Obviously we had the change for everyone but I think they are a bit harder so for me it was pretty straightforward as I said because I was happier with the auto with that tyre.
Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner called the decision to fast track the changes "immature" and "rushed" and believes it could have an impact on the smaller teams, as the cost to implement the changes will be enormous.
"Ferrari were sandbagging until the afternoon and Valtteri has been driving exceptionally well; it's fantastic for the team to get the front row and I know everyone will be very happy". It's shifting a little bit too much, we set the auto up for this, then the tyres move that way or the track moves that way. The vehicle was fine and we didn't have much to do. "We've got a lot of work to do for tomorrow, it'll be a tough race, but it's a good way to start the weekend".
"Of course from winter it's impossible to compare, but in this race we have slightly different rear tyres".
"Yeah, I agree", said Vettel, "I think". "Since the last race I've not thought for one second that now we're leading the world championship. I think it didn't change too much", he said.
Fernando Alonso will start from eighth in McLaren's best qualifying display of the year.
Robert Kubica, Williams' reserve driver, drove in an official F1 session for the first time since nearly losing his right hand in a rally crash in 2011.
Vettel locked up into the first corner on his opening Q3 run, made on supersoft tyres, before switching to softs for his final run. "But I'm satisfied with the session and with how I reacted to hard conditions".
"I read what you write".
"We could say 'OK, there is not enough overtaking but leave it like that until 2021.' And then we say we want the fans to be happy".
That followed a practice session in which Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley was involved a heavy crash that ruled him out of qualifying. Bottas and Vettel also spun but were able to continue their runs without significant damage. Verstappen also went off the track, as did Raikkonen shortly before enduring the mechanical problem.
Romain Grosjean, who crashed under the safety vehicle in Azerbaijan, was the first to face trouble in the afternoon session, losing control of his Haas and getting stuck on the gravel.
Sergio Perez had a mechanical issue with Force India and had to retire near the end of the second session.