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BOTTAS TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE SAKHIR GP

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BOTTAS TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE SAKHIR GP

Bottas takes pole position for the Sakhir GP, just 0.026s ahead of team-mate Russell on his Mercedes debut. Verstappen takes third, with Leclerc and Perez completing the top five.

Valtteri Bottas defeated new team-mate George Russell to claim pole position for Formula 1’s Sakhir Grand Prix, where just 0.056 seconds covered the top three cars.

Mercedes drivers Bottas and Russell were separated by 0.026s at the end of Q3, while the Red Bull of Max Verstappen ran them very close around the 53-second lap.

Charles Leclerc put in one of the surprise laps of the session to claim fourth in his Ferrari, only running once in Q3 while the Mercedes drivers did three runs.

Sergio Perez took fifth for Racing Point, while Daniil Kvyat’s only lap of the Q3 as the chequered flag came out was good enough to put him sixth on the grid.

2020 F1 SAKHIR GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS.DRIVERNAT.TEAMQ1Q2Q3
1Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team0:53.9040:53.8030:53.377
2George RussellGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team0:54.1600:53.8190:53.403
3Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing0:54.0370:53.6470:53.433
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari0:54.2490:53.8250:53.613
5Sergio PerezMEXBWT Racing Point F1 Team0:54.2360:53.7870:53.790
6Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0:54.3460:53.8560:53.906
7Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team0:54.3880:53.8710:53.957
8Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team0:54.4500:53.8180:54.010
9Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda0:54.2070:53.9410:54.154
10Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point F1 Team0:54.5950:53.8400:54.200
11Esteban OconFRARenault F1 Team0:54.3090:53.995 
12Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing0:54.6200:54.026 
13Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari0:54.3010:54.175 
14Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen0:54.5230:54.377 
15Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team0:54.1940:54.693 
16Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team0:54.705  
17Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing0:55.796  
18Jack AitkenGBRWilliams Racing0:54.892  
19Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen0:54.963  
20Pietro FittipaldiBRAHaas F1 Team0:55.426  

Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz Jr filled row four of the grid, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll.

Esteban Ocon failed to make it two Renaults in Q3, narrowly missing out in 11th. He’ll share the sixth row of the grid with Alex Albon, who suffered another painful Saturday afternoon in the second Red Bull, having complained after his first run of Q2 that he didn’t feel he could go any faster.

Sebastian Vettel, whose car was running with the engine he used in Friday practice after Ferrari decided to change it at the end of FP3, claimed 13th.

Antonio Giovinazzi was 14th, having won the battle of the ‘Class C’ cars in Q1 in the absence of the Russell/Williams combination that has so often left the other five drivers in the slowest three teams eliminated at the first stage of qualifying.

He wasn’t slowest in Q2 though, as Lando Norris was 15th. The McLaren driver aborted the first lap of his final run, then pitted at the end of his second attempt despite having set personal best times through the first two sectors.

F1’s two debutants, Jack Aitken at Williams and Pietro Fittipaldi at Haas, were both out in Q1.

Aitken appeared to have a shot at outqualifying team-mate Nicholas Latifi, but he had to settle for 18th – under a tenth behind the Canadian after running wide at the final corner on his final lap.

Fittipaldi was slowest, but he was always destined to start the race from the back of the grid due to penalties for taking new engine components.

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