| The wingman strikes again – Bottas edges out Hamilton for Portuguese Grand Prix pole

Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on May 01, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. Pole place qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP seems on in parc ferme throughout qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on Could 01, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal.

Photograph by Dan Istitene – System 1/System 1

Valtteri Bottas denied Lewis Hamilton his one centesimal pole place after beating his teammate to prime spot for Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix by simply seven-thousandths of a second.

Hamilton went into qualifying on the Algarve circuit decided to beat title rival Max Verstappen as he chased historical past, the primary driver to probably attain triple figures.

Ultimately, although, it was Bottas who pipped them each, taking pole place by 0.007s forward of Hamilton. Verstappen will line up third.

There was a short second of concern at Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas’ W12. The staff modified an engine sensor and he was on his approach and heading into qualifying.

with Bottas quickest general with eight minutes to go in Q1 with a 1min19.2, his teammate Lewis Hamilton had his opening lap time – a 1min18.7 – deleted for exceeding monitor limits. He joined a rising listing that included Charles Leclerc, Kimi Raikkonen and Nikita Mazepin.

Hamilton, Leclerc and Raikkonen all made it by however Mazepin didn’t, as soon as once more slowest of all in qualifying. He dropped out together with Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi and Mick Schumacher.

Bottas was quickest with a 1min18.722, ending forward of Lando Norris and Hamilton whereas Sergio Perez, regardless of a spin by the gravel at Flip 4, additionally made it by.

Q2 noticed Hamilton and Verstappen head out on the medium tyres with Bottas on the softs. That did not cease Hamilton from going P1, a 1min17.968. That put him half a second up on Bottas. Vertappen may solely handle P5.

Ferrari additionally opted for the mediums for Charles Leclerc with Carlos Sainz on the softs however the team-mates have been in jeopardy of dropping out, P8 and P9 with two minutes to go. They improved with George Russell lacking out on Q3 by 0.05s.

He dropped out together with Antonio Giovinazzi, Fernando Alonso, Yuki Tsunoda and Kimi Raikkkonen.

Q3 and it was as much as 10 males, though one may say realistically three, to determine pole place. Leclerc had only one request of Ferrari: “Do not ship me out with an excessive amount of visitors!” Alas qualifying and visitors go hand-in-hand.

Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas traded purples with the Purple Bull driver doing a 1min18.209 solely to lose that for monitor limits. Bottas went prime with a 1:18.348 to sit down on provisional pole, 0.007s up on Hamilton. Sergio Perez was third forward of Sainz. Verstappen pitted with out a time on the board.

Heading out for a second run, Verstappen went with the smooth tyres whereas the Mercedes team-mates opted for the mediums. Verstappen, although, fell brief, his time solely adequate for P3. That left it to Bottas and Hamilton to determine pole place.

Hamilton was half a second down after the second sector with Bottas not even bothering to finish his lap, taking pole place with a 1min18.348. Hamilton was second forward of Verstappen and Perez.

Sainz, Ocon, Norris, Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel, into Q3 for the primary time with Aston Martin, accomplished the highest ten.

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.348
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.007s
3 Max Verstappen Purple Bull 0.398s
4 Sergio Perez Purple Bull 0.542s
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 0.691s
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine 0.694s
7 Lando Norris McLaren 0.768s
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.958s
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.127s
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1.311s
11 George Russell Williams 1:19.109
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:19.216
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:19.456
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:19.463
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:19.812
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:19.839
17 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:19.913
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:20.285
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:20.452
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:20.912