Bottas beats teammate for pole

By on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the fastest time during Qualifying.

His fast lap of 1:28.769 set a new track qualifying record and was .023 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton held the previous track qualifying record of 1:29.493 set last year in Q3, and Bottas’ pole-winning time beat it by .724 of a second. This is Bottas’ first career Formula One pole and the Bahrain Grand Prix will mark his 80th career start.

Qualifying results:

1.  V. Bottas           Mercedes           01:31.041           01:29.555           01:28.769            
2.  L. Hamilton           Mercedes           01:30.814           01:29.535           01:28.792  
3.  S. Vettel           Ferrari           01:31.037           01:29.596           01:29.247  
4.  D. Ricciardo           Red Bull           01:31.667           01:30.497           01:29.545  
5.  K. Raikkonen           Ferrari           01:30.988           01:29.843           01:29.567  
6.  M. Verstappen           Red Bull           01:30.904           01:30.307           01:29.687  
7.  N. Hulkenberg           Renault           01:31.057           01:30.169           01:29.842  
8.  F. Massa           Williams           01:31.373           01:30.677           01:30.074  
9.  R. Grosjean           Haas           01:31.691           01:30.857           01:30.763  
10.  J. Palmer           Renault           01:31.458           01:30.899           01:31.074  
 
11.  D. Kvyat           Toro Rosso            01:31.531           01:30.923              
12.  L. Stroll           Williams           01:31.748           01:31.168              
13.  P. Wehrlein         Sauber           01:31.995           01:31.414              
14.  E. Ocon           Force India           01:31.774           01:31.684              
15.  F. Alonso           McLaren           01:32.054                
 
16.  C. Sainz Jr.           Toro Rosso           01:32.118                
17.  S. Vandoorne           McLaren           01:32.313                
18.  S. Perez           Force India           01:32.318                
19.  M. Ericsson           Sauber           01:32.543                
20.  K. Magnussen           Haas           01:32.900                

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