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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole at Portuguese GP-Sports News , Novi Reporter”

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole at Portuguese GP-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter”

Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, one level off Hamilton within the drivers’ standings, took third on Sunday’s grid along with his teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.

Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole at Portuguese GP

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, proper, congratulates teammate Valtteri Bottas after he clocked the quickest time throughout the qualifying session forward of the Portugal Grand Prix. AP

Portimao: Valtteri Bottas took pole place for the Portuguese Grand Prix with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing a Mercedes front-row lockout in qualifying on Saturday.

Hamilton’s pursuit of a a hundredth pole on the observe the place final 12 months he notched up his file 92nd win was delayed when Bottas earned the seventeenth of his profession.

“It is a good feeling to be on pole,” stated Bottas.

He added: “Feels prefer it’s been some time. It has been a weak level for me within the first two races. The staff have been working exhausting all weekend and we’ve place for tomorrow.”

Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen, one level off Hamilton within the drivers’ standings, took third on Sunday’s grid along with his teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.

Carlos Sainz for Ferrari got here in fifth forward of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, in a McLaren, and Charles Leclerc within the second Ferrari.

Hamilton paid tribute to Bottas “and our staff” for us each to be on the entrance row.

“It was not anticipated. Now we have to be completely satisfied for that, it was not the right lap however I gave it the whole lot.

“You possibly can by no means be happy, we exist to maintain transferring ahead however I am pleased with what we’re doing and the steps we’re taking.”

Hamilton narrowly leads the 2021 championship after he received the opener in Bahrain earlier than his Dutch rival Verstappen hit again within the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

This weekend the Briton is becoming a member of the social media blackout that includes a number of worldwide sports activities our bodies in addition to people in a protest over on-line abuse.

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Updated: May 1, 2021 — 8:50 pm

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