Esteban Ocon said his failure to reach Q3 was down to a car problem as well as a mistake of his own.
“Basically there was two things,” said the Force India driver. “I was losing some straight line speed so we have to see if it’s a bit of an engine problem or something else on the car.
“So there was two things that make a big margin at the end so I would have gone through.”
Ocon estimated the lack of top speed cost him around a tenth of a second.
“We have to calculate how much it was but if there is a bit of straight line speed which is not good when the field is so tight like that… of course you want everything you can when the margins are like that.”
His team mate Sergio Perez made it into Q3 and will start eighth. Ocon said he would rather have qualified higher but his lower starting position bring a strategic advantage.
“The positive of that is I will have new tyres to start the race and free choice of which compound I want to start with. With higher track [temperature] like there will be tomorrow it’s going to be a big advantage, I reckon.”
2018 F1 season
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- ‘It doesn’t matter if we start last’: How Red Bull’s junior team aided Honda’s leap forward
- Honda’s jet division helped F1 engineers solve power unit problem
- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault