Formula 1’s first qualifying session of 2017 has come to an end with Lewis Hamilton taking a 62nd career pole position in a cut-throat fight between Mercedes and Ferrari.
For Hamilton’s new team mate, Valtteri Bottas, his time of 1:22.481 was only good enough for 3rd place on tomorrow’s grid, a result which he has described as “not ideal.”
He was surprisingly pushed to third place in the closing stages of Q3 following a late resurgence of pace from Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.
“I’m not satisfied,” admitted Bottas during the post-qualifying press conference.
Despite this negative review of himself, both Pat Symonds – a former Technical Director at Bottas’ old team, Williams – 1996 Word Champion, Damon Hill, and Lewis Hamilton himself all said, and I quote, “he’s done a great job.”
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) March 25, 2017
Bottas will be joined on the 2nd row by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was 6 tenths off his countryman’s pace.
The Australian Grand Prix will quick off at 6pm AEDT on Sunday, 26th of March.