Valterri Bottas has taken his first pole position in Formula 1 for tomorrows Bahrain Grand Prix, starting alongside team mate Lewis Hamilton.
The pair were separated by just two hundredths of a second at the line, after Bottas improved on his initial run to go provisional pole. When Hamilton set his final lap, the three-time world champion seemed to have a poor middle sector which stopped him from improving on his previous lap and allowing Bottas to snatch pole.
Sebastian Vettel qualified third on the grid ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who splits the two Ferrari’s for the first time this season on the grid with Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top ten.
Nico Hulkenberg got his Renault into the top ten by qualifying in seventh ahead of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean who also got his Haas into Q3 again after suffering setbacks in China last weekend. Jolyon Palmer rounded out the top ten by making his first appearance in Q3 in his F1 career, although he believes there is more to come after putting his ERS in the wrong deployment mode on his lap.
Palmer got into Q2 for the first time this season after he managed to improve on his final run in Q3 which put him into the top ten, and caused Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz to get into the drop zone.
Neither were able to improve their lap times though, after the latter stopped with engine issues again which caused yellow flags to come out and stopped Perez and Kevin Magnussen from improving their runs. They were joined by Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne who will start towards the rear of the field.
Daniil Kvyat was the best of the rest in Q2, narrowly missing out on a Q3 spot after making a mistake heading into the final corner. He will start 11th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, who made an impressive return to F1 by starting in 13th just a couple of tenths behind Lance Stroll in the Williams. Fernando Alonso meanwhile didn’t run because of a Power Unit issue, which means he starts from 15th place tomorrow.