Whilst most drivers came through unscathed, Fernando Alonso's spin on lap one of the race appeared to be caused by a lack of grip which surprised the veteran heading into turn one, whilst Lando Norris suffered a huge shunt after losing control of his car in turn 12.
“I think the surface is one thing us drivers haven’t loved,” he told reporters after qualifying.
“It’s hard when obviously it’s a street track, it’s public roads.
“Obviously, they’ve got machines that they could use to kind of like blast the circuit, get the stone out a little more I guess, and make it a little more abrasive.
“On our wish list, maybe we wish it was like a little bit more of a Saudi level of grip, because that’s really good for kind of a street circuit. So that’s probably the only thing that I haven’t loved is that kind of slippery feeling. Otherwise, it’s been alright."
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