Esteban Ocon was as usual hot on the heels of Force India team mate in qualifying for this weekend’s the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“It’s the best qualifying position in my career and I am very happy about how the session went,” Ocon said.
“I made a tiny mistake on my fastest lap and that probably cost me a position, but as a team we have been improving every step of the way.
Ocon pulled out all the stops in quali, often placing his pink VJM-10 on the ragged edge around Baku’s treacherous lay-out but without ever going beyond.
“Today was all about pushing to the limit: I brushed the wall three times, something I didn’t do yesterday, but I wanted to give everything today.
“We are in a strong position for tomorrow’s race and we know anything can happen here. It’s a tight track and very tricky to get right.
“A strong first lap will be crucial, but the most important thing will be to finish the race. If you get to the end here, you can score big points.
“Our pace is good and I am confident we can get a good result.”