Sebastian Vettel under investigation for 'destroying' FIA scales

Sainz wouldn't rule out Hamilton driving for Ferrari

Sainz wouldn't rule out Hamilton driving for Ferrari

The scales are used to weigh cars mid-session and the FIA has the right to call in any vehicle that is returning to the pits for a random check.

During the episode, FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer said Vettel had "refused to turn off the engine" as is required making it "difficult to get a stable result".

Vettel had been second quickest to Bottas by just 0.049secs in second qualifying despite using the harder "soft" tyre in search of a strategic advantage in the race.

"They shouldn't call us when the conditions are changing like that", Vettel told Sky F1.

Valtteri Bottas starts third for Mercedes as the Silver Arrows bid to become only the second team in history to win five consecutive constructors' championships.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bulls were fifth and sixth, but the Australian has a five-place penalty.

The Sauber drivers excelled in the session and claimed seventh and eighth.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean was ninth, with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly 10th, benefiting from the latest upgraded Honda engine.

Hamilton and Vettel provided the main talking points of the session, with the former fortunate to escape the immediate attention of the stewards after almost colliding with the Williams of Russian Sergey Sirotkin.

However, the proposal doesn't sit well with the British Mercedes driver.

Sirotkin turned sharply to his left, narrowly avoiding Hamilton's Silver Arrows, before running over the grass on the exit of Turn 11. Sirotkin was on an out-lap at the time rather than a hot-lap and cleared Hamilton of any blame in the media pen immediately after the session.

But there has been no sign yet of a stewards' investigation and Sirotkin said he had no problem with the incident. The Monaco native had been relegated into the drop zone after the first runs in Q2, with Kevin Magnussen edging to 10th position with a lap as light rain intensified slightly. It proved to be an inspired decision, as Leclerc hooked together a superb lap to jump into the top ten. Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon joined him, along with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Sirotkin.

Qualifying starts at 7pm local time. His last-minute attempt was not enough to fight back and he finished 0.005s off a place in Q2.

Teams were eager to get out early in Q1 with a threat of rain incoming, with a queue at the end of the pit lane to start the session.

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