seeing him not
been able to set a time. Perez was able to move into sixth ahead of Sainz.
Raikkonen and Hulkenberg had not set a time. Hamilton would remain fastest
after the second run from Verstappen, Bottas, Gasly, Raikkonen, Grosjean,
Sainz, Perez, Hulkenberg and Leclerc tenth without setting a time. Again the
Williams team would suffer the disappointment of having both drivers not so
much start from at the rear of the grid but the margins to the cars in front
did not show any real improvement.
With the start of the first period of qualifying Robert would be out first
running on the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:16.125 but would see his
team-mate go ahead. Robert would not improve but would have his time deleted
due to exceeding track limits and would pit. After a quick stop Robert would
return and was able to set a 1m:14.915 to move ahead of George. Robert would
come out for a final run as the period drew to a close. Robert would improve
with a 1m:14.839 but remained at the bottom of the times. Robert would
comment after his session by saying: "What we gained thanks to the updates,
we gave up due to [reliability concerns]. We can either go fast, or get to
the end of the race .... Not an ideal session. A lot of traffic at first,
then a lot of understeer in the final corners."
George would follow team-mate Robert out running on the soft tyre. George
would say that "the front end was not biting at all." Despite this George
would set a 1nm:15.682 to go quickest if only briefly. He would improve with
a 1m:15.032 but this was still a big margin off the cars in front. He would
pit after a five lap run and would change to a new set of soft's and return
for another run. George would set a 1m:14.977 to drop behind Robert. George
was also back out on a third set of soft tyres. He would set a 1m:14.721 to
reverse the positions with his team-mate.