For the third time in three weeks, George Russel turned out to be the fastest in qualifying.
As usual, the grid emerged from the pits at the beginning to warm up the tyres. Jack Aitken led the group and set the first representative lap time; however, George Russell, Louis Delétraz, Sergio Sette Camara and Alex Albon finished their first tries better than the Briton and claimed the top spots of the provisional classification.
Four minutes into the session, Roy Nissany stopped at the end of turn 3, which led to a yellow flag. Nonetheless, just moments later, the race control decided to interrupt the session with a red flag.
After five minutes of waiting in the pits, the session restarted and Russell improved his lap time by another tenth of a second. Antonio Fuoco could push even more and topped the time sheets by another three tenths.
The drivers returned to the pitlane again in order to change tyres and discuss essential points with their engineers. As a result, the crowd experienced the usual “mid-qualifying break”, which Maximilian Günther ended with 9 minutes to go.
Another five minutes later, the drivers on flying laps crossed the line to jumble up the order another time. Russel recaptured the top spot, followed by Albon, Fuoco and Deletraz.
Many drivers had no tyre life left and immediately returned to the pits (like Albon), while others (like Russell) stayed out for a very last try. The ART driver himself couldn’t improve unlike his teammate, who finished 11th, Artem Markelov could change P18 into P8 seconds before the session ended.
In the end, Russell took pole position, Albon secured an all-British front row in Great Britain while Charouz grabbed the entire second row. Sergio Sette Camara and Lando Norris couldn’t shine today and took P5 and P6 respectively.
|5||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||1:40.234||+0.245|
|8||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:40.590||+0.601|
|11||Nyck de Vries||Prema||1:40.847||+0.858|
|13||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||1:40.994||+1.005|
|14||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||1:41.031||+1.042|
|17||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||1:41.493||+1.504|
*NOTE: Gelael was handed a three-position grid penalty for causing a collision with Louis Deletraz in Austria.