In the absence of Lewis Hamilton, who’s optimistic for Covid-19, it’s his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas who took pole place this Saturday, on the Sakhir Grand Prix circuit in Bahrain.
No Lewis Hamilton? No drawback ! Finland’s Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) took pole place at the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain on Saturday forward of his weekend-lengthy teammate, Britain’s George Russell. The absence of the seven-time world champion, who examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Monday, won’t stop the dominant staff since 2014 from inserting its two single-seaters on the entrance row for the twelfth time in 16 races this season, Sunday at 8:10 p.m. native ( 6:10 p.m. French / 5:10 p.m. GMT).
The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), third in qualifying for the ninth time in 2020, prefers to have enjoyable. “I’m so used to sitting in this chair (reserved for the 3rd, editor’s note) that I have to keep my fingerprints,” he remarked at a press convention. On this monitor, which is simply 3.543 km lengthy and lined in simply over 53 seconds, pole was received for nothing between Bottas, Russell (at 026/1000) and Verstappen (at 056/1000). “It’s not my best qualifying but I’m glad it’s enough,” commented the first, the day after “complicated” free observe.
Russell, who usually performs at the again of the Williams grid, is between two emotions. “It’s frustrating to be so close but if I had been told last week that I would be in this position, I would have thought it a joke,” commented the 22-12 months-outdated. “First qualifying with Mercedes, 2nd less than a tenth, I can only be satisfied.”
Beyond the discovery of a brand new automobile and a brand new staff, the tall Russell (1m86) continues to be “not very comfortable” in his borrowed seat. “I’m tired and bruised, it won’t be an easy race,” he confides. But in such a quick automobile, you neglect the ache! ”
Already the podium?
The one who has by no means scored factors in F1 now aiming for the podium? (*1*)
The begin, already, shall be key for somebody who has misplaced the behavior of beginning at the forefront since becoming a member of Williams in 2019. Especially with a Verstappen fitted with softer tires – and subsequently quicker to take off. – in its wake. As a results of the forfeits of Hamilton and Romain Grosjean, injured in a horrible accident Sunday in Bahrain, two drivers make their GP debut this weekend: the Briton Jack Aitken, 25, at Williams (18th in qualifying) and the Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi, 24, grandson of Emerson, at Haas (twentieth and final).
Surprises in sight?
While the “qualifiers” have been calmer than anticipated, the profile of the exterior structure of the Sakhir circuit – quick, quick and distinctive in F1 – might hold some surprises in the race. With three lengthy straights and few turns, you need to count on to be “foot to the ground”, in line with Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren). The significantly excessive variety of laps (87) might additionally make site visitors a problem, with leaders rapidly pressured to slalom between the laggards.
In Formula 2, the title coveted by Mick Schumacher shall be awarded at the finish of the final race of the season, when the curtain rises at 3.20 p.m. (1.20 p.m. / 12:20 p.m.). Promoted to F1 with Haas in 2021, Michael’s son approaches this final rationalization with a lead of 14 factors (and a most of 17 but to be awarded). He will begin in third place, forward of his final rival for the crown, Callum Ilott, 4th. In Saturday’s race, the 21-12 months-outdated German climbed from 18th place on the grid to sixth on the timesheet. His quickest lap in the race allowed him to register as many factors (10) as the Briton, fifth.
Qualifying outcomes :
1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 53.377
2. George Russell (GBR / Mercedes) 53.403
3. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-Honda) 53.433
4. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) 53.613
5. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Racing Point-Mercedes) 53.790
6. Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri-Honda) 53.906
7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) 53.957
8. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault) 54.010
9. Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Honda) 54,154
10. Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point-Mercedes) 54.200
11. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault) 53,995
12. Alexander Albon (THA / Red Bull-Honda) 54.026
13. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) 54.175
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 54.377
15. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault) 54.693
16. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 54.705
17. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 54.796
18. Jack Aitken (GBR / Williams-Mercedes) 54.892
19. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 54.963
20. Pietro Fittipaldi (BRA / Haas-Ferrari) 55.426