F1 2019: Dominant Bottas beats Hamilton to Pole in Spain

Mercedes Valterri Bottas bounces from a spin in FP3 to take Pole Position by over 6 tenths ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a distant 3rd.

11/05/19

After spinning out in FP3, Valterri Bottas bounced back to secure his 3rd consecutive Pole Position. With Lewis Hamilton in 2nd, it was clear to see which team had come out on top. That team was Mercedes who were clearly quicker, especially in the final sector, than Ferrari.

The first of the Ferrari’s, Sebastian Vettel, was 3rd quickest and surprised by the qualifying gaps to Mercedes but was optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s race. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to split the Scuderia drivers by going 4th quickest ahead of the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who damaged his SF90 after contact with the kerbs in Q2 which compromised his Q3 run.

The second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly was 6th quickest ahead of the Haas duo of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in 7th and 8th. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded-out the Q3 session in 9th and 10th. Although, Ricciardo suffers a 3 place grid drop after reversing into Kvyat at the Azerbaijan GP last time out.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was 11th quickest with team-mate and home-favourite, Carlos Sainz Jr in 13th after handling troubles and running wide in Q2 ruined his chance at Q3. The Spaniard is still confident in the car’s pace and with a free choice of tyre, there might be a good shot at points come tomorrow.

The other Renault of Nico Hulkenberg suffered another poor Saturday. The German ran wide on his 1st lap in Q1, locking-up, taking to the gravel trap at turn 4 and making slight contact with the barrier. Hulkenberg was able to reverse out of the barrier and then make it back on track, dumping gravel across the track and losing his front wing in the process. He made it back to the pits where his mechanics repaired the damage and therefore able to go back out on track at an attempt to get into Q2 but was unsuccessful where he was classified in 16th.

The Williams drivers, who had swapped chassis’s this weekend, were 19th and 20th with George Russell ahead of Robert Kubica. Russell ended FP3 in the barrier after spinning at turn 4 but put in a fantastic lap, albeit for 19th, just over 4 tenths away from the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi in 18th and over 1 second ahead of Kubica.

Spanish Qualifying Result

1.Bottas  2.Hamilton  3.Vettel  4.Verstappen  5.Leclerc  6.Gasly  7.Grosjean  8.Magnussen  9.Kvyat  10.Ricciardo  11.Norris  12.Albon  13.Sainz Jr  14.Raikkonen  15.Perez  16.Hulkenberg  17.Stroll  18.Giovinazzi  19.Russell  20.Kubica

 

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