F1: Valtteri Bottas takes stunning pole in Barcelona

Spanish Grand Prix

Bottas and others rounding a bend image credit: Antonio Moles [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

By Jamie Downes (@JamieDownes11)

Valtteri Bottas produced a lap of mercurial talent to take pole position tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes achieved a 1-2 grid lock out in Barcelona.

The Finn’s first lap in qualifying 3 was more than half a second quicker than teammate Lewis Hamilton’s best effort.

Ferrari once again failed to live up to expectations, with Sebastian Vettel a distant third and Charles Leclerc fifth.

Bottas, the world championship leader was the man to beat on Saturday. After a difficult third practice, where the Finn spun his Mercedes, Bottas found form during qualifying.

Hamilton on his first Q3 run made several errors, and when the time came for the final timed laps, the track temperature had risen several degrees, making faster laps impossible.

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly split the Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc, qualifying 4th and 5th respectively. Verstappen especially is expected to be a thorn in the side of the prancing horse for the majority of the race on Sunday.

Russell impresses in the Williams

Elsewhere, Haas proved they were “the best of the rest”, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen placing 7th and 8th.

Lower down the field, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, competing in his home Grand Prix, was outqualified by teammate Lando Norris.

George Russell arguably put in his best qualifying experience in the maligned Williams, placing just 4 10ths of a second behind Antonio Giovinazzi in the much faster Sauber, and 1.2 seconds ahead of teammate Robert Kubica. It is sometimes tough to recognise talent when in slower machinery, but Russell must be commended for the job he is doing in such a terrible car.

The 2019 Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled for lights out at 2:10pm (GMT) tomorrow, the 12th of May. For a full race report and for all things F1, Nerve is the place to be.