The championship leader Lewis Hamilton set second with a 1:36.443, just over a three tenth off the pace, the Brit struggled too much during the qualifying with brake issues.
“Nico did a great job,” says Lewis Hamilton, who starts second. “I was struggling with braking. The left brake was always about 100 degrees less than the right, and kept catching, no matter what I did – even if I braked earlier, it was still locking.
“Perhaps that’s where I lost a lot of the time. Even if that was the case Nico was quicker today. Potentially [the braking] is a problem for the race so we need to see if they can scrub them down or something.”