Lewis Hamilton secured a pole at his favourite track of the calendar year with a record-breaking 1:33:108 nearly 2 tenths of a second ahead of his direct competitor, Sebastian Vettel.
Valtteri Bottas secured third sitting just behind the front row in what looks like a track clearly favouring Mercedes. Daniel Ricciardo and Raikkonen made the top 5 while Verstappen, who finished 6th, who is taking a grid penalty for Engine change labelled his effort as the ‘worst’ qualifying session this season as he’s expected to start in 17th.
Fernando Alonso, after a hydraulic leak early on in the Free Practice, made it into Q3 and will benefit from Verstappen’s grid penalty. He exhibited outstanding pace in the middle sector on what looked like an overachievement in the awful Honda engine.
Lance Stroll is currently having a talk with the stewards for his blocking off Romain Grosjean due to his lack of spatial awareness.
In turn, Sergio Perez blamed the Haas driver for blocking him off later on, but the stewards are yet to make a comment.
Carlos Sainz Jr started off brilliantly for Renault as he became the first teammate to finish above Nico Hulkenberg, who himself, holds the record for most races without a podium.
Filipe Massa finished 11th but will also benefit from Verstappen. Brendon Hartley failed to make it out of Q1 in his first single-seater race since 10 years.
Vettel seemed satisfied with his car’s performance but did not forget to highlight the reliability issues Ferrari have shown in the recent races.