He was followed by the two already mentioned Finn, which was three tenths of a second behind, and Max Verstappen, which reiterates that Mercedes they are not competitive.
1st place: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): Mental reset after spinning in Q2
"For me, in fact, these qualifications really weren't too nice," he said Hamilton. “I made some changes before I went to the qualifiers, which initially turned out to be worse… I had trouble balancing the car and struggled. I managed to qualify for Q2 and then spun on the track again after a long time. A good time in the qualifiers is mainly due to how confident you are and after Q2 I still managed to recover, mentally reset and in the end I am very satisfied with the result, which gives me a good starting point for tomorrow's race. "
2nd place: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes): The hope of victory remains
"I had good qualifications, until Q3, when the car started to get stuck in the back," he said Bottas: “Lewis has handled this better than I have and deserves a pole position. He won second place last year, so I hope that I will also have a chance to win tomorrow. "
3rd place: Max Verstappen (Red Bull): Mercedes are far ahead of everyone
"Of course the difference is quite large, but it's also not a real surprise," he said Verstappen. “We know they’re dominating this year. But overall, I think the qualifications were fine in themselves, as higher than third place at the moment I realistically can’t do that. In the last round, I might be able to squeeze out another tenth, but not much more. The difference to Mercedes is really big, but I am aware that we are just where we are. It is definitely better to start third than, for example, seventh. "