Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel attends the third practice session ahead of the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on April 28, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel took pole for the third race running when he topped qualifying in the 2018 Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Ferrari driver set a time of one minute, 41.498 seconds in Baku to put himself ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Here's a look at the classification, courtesy of F1's official Twitter account:

Formula 1 @F1

Vettel holds off the two Mercedes to take pole 💪 Both Force Indias in the top 10 👏 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 https://t.co/NhsQ6HL16E


Vettel on Pole Again as Force India Shine

After a disappointing day on Friday, Vettel showed intent on Saturday as he topped FP3 before doing the same in qualifying.

He's eagerly awaiting Sunday's race:

Formula 1 @F1

VET: "I felt the car was good and I knew I could get a good lap together. I think it will be an intense race. Here anything can happen" #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 https://t.co/rc3toXHG9M

His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was quickest through Q1 and Q2 and was on course to do the same in Q3 with a flying late run, but an error at Turn 16 proved costly, and he ended up in sixth behind his team-mate, the two Mercedes and Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Force India will be delighted with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.


Alonso out in Q2 Again

As in the Chinese Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso failed to make it to the final 10 in qualifying and went out in Q2.

The Spaniard finished P13 in Q1 having set a 1:44.010 late on to scrape through, but he was unable to improve on that time or position in the second qualifying run.

As the Press Association's Phil Duncan noted, it marked a disappointing session for McLaren:

Philip Duncan @PhilDuncanF1

13th and 16th for McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Yet another poor weekend. #AzerbaijanGP

The team have not had a representative in Q3 at any point so far this season.


Car Troubles Prove Costly for Romain Grosjean 

Romain Grosjean managed to complete 12 laps in FP3, but he lasted just four minutes in Q1.

A lock-up at Turn 3 saw him use an escape road, but the Haas driver damaged his car in the process:

Formula 1 @F1

📻"The gearbox is blocked, something is broken" An early end to Q1 for Grosjean #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 https://t.co/7mDqs3MvZY

The Frenchman was unable to record a time before the premature end to his qualifying run, so he'll start Sunday's race at the back of the grid.

Toro Rosso duo Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley also didn't make it as they almost collided with one another:

Formula 1 @F1

A close call for the @ToroRosso drivers 😬 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 #F1 https://t.co/DUO9gjCAbq

The latter was affected by a puncture, and the incident prevented his team-mate from making Q2.