LH was fastest in Free Practice 1 (1:15.564) and FP2 (1:15.259)
KR was fined $2,500 for crossing the white line at the pit lane entrance in FP3.
As previously noted, the tyre compounds for the race weekend: primes = soft (yellow band) and options = super-soft (red).
Quite windy again; air 24°C, track 40°C, wind 4m/s
Green lights mark the start of Q1 but no rush to get on track
NR first out of the pits
KK runs wide in Turn 1, cuts across the grass
Everyone on the prime (soft) tyres so far
FM runs wide in Turn 1
10mins left of Q1; bottom 7 are JV, HK, TG, CP, NK, PRo*, SV* (*no time set yet)
8mins left; SV finally on track
5mins left; bottom 7 are VP, HK, JV, PRo, TG, CP, NK; they’re all inside the current 107% time
PM runs wide, kicking up more grass in Turn 1
SV 1:14.661 – why is he bothering to post faster laps?
(JB P2 but using options)
JV locks up in to Turn 1 but makes it through the corner
1min left; bottom 7 are VP, JV, HK, PRo, TG, CP, NK
Back of the grid will be: HK, VP, JV, PRo, TG, CP, NK.
Everyone inside the 107% time (1:19.887)
DR first on track
Looks like a lot of people on options for Q2 – just the Ferraris on primes
FA ran wide in Turn 1
Radio from JB saying biggest problem is locking up into the hairpin
NR told to short-shift – a problem for the Mercedes?
FA now on options; only his teammate still on primes … no, FM is now on primes too
5mins left; bottom 7 are PRe, PM, BS, KK, SP, DR, FA
Yellow flag … and cleared almost immediately – SP missed Turn 9
2mins left; bottom 7 are FM, RG, DR, KR, PM, BS, SP
(KR P10; NH to P11)
(FM P8; KR to P11)
(RG P7; KK to P11)
PM on a very fast lap; loses the tail in the final chicane, spins, clips tyre wall with his rear – JB must be breathing a sigh of relief because PM could have pushed JB out of Q1
Middle of the grid: KK, KR, NH, DR, SP, BS, PM
Fighting over the top 10 grid spots are: SV, FA, LH, MW, MS, NR, RG, PRe, FM & JB
Green lights for the start of Q3; LH first on track
JB exits the McLaren garage on new primes, but LH is on options
LH wrangling his car through Turns 6 & 7; backs off
JB 1:18.632 (on primes)
4mins left; order is SV, FA, LH, FM, MW, RG, NR, MS, JB, PRe* (*yet to set a time)
JB pushed into the garage
1min left; JB still in the garage so he won’t be improving on P9
Chequered flag; order is SV, LH, FA, NR, FM, MW, RG, PRe, MS, JB
MS back off – he’ll blame FM for slowing him down
Front of the grid: SV, LH, FA, MW, NR, FM, RG, PRe, MS, JB
Provisional grid: SV, LH, FA, MW, NR, FM, RG, PRe, MS, JB, KK, KR, NH, DR, SP, BS, PM, HK, VP, JV, PRo, TG, CP, NK.