Valtteri Bottas Clinches Pole, Hamilton Plays Second Fiddle, Verstappen Occupies Third: Quali Recap

Shloke Sarkar

The qualifying session of the Portuguese Grand Prix saw lots of ups and downs, with expected pole sitters Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen dropping to second and third respectively, whilst Valtteri Bottas clinched Pole by a matter of 0.007 seconds in a display of skill.

P4 was held by Sergio Perez who finished ahead of Carlos Sainz in P5, managing to best teammate Charles Leclerc. Esteban Ocon shocked everyone with a P6 finish in the end, whilst Lando Norris finished 7th. Charles Leclerc, who had a handle on his teammate dropped down to P8, with Pierre Gasly in P9.

Sebastian Vettel, who was driving a slower car in comparison to Lance Stroll managed a Q3 appearance with a finish of P10. George Russell missed out on Q3 by a minor margin, with the driver ending up at P11.

Antonio Giovinazzi managed a P12 finish ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen who finished P15. Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda split the two Alfa drivers.

In a shocker, Daniel Ricciardo failed a Q2 finish, oddly ending up 16th. Lance Stroll ended up P17 despite being in a car with certain upgrades in contrast to Sebastian Vettel. Nicholas Latifi, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin rounded off the table.

With a Mercedes front row lockout, which was also the 71st out of the 141 races that have occurred in the hybrid era we might see another Mercedes win, but, do not count out Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez who are on soft tyres in contrast to the Mediums on both Mercedes cars.

Be as it may, today’s qualifying was a bit of an odd one, with the race seeming even more unpredictable when one compares the practice times and the quali results.

Also Read: FP3 Recap: Verstappen Finishes Fastest

Qualifying Results ( Valtteri Bottas On Pole)

  • 1  Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes1:18.348 
  • 2  Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+0.007 
  • 3  Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing+0.398 
  • 4  Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing+0.542 
  • 5  Carlos SAINZ Ferrari+0.691 
  • 6  Esteban OCON Alpine+0.694 
  • 7  Lando NORRIS McLaren+0.768
  • 8  Charles LECLERC Ferrari+0.958 
  • 9  Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri+1.127 
  • 10  Sebastian VETTEL Aston Martin+1.311
  • 11  George RUSSELL Williams
  • 12  Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing
  • 13  Fernando ALONSO Alpine
  • 14  Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri
  • 15  Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing
  • 16  Daniel RICCIARDO McLaren
  • 17  Lance STROLL Aston Martin
  • 18  Nicholas LATIFI Williams
  • 19  Mick SCHUMACHER Haas F1 Team
  • 20  Nikita MAZEPIN Haas F1 Team
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