Lewis Hamilton happy for 'exceptional' Valtteri Bottas after Bahrain pole

Rosalie Stanley
April 17, 2017

"Today he was just quicker, and did a better job, so hats off to him". "The ultimate fighter always wants to go into the best battle that he can have because then, when you come out on top, it is just so much more satisfying".

"We've made a really good job this weekend to focus on the evening conditions and to get a lot of lap time out of this auto in slightly cooler conditions".

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was fourth ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

"It's a lot of races without a Finn on pole", Bottas said.

Shyly, Bottas acknowledged that, yes, the first pole of his career made him feel pretty good. "It's my fifth season now in Formula One so it took a few races (to be exact) but I've got it and hopefully it's the first of many".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who won the season-opener in Australia, was third-fastest. It constituted a disappointing performance for the Scuderia who appeared to have an edge on the Mercedes in Friday practice.

New Mercedes driver Bottas' previous-best race finish was two second places for Williams and it is the first time that Mercedes have managed to lock out the front row of the grid this season, the 48th time they have done so.

In Q2, Fernando Alonso's McLaren never turned a lap, having suffered yet another power unit failure.

To add insult to injury, a grid penalty now looms for the Spaniard.

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He added: "We've certainly got to make sure that when we get in there, we concentrate more on finishing and hitting that target". Thankfully, others are having similar problems - notably Arsenal, who would normally take a top four spot for granted.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, left, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain pose after the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhi.

Vettel was unsure as to why Ferrari lost time on their rivals.

"Four tenths was a lot more than I expected", conceded Vettel.

"The more time you spend with the auto and driving it, you get more at one with the vehicle". The Finn hasn't been able to get to grips with the 2017 Ferrari auto yet and described himself as "struggling like insane with understeer" after his opening Q3 run. "I think this is another step in his development, which is not finished yet, towards great achievement". "Mercedes are concerned about rear tyres".

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his auto during the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, April 15, 2017. The. Usually it's a stronger point for me.

Of the Renaults, Nico Hulkenberg ended up 5th in the session, which is massive for the rebounding team.

Beyond the top three teams, Renault grabbed seventh and 10th with Hulkenburg and Palmer, Felipe Massa is eighth for Williams and Romain Grosjean put his Haas in ninth.

He headed that session with 1m 29.535s to Bottas's 1m 29.555s and Vettel's 1m 29.596s - six hundredths covering the three of them.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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