To the surprise of everyone it was Russian GP winner: Valtteri Bottas, who managed to steal pole at the Eifel GP. Lewis Hamilton after scoring pole successively in last races, wasn’t able to hinder the good form Bottas is carrying this weekend.
In press release by Mercedes Amg F1, Valtteri couldn’t hide his joy of getting the pole at the historic track of Nurburgring and finally ending the pole streak of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and said:
“It feels great to be on pole position here and I really enjoyed that session. It’s such a nice feeling when you get it with your last chance in Q3.”
According to the pole sitter it was the last sector which mattered the most for him as he was struggling in that sector throughout the Qualifying but in his second run of Q3, he was able to nail and went purple in all three sectors.
“That final lap was spot on. I was struggling a little in the first sector beforehand, but I managed to get it right in the end. Obviously, it was pretty tricky with just one practice session and the cold conditions, so getting the tyres in the sweet spot on the out lap was really important and I managed to get them in the window.”
Without the Friday running its hard to predict the race tomorrow as during the Qualifying Red Bull of Max Verstappen was within the touching distance of that’s what Bottas thinks and agrees with.
Bottas reckons tomorrow will be a new day and without the Friday sessions its an open race and anything can happen but he is aiming high and will try his best to reach the top step of the podium.
“It’s a new day tomorrow and is going to be an interesting race, especially with the lack of running we’ve had here and the temperatures. I’ve only got one goal for tomorrow, so hopefully I can have a good start and we’ll see what happens from there.”