F1: Valtteri Bottas on the Pole at Bahrain Grand Prix
MercedesAMG team driver Valtteri Bottas, 27 anni, now believes the fight for the world championship is now a 3-way battle after secured his 1st F1 Pole position.
The formative rounds of this new Formula One season have been played out against the backdrop of Lewis Hamilton Vs Sebastian Vettel in what is dubbed the “rivalry for the ages”.
But the Key title contenders may now have to make room for a 3rd after Mr. Bottas, the driver who replaced Nico Rosberg at MercedesAMG this season, turned in the finest driving of his career under the lights in Bahrain Saturday.
It was Mr. Hamilton who wanted to claim his 7th consecutive Pole only for team mate Bottas to edge him out in a thrilling qualifying session.
Mr. Bottas delivered when it mattered edging Mr. Hamilton by just 2/100’ths of a sec on 3.4-mi Desert circuit.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel lines up in 3rd, was /10’ths of a secslower than Mr. Bottas, but his Ferrari should be closer to the MercedesAMG in race trim. Daniel Ricciardo qualified 4th for Red Bull.
|After Saturday qualifying; Race Sunday|
|At Bahrain International Circuit|
|Lap length: 3.36 miles|
1. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 1:28.769.
2. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, Mercedes, 1:28.792.
3. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Ferrari, 1:29.247.
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 1:29.545.
5. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 1:29.567.
6. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 1:29.687.
7. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Renault, 1:29.842.
8. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Williams Mercedes, 1:30.074.
9. Romain Grosjean, France, Haas Ferrari, 1:30.763.
10. Jolyon Palmer, Britain, Renault, 1:31.074.
11. Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Toro Rosso, 1:30.923.
12. Lance Stroll, Canada, Williams Mercedes, 1:31.168.
13. Pascal Wehrlein, Germany, Sauber Ferrari, 1:31.414.
14. Esteban Ocon, France, Force India Mercedes, 1:31.684.
15. Fernando Alonso, Spain, McLaren Honda, 1:32.054.
16. Carlos Sainz, Spain, Toro Rosso, 1:32.118.
17. Stoffel Vandoorne, Belgium, McLaren Honda, 1:32.313.
18. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Force India Mercedes, 1:32.318.
19. Marcus Ericsson, Sweden, Sauber Ferrari, 1:32.543.
20. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas Ferrari, 1:32.900.
2017 Bahrain Grand Prix – TV Time USA
Race: CNBC 10:30a EDT 16 April USA
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