Valteri Bottas won the first pole position of this season with Mercedes. Bottas did a Q3 lap time of 1:02.939, just 0.012 seconds ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen with Red Bull placed 3rd, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Both Verstappen and Norris were already over half a second slower than the two Mercedes drivers. The other Red Bull driver Alex Albon finished in P5, followed by Racing Point’s Sergio Perez. Although Charles Leclerc applied the absolute potential of his Ferrari, he only managed to place 7th for tomorrow’s grid. Carlos Sainz with McLaren finished 8th, ahead of Lance Stroll for Racing Point and Daniel Ricciardo for Renault. This concluded the Q3 session of the day.
Ferrari’s problems from the practice sessions continued into qualifying. Sebastian Vettel was eliminated in Q2 and he will start tomorrow’s race from 11th on the grid. Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat placed right behind him. Esteban Ocon scored P14 for Renault, while Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished the session last in 15th position.
Kevin Magnussen with Haas was the firs eliminated driver in Q1, placing 16th. Williams’ George Russell qualified right behind him. Nevertheless, George finished ahead of both Alfa Romeo drivers, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen, whose lack of pace was massively disappointing for the team. The only rookie this season, Nicholas Latifi, completed the grid with a P20 for Williams. Even though none of the Williams’ cars progressed to top 15 during this qualifying session, their performance appears to be much more competitive this season.
You can find the full leaderboard from the session HERE.
REMINDER: Although Valteri Bottas took the pole position, his last qualifying lap ended up in the gravel, causing yellow flags on the track. It is possible for some of the drivers following his car to have potential penalties on their lap times. Stay tined for updates.