Both Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon said after qualifying that they had the cars to get into Q3, though for both, it was over after Q2.
A red flag at the end of Q2 prevented both drivers from improving, so they ended up in 11th and 12th respectively. It was generally not a good qualifying for Aston Martin, with Lance Stroll hitting the barrier in Q1, ending his qualifying early, and Vettel missing out on Q3 by only a few hundredths. Ocon, after missing out on Q3, had to watch teammate Fernando Alonso make it into the top 10 from the sidelines.
Speaking after qualifying Ocon said of his weekend:
“It hasn’t been our session I think, clearly. There were a lot of incidents on the track. On my lap, I got impeded into Turn 3 and I hit the wall because of that. After that, there was a red flag so I couldn’t go again.”
“But the car looked good, the car looked well into the top 10 so we’ll look to convert that tomorrow. I think plenty’s possible with our pace. Definitely looking forward to that race which is always a crazy one here.”
Vettel was more upset, as he only missed Q3 by a few hundredths.
“I’m a bit disappointed because I had a mistake that was up to me so I should have done better. I locked into 15 and lost a lot of time. Otherwise, it would have been quite easy to Q3 but it is what it is. In the end there was the red flag so there was nothing I could do.” He said.
“It’s an advantage on free choice of tyres. I think that’s the standard phrase that everyone in P11 always talks about…” He joked after.
Both Vettel and Ocon will hope for attrition and entertainment to launch them into the points tomorrow, for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.