Jenson Button failed to start qualyfing while Fernando Alonso failed to make it out of Q1 along with both Manor drivers.
Carlos Sainz: "We were not expecting to get anywhere near Q3 today but in the end we were very close to getting through! We can be happy with today’s P11 after a difficult day yesterday. I will start on the clean side of the grid and will also have the option to choose what tyre to start on, so it’s all looking positive. It will be a tough race tomorrow, I’d say the most difficult race of the season so far as we will find it difficult to overtake, but to finish in the points is still our target and that’s what we’ll fight for."
Max Verstappen: "I think we made a good step forward in qualifying compared to the practice sessions, so I’m quite happy about where we ended up today. Unfortunately I will have to start from the back tomorrow due to the grid penalties, but I will do my best in the race. It definitely won’t be easy, but let’s wait for tomorrow, anything can happen here and we’re not giving up!"
Marcus Ericsson: "It was a decent qualifying. Unfortunately I got a bit of traffic on my best lap, which cost a few tenths. After FP1 we made progress, and I felt comfortable in the car. We know we have a strong race pace, so our aim is to score points tomorrow, which I think is realistic."
Felipe Nasr: "First of all, I want to thank the team for getting the car ready for qualifying. It did an amazing job, and I am really impressed with the work it has done. P15 in qualifying is still a position from which I will be able to fight for points tomorrow."
Fernando Alonso: "I was happy with my lap and I think this is the best qualifying position we could have expected today. I expect to be starting 13th, owing to Max’s [Verstappen] likely penalty, so, after a tough day for the team, with my engine change this morning, and me missing most of FP3, and then the disappointment of running only one car in qualifying, I think P13 is the best news of the day. Hopefully tomorrow we can have a much better day, with a smooth race and both cars finishing with no problems. Montreal always seems to provide good races with lots of action, a few Safety Cars, reliability issues for everybody, and so on, since it’s a very demanding circuit on brakes, gearboxes and other components too. You have to stay focused until the very last lap, because anything can happen. Our top speed on the straights will be our main concern tomorrow, so we’ll try to do something clever in terms of strategy and tyre management in order to compensate for that and try to get some points."
Jenson Button: "This morning we did a lot of set-up work in the car, and it felt much better than yesterday, so I was looking forward to qualifying. It was disappointing to miss it, therefore, but it happens – and we’ll make the best of it tomorrow. The guys have worked so hard this weekend; they did a great job of getting Fernando’s car back together for qualifying and they’ll do the same fantastic job as they always do with my car, but weekends like this one are tough for the whole team. It’ll be a long race, but I’m already looking forward to it."
Roberto Merhi: "I’m very happy with my qualifying today. It’s a good step forward for me. I’m really enjoying this circuit and we have made some good progress with the set-up of the car this past few races and I feel very comfortable to push a little more. I had a good first run then in the second I knew there was a little more to come. I made up 0.2s in the final corner alone. I’m really pleased and now I can’t wait for the race tomorrow."
Will Stevens: "It wasn’t a bad qualifying for me. Perhaps I’m a little less comfortable with the balance of the car this weekend, compared with previous races. I’ve tried to focus on race pace a little more however, so I think we have the car in a good place for tomorrow. We’ll gain a place on the grid after the penalties have been applied, but then we’re also in interesting company with Jenson and Max starting behind us. This is a race where we often see the safety car, so we’ll do our best to make sure we’re in the mix for any opportunities that might arise."