The day started with wet conditions for the third free practice session, conditions that later on changed a bit for the flying laps in qualifying. The track dried up a bit, but it went as “a rollercoaster” for the teams and drivers as it appeared dry on some parts but still wet on others.
While Daniel Ricciardo stayed behind in Q1, getting the 17th position on the grid, Lando Norris managed to get all the way through to Q3. The team were patient and assessed the situation carefully, managing a good tyre allocation for the young Brit, which paid off as he did an excellent lap and is set to start behind Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and ahead of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
“A good qualifying, if very tough. It was probably the toughest conditions of the whole season. There are just such fine limits between it going wrong and it going right. I think I took a good, but the correct amount of risk, and it paid off with a P6, which is better than we were expecting. Tough, challenging, but very happy with how today has turned out. A good position for tomorrow and hopefully we can turn it into some good points," said Norris.