Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the pole position for the 70th Anniversary Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, England. Bottas was the fastest, beating Lewis Hamilton, who was second fastest in qualification, Saturday (8/8/2020).
Bottas managed the pace in each of the qualifying segments, but fell behind after the first round in the third qualifier (Q3), as Hamilton streaked to the top of the timesheets. However, Bottas took a critical position and finished 0.063 seconds ahead of the six-time world champion. This was Finn’s first pole since the opening round in Austria.
“When you start from pole, you can only aim to win the race,” said Bottas, who signed a one-year contract extension for Mercedes earlier this week, as reported by Formula 1.
‘The pace is there so the job is to get a good start off the line and get off the ground. there.’
While Hamilton, who is 30 points ahead of Bottas in the drivers’ standings, admits Bottas is doing a good race. ‘I wasn’t that good, but Valtteri (Bottas) did a good job and deserved the pole. For me, it wasn’t the perfect last lap.’
Nico Hulkenberg impressed in his role as a substitute for Sergio Perez at Racing Point and finished third.
Perez remains sidelined due to being infected with the coronavirus, and Hulkenberg is the only racer who clings to the Mercedes duo in one second.
Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen took fourth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Renault with Lance Stroll sixth for Racing Point. Sebastian Vettel’s poor form for Ferrari put him in 12th place.
Four-time world champion Vettel was at a loss for words after finishing 10th last weekend when team-mate Charles Leclerc finished third.
And on Saturday (8/8/2020), he was eliminated in Q2 and will start Sunday’s race (9/8/2020) from 12th on the grid, two places worse than last week.
‘That’s all I have,’ Vettel said over the radio.