Already 43 points down on Rosberg and without a win, Hamilton needs a strong, trouble-free race. However, Mercedes may be under threat this weekend, with Red Bull running incredibly well in practice and targeting their second win this year.
Daniel Ricciardo takes his first career pole position after Hamilton has engine problems. An eventful qualifying saw Verstappen crash into the wall in the opening session, whilst Nasr’s engine expired in spectacular style. Going into the final session it was set to be a three way fight for pole position but Hamilton was hampered with reliability issues once again.