Finnish Valterri Bottas took pole position in the Portuguese Grand Prix after qualifying this Saturday in Portimao. He is ahead of his teammate, the British world champion Lewis Hamilton, for a 100% Mercedes front row. While Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start in third position, the French Pierre Gasly and especially Esteban Ocon will start in the top 10.
Lewis Hamilton’s 100th pole position will wait … For only seven thousandths, the British world champion was deprived of first place on the starting grid of the Portuguese Grand Prix, which will take place on Sunday in Portimao (start at 4 p.m.) . His teammate Valterri Bottas was the fastest on Saturday after qualifying. The Finn signs his 1st pole of the season, the 17th of his career.
The Red Bulls behind the Mercedes
Small disappointment for Max Verstappen. The one who seems to be Hamilton’s great rival this season could not do better than the third fastest time in Q3. However, he had set the best time of these qualifying sessions, which was finally canceled because the driver overstepped the limits of the track by having a “little scare” at turn 4. The Dutchman from Red Bull will start in the second row behind the Flèches silver but in front of his teammate Sergio Perez. Verstappen. Suffice to say that the battle between Mercedes and the Austrian team for leadership in the F1 world championship promises to be tasty.
Ocon and Gasly well placed
Great promises also for French pilots. Coming out unscathed in Q1 and Q2, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) will start respectively in sixth and ninth positions. Australian Daniel Ricciardo, a newcomer to McLaren, only posted a “disappointing” 16th time, failing to “complete a good lap” in the first part of qualifying.
As a reminder, with a success (and a pole) each, Hamilton and Verstappen are almost equal in the world championship, with a small point in advance for the seven-time world champion, that of the best lap at the GP of Emilia-Romagna. .