F1 racing

What the teams said – Qualifying in Portugal


Bottas started out the day in quality style, selecting up in which he left off yesterday. By means of comparison Hamilton become scrappy, strolling through the gravel as he appeared uncharacteristically off the tempo. Even at the begin of qualifying it was all Bottas as the Finn sailed through to Q3 with none troubles, at the same time as his group mate needed to do a 2nd run in Q2 after locking up and consequently starts offevolved the race on older medium tyres. however right inside the very last moments of Q3, Hamilton’s choice to go for a 2nd flying lap paid dividends, as he snatched pole at his team mate’s rate.

Valtteri Bottas, 2nd, 1:16.466

“Because it had labored for me in Q2. it has been tricky to get clean laps this weekend and the final one for me changed into first rate but no longer best – that is the project of a song and a surface like this. So of path, a touch disappointing no longer to be on pole after topping the instances most of the weekend, but I may be combating for the win from P2 the next day.”

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“Lewis for three. in the end, it got here all the way down to only a tenth of a 2d between them in a amazing conflict, with Lewis taking pole on his very last lap and Valtteri jogging a little extensive in the second region at turn eight, until which point he were barely ahead on the delta time. Anyways, it’s set for an fascinating conflict the following day: We don’t have an excessive amount of facts on how the tyres will behave, and each our motors will begin on the medium compound; Verstappen then again starts on gentle, and has a sparkling medium tyre for the race, so that it will supply him a few distinctive approach alternatives. It’s looking like an thrilling Grand Prix, specially with some rain showers within the forecast too.”