The Ferrari driver beat Valtteri Bottas by less than a tenth of a second. The pair will begin the race on ultra-soft tyres but Max Verstappen, who qualified third, will be on hyper-softs at the start.
Q1Romain Grosjean failed to even make it out of the pits. His Ferrari power unit expired in spectacular fashion as he motored down the pit lane.
Marcus Ericsson, who was blinded by the smoke from the Haas on his way out of the pits, was next to hit trouble. He understeed into the wall at the exit of turn nine. That accounted for the first two drivers to drop out of Q1.
Lance Stroll guaranteed his elimination when he locked his front-right wheel approaching the final chicane. He scooted across the run-off area but his damaged tyre ended his chances of progressing further in his home race. He at least narrowly out-qualified his team mate.
The McLaren pair scraped into Q2 with their final laps, making it through at the expense of Pierre Gasly’s Toro Rosso. Gasly, who had reverted to the old-spec Honda power unit as a precaution, was told to target the first lap for his tyre preparation in his final run. He was back in the pits while the McLarens knocked him out.
Drivers eliminated in Q1
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’13.047|
Ferrari having headed Q1, they went out on ultra-soft tyres for Q2, intending to start the race on the harder rubber. Mercedes joined them, and after their first runs the quartet was quickest of all bar Max Verstappen, who came within 13 thousandths of a second of beating Hamilton’s pole position time from last year.
The four ultra-soft qualifiers all rejoined the track at the end of the session on hyper-softs in case they needed to set quicker times, but none needed to. A frustrated Vettel complained about how slowly some of his rivals were driving after catching several cars at the end of the lap.
Ricciardo, who’d had a disrupted build-up to qualifying after car problems on Friday, came good on his final run in Q2 and became the first driver to beat the track record. He headed the session with a best time of 1’11.434, putting Red Bull back on top ahead of the final shoot-out.
Both Force India and Renault drivers also claimed places in Q3 as there was no change in the drop-zone after the final runs. The only driver to post a significant improvement was Charles Leclerc, who got his Sauber ahead of the two McLarens, which ended the second phase of qualifying at the bottom of the times.
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Drivers eliminated in Q2
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso-Honda||1’12.635|
A superb first effort by Bottas in Q3 looked set to put him on provisional pole position. A committed run through the final sector helped him become the first driver to break the 71-second barrier.
Raikkonen fell short of beating the Mercedes driver and Hamilton, who locked up at the second hairpin, was almost three-tenths off his team mate. But Vettel’s run dislodged Bottas from the top spot by less than a tenth of a second.
The top two positions were unchanged by the final runs. Bottas was unable to improve his time and though Vettel found a mere hundredth of a second with his last run, it was enough to keep his pole position.
Kimi Raikkonen blew his chance of getting in the fight for pole position when he ran wide at the exit of turn two. As a result he fell behind Hamilton, who improved his time despite locking up again, and Verstappen, who produced a superb lap to claim third.
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Top ten in Q3
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’11.096|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||1’11.281|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1’12.084|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Renault||1’12.238|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1’12.671|
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