Qualifying started with cloud cover and the continuing threat that weather could play a factor in not only Saturday’s session but perhaps even Sunday’s race could find some moisture. The percentage chance of a wet qualifying? That was pegged at 70%.
The rain never materialized apart from a few drops here and there but the predominantly dry track allowed Lewis Hamilton to secure his 60th pole position which sets him up well to make a final push for the title.
Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, secured second while a self-described ho hum lap from Kimi Raikkonen completed the top three. Kimi was followed closely by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.485s||0.749s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.540s||0.804s|
|8||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.104s||1.368s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.165s||1.429s|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m12.726s||–|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m12.920s||–|