Lewis Hamilton was a tenth ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas in another front row lockout for Mercedes.
With a phenomenal time of 1.13.447, Hamilton took his 90th pole position. The Mercedes around this track was incredible.
Nearly flat through four, flat through 11 and able to get on the throttle so early with full throttle on such sharp steering lock. It was amazing.
Hamilton and Bottas being within a tenth of each other shows the supreme calibre of both drivers this season.
The only driver within a second of Hamilton’s time was Lance Stroll in the Racing Point.
In a weekend where the dominant discussion has been about the legality of the Racing Point and the seat for next year, a third place qualifying is exceptional.
They locked out row two did Racing Point with Sergio Perez qualifying fourth.
Ferrari pulled it out the bag a touch with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc both getting into Q3 and finishing the session fifth and sixth.
Max Verstappen, who has arguably been Mercedes closest challengers this season could only manage seventh in an incredibly precarious Red Bull car.
The Red Bull was expected to bring the fight to Mercedes but they were unable to get their car working well.
Both McLarens got into Q3 once again with Norris starting eighth ahead of Carlos Sainz.
Pierre Gasly has had a torrid weekend with technical issues in every session but he was still able to get to Q3 and will start tenth in a brilliant performance for him.
11th place went to Daniel Ricciardo but George Russell’s 12th place was more impressive. A major improvement for Williams.
They got two cars in Q2 with Nicholas Latifi starting 15th.
Alex Albon qualified 13th unable to get a handle on the tetchy Red Bull. He was very stressed on the radio blaming the team for putting him in traffic.
Albon was eclipsed by Verstappen that session who ended Q2 third.
Esteban Ocon also didn’t go through to Q3 qualifying 14th.
Q1 ended intensely! Rain was predicted but what really through the whole grid off was the insane track evolution.
When the two Racing Points went 1-2 and George Russell went fifth, everyone came out to get a final lap in. The Red Bulls and Ferraris were on the bubble.
In the end both Haas cars, both Alfa Romeos and Daniil Kvyat all fell foul and will line up Kevin Magnussen, Kvyat, Romain Grosjean, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
CLASSIFICATION: END OF Q3 ⏱️
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