Romain Grosjean was close to reaching Q3 in the Haas, while both Toro Rosso cars have grid penalties for Sunday's race.
Romain Grosjean: “We tried really hard to go for it from Q2. It’s a good recovery from yesterday and from previous races. We’ve made some good steps this weekend and I’m happy with that. Last year here we had a good qualifying and this year’s is pretty decent for us. I guess the grid is going to be shuffled a little bit more with all the penalties. It’s a long race and track temperature will be over 50 degrees, so cars are going to be working in a different way. We’ll definitely see what we can do. Sixth in the constructors championship is still there and we’re eager to get it.”
Kevin Magnussen: “I think Romain got the most out of the car today. He did a good job with the car we have this weekend. I did less of a good job in qualifying. When the car is like it is – unstable in the rear – Romain is just very strong. I struggle a bit more with that. I’m not too unhappy with the result today because the car hasn’t been to my driving style this weekend. We’ll see what happens in the race. The race pace didn’t look any worse than our qualifying pace, so with some luck tomorrow, we could be up for some more points. That’s what we’re aiming for.”
Brendon Hartley: "Not a bad day, I'm pretty happy to have got through to Q2 today! We then didn't go out to set a time in Q2 in order to save all the tyres and keep all the options available for tomorrow's race, so we just used the session to do a couple of practice starts – something I needed considering my first two starts in F1, which haven't been the best… Hopefully this pays dividends tomorrow! It's going to be quite a tough ask to finish in the points, but we're definitely going to try, do our best and push for that – I'm really looking forward to the race!"
Pierre Gasly: "I think today was pretty ok. Obviously it hasn't been a perfect weekend for us but at least we had some proper running in FP2 and FP3. We knew at the beginning of the weekend we would start at the back of the grid, so we tried to mainly focus on race simulations. This morning I was pretty happy with the long runs even if we knew it wasn't ideal for qualifying: in terms of downforce we put less than what we would have wanted to maximise our overtaking opportunities during the race. Hopefully it will pay off tomorrow. The track is so exciting! There's so much rhythm in the second and third sectors… it's really good to drive, but the most important thing is to be competitive tomorrow for the race, and hopefully have some good overtakes during the race."
Pascal Wehrlein: “I am satisfied with today’s result. I have had some issues with the car balance over the last weekends. Some parts have been changed for this weekend, and the car feels as it should again. I feel very confident on track. Today’s qualifying result was a good one. We were very close to Q2. That makes me go into the race with a positive feeling. It will be important to have a good start tomorrow, and I will give my all to finish the Grand Prix in a good position.”
Marcus Ericsson: “It was a pretty decent day for us. We were in the fight with the lower midfield. We knew that Q2 was possible if we got it together perfectly – it was close, but not close enough. We may move up some positions on the grid because of penalties. Tomorrow is a new day, and the race could be a good one.”