Sir Lewis Hamilton was denied his 100th pole position by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who fought the windy conditions in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The world champion was not feeling at ease in his Mercedes for much of the weekend. And he could not improve on his final flying lap, finishing seven-thousandths off the pace set by the Finn.
It is Mercedes’ first lockout of the season. Max Verstappen will start third, having had the fastest time of the day deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 4, with his Red Bull pal Sergio Perez was fourth best. Then comes the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz in fifth.
Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position over his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Portugal
Sir Lewis Hamilton was denied his 100th pole position by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas
The Finn fought the windy conditions in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix
Bottas took pole with his first run in Q3.
McLaren’s Lando Norris qualified seventh best, a place behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and a place ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Daniel Ricciardo, in the second McLaren, was way down in 16th.
George Russell impressed for Williams, beating his team-mate Nicholas Latifi yet again and will start 11th, with the Canadian down in 18th.
Max Verstappen will start third, having had the fastest time deleted for exceeding track limits
Russell almost made it into Q3, which would have been a feather to wear in his bonnet, but missed out by 0.05sec.
It was nice to see Sebastian Vettel back in some sort of groove after his travails of recent weeks – and months and years – in making it into Q3. The German dug deep and will start 10th.
The strength of his performance was highlighted by Lance Stroll, in the other Aston Martin, qualifying a distant 17th, half a second slower than the four-time world champion.
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