With the start of qualifying drivers would come out all on the soft tyre
including both Williams drivers. Drivers were taking it very carefully on
their out laps with a very hot track temperature. Perez would set a
1m:34.130 but quickly he was passed as Norris set a 1m:32.708 but Albon
would go ahead with a 1m:32.573. Then it was Sainz's turn with a 1m:32.010.
He would be followed by Giovinazzi and Albon. The track would see every
driver out running as Vettel went fastest with a 1m:31.846 only to see
Leclerc go quicker with a 1m:31.441. But Bottas would go quickest with a
1m:31.378 to lead Leclerc with Hamilton in third. Vettel was fourth followed
by Sainz, Gasly, Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Norris and Hulkenberg tenth.
Further runs would see Bottas improve with a 1m:30.550 with Hamilton only
second. Leclerc was third followed by Vettel, Sainz and Ricciardo. On their
next runs Hulkenberg and Ricciardo would move up to be fourth and fifth
followed by Perez, Raikkonen, Norris, Sainz, and Vettel. Despite some
encouraging moments both Williams drivers would again not make the cut and
be out of qualifying.
The second period of qualifying would see a mixture of tyres been used with
both Mercedes and Ferrari's out on the medium tyre. Sainz was also out on
the medium tyre while it would be Hamilton who would go quickest with a
1m:29.520 only to see Bottas move ahead with a 1m:29.437. Verstappen was now
third followed by Sainz but it would change as Leclerc went third followed
by Verstappen, Vettel, Sainz, Hulkenberg, Gasly, Albon, and Perez tenth. the
top seven had all set their times on the medium tyre. Ricciardo on the
medium tyre he would move into seventh followed by Norris and Hulkenberg.
Having set times on the medium tyre the Mercedes drivers would change to the
soft tyre to get ready for the final period. Both Alfa Romeos would go into
the top ten with Giovinazzi ninth and but Albon would go tenth. But Gasly
would return to tenth with the order Bottas, Vettel, Hamilton, Leclerc,
Norris, Verstappen, Sainz, Ricciardo, Giovinazzi, and Gasly tenth.
The final period of qualifying
would see Hamilton secure pole from his team-mate Bottas with the Ferrari of
Leclerc third. Fourth would be Verstappen followed by an improving McLaren
pair of Norris and Sainz. The one big surprise of qualifying was to see
Vettel finish in seventh followed by Ricciardo, Gasly and Giovinazzi. For
the ROKiT Williams Team little had changed in terms of the results in this
session and the gaps remain as big as ever to the cars in front. For
Sunday's race George will start from the rear of the grid due to his
penalties and Robert will start from eighteenth as a result of other driver
penalties. Sunday's race is again going to be a difficult one for both