A fantastic qualifying session from Pierre Gasly today as he snatched P5 and is starting at the top of midfield alongside Red Bull Racing's Sergio Perez ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix.
As qualifying began, Gasly able to secure P5 in the battle of top 15 and advances to Q2 while his teammate, Yuki Tsunoda, misses out and locks in a time of 1:17"919 (P16).
In Q2, Gasly headed out on set of the fresh Soft tyre compounds. Unfortunately, the session was red flagged due to Scuderia Ferrari's Carlos Sainz hitting the barrier. Gasly sits P6 in the battle for top 10. As the session resumed, Gasly was able to put himself in P3 advancing to Q3.
In the top 10 shootout, on his first run, Gasly set P7. On a final run, he was able to better his time to 1:16"483 and secures a P5.
Gasly comments, 'I’m extremely happy with today, it’s a pretty good feeling to be the first car behind Mercedes and Red Bull."
He continues, "We were quite surprised to be ahead of Ferrari, who have been looking really strong, so I’m really pleased with our performance today."
He adds, "It’s not going to be an easy race for us, we know that in terms of race pace some of the cars around us are stronger, but we knew grid positioning would be really important and we’ve put ourselves in the best possible place to fight tomorrow."
He concludes, "I’m really excited for the battle with Charles and Lando, we know it’s hard to overtake here so we’re going to keep our elbows out and try and hold on to fifth position.”