Bottas on pole for Silverstone GP forward of teammate Hamilton

Silverstone, August 8

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate and championship chief Lewis Hamilton to assert pole place on Saturday for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Hamilton appeared on track to take his 92nd profession pole however he had a poor first sector on his ultimate run and Bottas clocked 1 minute, 25.154 seconds, 0.063 seconds forward of the six-time world champion.

It gave Bottas his first pole for the reason that opening race of the pandemic-delayed season in Austria, which he went on to win.

Hamilton received the subsequent three races from pole, together with final weekend within the British GP, to increase his championship lead over Bottas to 30 factors in his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title.

F1 is again at Hamilton’s house circuit of Silverstone this weekend for a race additionally closed to spectators because of the coronavirus restrictions.

“I wasn’t that great,” Hamilton stated.

“But Valtteri did a good job and deserved pole.” Bottas signed a one-year Mercedes contract extension earlier this week.

“The race tempo is there,” Bottas stated.

“So the first job is to get a good start off the line (on Sunday).” 

Nico Hulkenberg took a powerful third in his function as Sergio Perez’s alternative at Racing Point.

Perez stays side-lined with the coronavirus and Hulkenberg was the one driver inside one second of the Mercedes drivers.

The German driver certified 13th final week however failed to start out the race following a automotive failure.

“It has been a crazy seven or eight days,” he stated.

“Last week, we had the excessive of the comeback after which the low of not beginning on Sunday.

“I felt more prepared this week. I am surprised to stand here but there is a big smile on my face.” 

Max Verstappen took fourth forward of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo with Lance Stroll sixth for Racing Point.

Sebastian Vettel’s poor type in his Ferrari left him in 12th after the four-time world champion completed 10th in final Sunday’s race.

“It was all I had,” Vettel stated over the group radio.

“It was all I could get from this car. I tried.”

Vettel was signed by Ferrari to finish its barren run of world championships, which extends to Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. He is leaving on the finish of the season with Charles Leclerc, who certified in eighth, recognized because the group’s star of the longer term.

Lando Norris heads into his second house race in as many weeks in fourth spot within the championship and he’ll begin from 10th. McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz, who will change Vettel at Ferrari in 2021, completed 13th with Norris 4-1 up on the Spaniard in qualifying this season.

George Russell prolonged his unbeaten qualifying head-to-head with Williams’ teammate Nicholas Latifi to 5-Zero after he was 15th, three locations forward of the rookie Canadian.

Giuseppe Farina drove an Alfa Romeo to victory at Formula One’s first world championship race, right here at Silverstone 70 years in the past.

But the Italian group will see each drivers line up on the final row of the grid for Sunday’s landmark race, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Raikkonen 19th and 20th. AP

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