New Cars and Bikes in India

F1: Bottas Beats Russell To Pole Position For Sakhir GP, Verstappen To Start At P3

Valtteri Bottas qualified with a time of 53.377s, beating Russell by a gap of just 0.026s. The Williams driver is filling in this weekend for 2020 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

The 2020 Sakhir GP starts with a front row lock out for Mercedes, followed by Verstappen & Leclerc expand View Photos
The 2020 Sakhir GP starts with a front row lock out for Mercedes, followed by Verstappen & Leclerc

It's a front-row lockout for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix on Sunday as Valtteri Bottas secured the pole position followed by his temporary teammate George Russell starting second. Bottas qualified with a time of 53.377s, beating Russell by a gap of just 0.026s. The Williams driver is filling in this weekend for 2020 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Max Verstappen starts in the second row and closely matched the pace of the Mercedes cars, with a gap of just 0.056s behind the pole-sitter. The top ten drivers were separated by less than a second.

8oi4ls54

Making slow progress over the practice sessions, Bottas dominated qualifying beating Hamilton's lap time from last week

The Mercedes drivers' first efforts at setting a lap time were on used tyres, which meant both Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc topped the timesheets. However, the W10s went out again on the new medium tyres in the middle segment of the session and set the timesheets on fire. Bottas was the first to set the fastest lap time, which incidentally was 30s faster than that of Hamilton on the same circuit last week. Meanwhile, Russell was 0.142s adrift from Bottas.

With the final runs left, Russell managed to improve his time and closed the gap to 0.026s, in what was his first time competing in a Q3 session. Verstappen secured third running on softs, while Leclerc secured fourth and starts from the second row. The driver had only one set of new softs and did not go out again to set a new lap time after the initial run at the start of the Q3.

jvtapiv4

Charles Leclerc set a flying lap at the start of Q3, enough to secure P4 ahead of Sergio Perez

Newsbeep

That was enough though to stay ahead of Racing Point's Sergio Perez, who starts at P5, followed by AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat. Daniel Ricciardo of Renault starts from P7, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr in the McLaren. Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri starts from P9, ahead of Lance Stroll in the Racing Point. Esteban Ocon in the Renault starts at P11, ahead of Alex Albon in the second Red Bull car, followed by Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari at P13.  The driver attempted to get through Q2 on mediums but could not improve his time on softs in the final runs.

eu1tj5c

Max Verstappen starts from the second row tomorrow alongside Charles Leclerc

0 Comments

Starting behind Vettel will be Antonio Giovinazzi in the Alfa Romeo, Lando Norris in the McLaren and Kevin Magnussen in the Haas car. Williams drivers' Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken, filling in for Russell, start at P16 and P17 respectively. Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen and Pietro Fittipaldi (filling in for Romain Grosjean) at Haas complete the grid for the Sakhir GP.

For the latest auto news and reviews, follow carandbike.com on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You might be interested in

New Car Models