Valtteri Bottas took pole place for the Portuguese Grand Prix with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing a Mercedes front-row lockout in qualifying on Saturday.
Hamilton’s pursuit of a a centesimal pole at the monitor the place final 12 months he notched up his report 92nd win was delayed when Bottas earned the seventeenth of his profession.
“It’s a superb feeling to be on pole,” said Bottas.
He added: “Feels like it’s been a while. It’s been a weak point for me in the first two races. The team have been working hard all weekend and we have a good position for tomorrow.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, one level off Hamilton within the drivers’ standings, took third on Sunday’s grid along with his teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.
Carlos Sainz for Ferrari got here in fifth forward of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, in a McLaren, and Charles Leclerc within the second Ferrari.
Hamilton paid tribute to Bottas “and our group” for us both to be on the front row.
“It was not expected. We have to be happy for that, it was not the perfect lap but I gave it everything.
“You can never be satisfied, we exist to keep moving forward but I’m happy with what we’re doing and the steps we’re taking.”
Hamilton narrowly leads the 2021 championship after he received the opener in Bahrain earlier than his Dutch rival Verstappen hit again within the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.
This weekend the Briton is becoming a member of the social media blackout that includes a number of worldwide sports activities our bodies in addition to people in a protest over on-line abuse.
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