Bottas secures pole for Spanish grand prix as he finishes a hugely impressive 0.634sec quicker than Lewis Hamilton
- Valtteri Bottas secured pole position for Sunday’s Spanish grand prix
- Bottas finished 0.634sec quicker than Lewis Hamilton, a remarkable margin
- Bottas secured his third pole in succession as he continues to impress
Valtteri Bottas planted himself slap, bang in the title picture by tearing to a convincing pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The new meaner, bearded Finn was 0.634sec quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton – an almost unheard of margin.
This was Bottas’s third pole on the bounce. ‘Great,’ he screamed over the radio. His belief is surging.
Valtteri Bottas celebrates after securing his third pole in succession
Bottas secured pole position for the Spanish grand prix
Bottas finished ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying
Hamilton reflected that his performance in qualifying was ‘ultimately not good enough’
‘Ultimately not good enough,’ said Hamilton, the five-time world champion who trails Bottas by a point at the head of the standings.
Sebastian Vettel was third quickest, almost nine-tenths back, but ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, who was fifth. Max Verstappen was an impressive fourth fastest for Red Bull.
There has been no great Ferrari revival this weekend. It is Mercedes in charge.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be in third place for Sunday’s race
Nico Hulkenberg ended up in the wall at turn four and ended up going out in Q1
Lando Norris, the McLaren newcomer from Somerset, was 11th but outshone his team-mate Carlos Sainz 13th.
The other British rookie George Russell, 21, out-qualified his Williams team-mate Robert Kubica for the fifth consecutive time. He was massive 1.2 ahead of the Pole.
Russell’s impressive performance came after he crashed his car in third practice and damaged his gearbox, incurring a five-place grid penalty that leaves him right at the back of the field for the start of Sunday’s race.
SPANISH GP QUALIFYING RESULT
1 Bottas (Fin) Mercedes
2 Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes
3 Vettel (Ger) Ferrari
4 Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull
5 Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari
6 Gasly (Fra) Red Bull
7 Grosjean (Fra) Haas
8 Magnussen (Den) Haas
9 Kyvat (Rus) Toro Rosso
10 Ricciardo (Aus) Renault
11 Norris (Gbr) McLaren
12 Albon (Tha) Toro Rosso
13 Sainz (Spa) McLaren
14 Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo
15 Perez (Mex) Racing Point
16 Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault
17 Stroll (Can) Racing Point
18 Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo
19 Russell (Gbr) Williams
20 Kubica (Pol) Williams
Renault suffered a miserable afternoon, with Nico Hulkenberg going out in the first qualifying session after damaging his front wing when he ran off the road and Daniel Ricciardo only just squeezing through. They qualified 10th and 16th.
Ricciardo has a three-place penalty for reversing into Daniil Kvyat in Baku a fortnight ago. His demotion means Norris will start 10th.
McLaren newcomer Lando Norris was 11th but outshone his team-mate Carlos Sainz
Ricciardo finished tenth but has a three-place penalty for his actions in Baku a fortnight ago
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