Carlos Sainz had his career-best qualifying in his McLaren, mastering the conditions to finish third ahead of Bottas. Esteban Ocon, too, deserves some praise for his fifth place for Renault. There were plenty of drivers and teams who will be disappointed, notably Racing Point, who looked rapid in Friday practice. Sergio Perez could not make it out of Q1 and Lance Stroll was better, but qualified only 12th. Ferrari’s struggles also continued, only placing 10th and 11th. In the wet or the dry, that car looks slow. Worse news for them, too, is that Charles Leclerc picked up a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat in qualifying and will start 14th.
With the wet session yesterday it means that every driver gets a free starting tyre choice. That means we could see divergent strategies or that, perhaps more realistically, the majority of drivers and teams know the optimal strategy (softs for 20-30 laps, mediums for the rest) and will choose that. Fingers crossed for something a bit different.
As ever, I’ll be here for all the build-up to the Styrian Grand Prix, the live updates from 2.10pm and the reaction. Can’t wait.