Grosjean was the one to make the jump to Q3, with the Frenchman slotting
into P9 as the final times were logged. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer also enjoyed a
good session, making it into Q3 for the first time in his F1 career in 10th place.
It meant that the man bumped out in P11 was Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.
The Russian might have edged Palmer but a mistake in the final corner saw
the him run wide and the time lost cost him a Q3 berth. Eliminated behind him
were Stroll, Wehrlein, Ocon and Alonso. The McLaren driver opted out of Q2.
It was Hamilton who held sway after the first runs, the Briton posted a
provisional pole time of 1:28.792, five hundredths of a second clear of Bottas.
Vettel was third ahead of Räikkönen, Verstappen and Ricciardo.