News : Formula 1 qualifying in Portugal: Valtteri Bottas prevents Lewis Hamilton’s 100th pole
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took pole position at the Portuguese Grand Prix. The Finn will start on Sunday (4 p.m., TV: Sky) from first place on the grid, ranks two and three went to Hamilton in the other Mercedes and Red Bull driver Verstappen. Bottas only distanced his team mate by seven thousandths – and prevented his 100th pole position.
Leaders Hamilton and Verstappen only separate one point in the championship standings, and in the third race of the season neither of them is on pole for the first time.
Formula 1 newcomer Mick Schumacher finished the qualification in 19th place in the Haas and did not get past the penultimate place. Michael Schumacher’s son was again faster than his Russian team-mate Nikita Masepin.
Surprisingly, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo was also eliminated in 16th place in the first round of the start chase for the third round of the season. The second McLaren driver, Lando Norris, came in seventh. Team boss Andreas Seidl did not seem completely satisfied, not even with Norris’ placement. You had the potential for third place, he said on Sky.