Lewis Hamilton’s domination continued with yet again, however it was all good news for the fans, as Ferrari robbed Rosberg and took P2 and P3. Hulkenberg sustained an engine problem in Q3, ending any contention of Force India challenging Williams.
Mercedes and Hamilton were utterly dominant, the Brit put in a 1.23.397, and his nearest challenger was Kimi Raikkonen who for the third time this season outqualify the relentless Sebastian Vettel. Raikkonen was 0.234 off and Hamilton, while Vettel was 0.288 off Hamilton.
The fans could be yet happy, as the Ferrari’s have successfully got Mercedes run of front row lockouts to an end.
Rosberg was +0.306 off team-mate Hamilton, after he had to revert to an old engine, as his new spec engine encountered problems post FP3.
Bottas took sixth for the Williams squad, and Massa took fifth. The pairing tried some innovative slipstreaming which had paid off.
It was an unfortunate day for Force India, Hulkenberg’s Mercedes engine gave up after his first Q3 run, and will start ninth on the grid. Team-mate Perez went P7.
For Red Bull, they inevitably knew it wasn’t going to be a good day, the two drivers took P14 and P15, however the team will be faced with big grid penalties for tomorrow’s race.
Ericsson qualified an excellent 10th, however is under investigation for impeding Hulkenberg twice in Q1.
It wasn’t all so good for Lotus after strong-showing in Spa, Grosjean took P8 and Maldonado just missed out on Q3, and will start 11th on the grid.
It was an uneventful qualifying session for McLaren, the pairing qualified 16th and 17th, but will be faced with major grid penalties.