Lewis Hamilton set a stunning lap to beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by three tenths to achieve Mercedes’ 75th front row lock out. The two Red Bulls will start on the second row, with Max Verstappen just 0.125 seconds away from Bottas, providing hope that the Red Bulls can mix with the Mercedes in tomorrows night race.
It was even amongst the mid field, with 3 tenths covering P5-10. Sergio Perez carried his momentum from last week to start fifth, whilst the two Renault’s line up together. Daniel Ricciardo continues to dominate his teammate Esteban Ocon in qualifying, but was made to work today, only beating Ocon by two thousandths of a second.
The second qualifying session was red flagged halfway through due to a rear brake failure on Carlos Sainz’s car meant it stopped at turn 1, as a result, most drivers were only able to set one lap time. The two Ferrari drivers lined up P1 and 2 last year in Bahrain, this year they will start P11 and 12 as both could not set a time fast enough on the medium tyres. George Russel secured his ninth appearance in Q2 in the Williams, finishing 14th.