The Monegasque driver will start behind the Mercedes duo tomorrow after outpacing his teammate Sebastian Vettel in all the qualifying segments.
Charles Leclerc ended up third, after leading the Q2. Despite, Leclerc reckoned that the result was the maximum he could achieve, underlining his satisfaction over the overall performance.
No I don't think so," he said. "[I'm] very, very happy with my lap. I think in the last corner I maybe could have done a little bit better, but not much.
"Overall we are very happy with the performance, very close to the Mercedes and we did not expect it, we thought we would be struggling more this weekend.
"We have been struggling since FP1 with the front end of the car, still in qualifying, but a bit less.
"It was a good qualifying session for us and I will have hoped for a higher position, but third is the best we can do today."
The Ferrari’s talent set his Q2 lap on the soft-tyres, as in the Austrian GP, whereas Mercedes and Red Bull will start the race on the medium compounds. Leclerc claimed that it was not a bad choice at the Red Bull Ring.
"We wanted to do that, again I think in Austria it was not a bad choice.
"That is not what made us finish second there, so we are pretty happy here too."
On the other hand, Vettel was disappointingly sixth, and significantly slower than his Ferrari pair. The four-times Formula 1 champion remarked how he did not understand what was going on with his Ferrari’s set-up.
"I think I just struggled to extract what was in the car," said Vettel.
"I couldn't get the right feel, I'm not happy with how it went.
"It didn't look great on my side, I struggled to feel the car today, just couldn't get on top of it in time."
In particular, Vettel’s Q3 lap was only about a tenth faster than his Q1’s best time. The German Driver pointed out his frustration over the final result.
"It just didn't click, so from my point of view right from Q1 I wasn't able to extract any more from the car, we hovered around the same times," he said.
"We struggled to squeeze everything out from the tyres, from the car. I think it's fair to say we were just doing the same from Q1 to Q3, I wasn't really going with the track, unlike anyone else.
"We also had one run in Q1 with the softs, so Q2 was a bit compromised. In the end I don't think there was a big difference between the tyres.
"As I said, it wasn't the best day."