A hat-trick of poles for Bottas

An overwhelmed Valtteri Bottas .  

Championship leader Valtteri Bottas grabbed pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix when he outpaced his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a tightly-contested qualifying session.

The Finn, who leads the defending five-time champion by a single point in this year’s title race, completed a hat-trick of successive poles this year after taking the prime grid position in both China and Azerbaijan.

Bottas clocked a stunning track record lap of 1min 15.406sec to finish six-tenths clear of his British teammate.

With Hamilton second, it gave Mercedes another front row lock-out and suggested this year’s title race may become a duel between the two Silver Arrows drivers.

Vettel third

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was third ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari and Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull.

“I really enjoyed that,” said Bottas. “The adrenaline rush you get from laps like that is great so I am really pleased.

“The season has started well, the way I hoped for, and I feel better in the car.”

Top six rows: Front row: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2nd: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda); 3rd: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Pierre Gasly (Red Bull-Honda); 4th: Romain Grosjean (Haas-Ferrari); Kevin Magnussen (Haas-Ferrari); 5th: Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso-Honda), Lando Norris (McLaren-Renault); 6th: Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso-Honda), Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren-Renault).

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