Bottas, who has just renewed his contract with the world champions, with all the distraction now out of the way, beats reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton on his home ground to score his 13th pole position at the 70th anniversary of the GrandPrix. After qualifying he revealed he had to push the boudnries of his car and skills to put his W11 ahead of his championship rival and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
“I knew I'd have an opportunity to improve on the second run in Q3 and I pulled the sectors together, I got absolutely everything out of myself and the car,” Said the Pole sitter.
Furthermore, he added that tweaks to the car set-up helped him have had better run in Qualifying and secure the pole position. As in Free Practice sessions Lewis Hamilton was marginally faster than his teammate the setup changes helped Bottas improve his times going into the Qualifyings.
“We made some tweaks to the set-up from last weekend and for me the performance was much better today”
After first two sessions of Qualifying’s, Bottas had already sent a message to his colleague in other W11 that this Qualifying session won’t be like one of those Lewis Hamilton weekends, where he will just easily score another pole to add to his tally. But it wasn’t until the last runs when Valtteri Bottas might have been afraid that he will just lose it but he answered Lewis with blistering lap time of 1:24.154, outpacing him by just 0.062s. Bottas expressed his delight that his Pole Position felt special and he is in love with his Mercedes W11.
“Pole today feels really good. It's a privilege to drive this amazing car - it's so quick. I love qualifying when it's like that, it was great fun.”
About the tyre strategy and dilemma he had to face in dyeing stages of last week’s race, denying him of possible P2 he expressed one-stop strategy will be difficult and team will be looking for options tomorrow.
“A one-stopper will be difficult with the compounds we have this weekend - but I know the team will be looking at all the options for tomorrow. I think the race pace is there and I hope I can get another good start like last weekend. I'm in a good position for the race, but we all know that the points are given on Sundays.”
Bottas has won the last two races, he has started from pole position and eyes a strong finish to tomorrows race, after he had a horrible race last weekend, which saw him end up with no points after the tire drama hit him just three laps before the chequered flag