Lance Stroll was pleased he was able to reach Q3 in his Racing Point, despite being unable to set a flying lap in the last session.
The Canadian out-qualified Sergio Perez for the first time this season, as the Mexican had a power failure in Q1 confining him to the back of the field.
That result means Robert Kubica is the only driver so far this season not to have out-qualified a teammate at any Grand Prix.
Stroll was able to get the maximum out of his car in Q2, ending the session ninth with a best time of 1m20.498s, but he failed to set a flying lap in Q3 due to a bizarre set of circumstances that saw the majority of drivers impede each other.
“I’m happy to be back in Q3 because it’s been a little while.” commented Stroll.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t set a time at the end there.
“I think everyone underestimated the time to get to the line, everyone got greedy looking for the tow and in the end nobody got it!”
Stroll was not the only driver to set a time in Q3, as Kimi Raikkonen crashed out of the session and Alex Albon also got caught out by the traffic issues.
As a result, Perez will start the race in ninth, having been slower than Albon but faster than Raikkonen in Q2.
Racing Point Team Principal, Otmar Szafnauer was also happy with his Stroll’s performance, especially as he wasn’t happy with the car in the final practice session.
“He wasn’t especially happy with the car in final practice, but we made some important changes ahead of qualifying and Lance drove some clean and tidy laps when it mattered.” added Szafnauer.
“It’s a shame Sergio couldn’t join him in Q3 and the power unit issues need to be investigated and fully understood.
“It means Sergio will start at the back of the grid tomorrow, which is a bit frustrating.”