Bottas storms to pole position in São Paulo

Valtteri Bottas claimed his third career pole position – his first at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace and third of the 2017 season, second and third place for the Scuderia Ferrari drivers. Sebastian Vettel posted a time of 1’08”360 to line up ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen whose best lap was a 1’08”538 on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von Brasilien 2017. Valtteri Bottas
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Brazilian GP 2017. Valtteri Bottas

Both SF70Hs ran the Soft and Supersoft tyres over the three qualifying sessions, which were held under cloudy skies that produced a few drops of rain towards the end.

Valtteri Bottas

It was so close in qualifying, as it always tends to be in Brazil. I knew going into the last run in Q3 that I had to improve if I wanted to be on pole. I could feel and see that I was improving corner after corner. It’s such a good feeling to get everything together in the end. It was very unfortunate that Lewis wasn’t there for Q2 and Q3. So it was up to me to deliver for the team, and I’m very happy that I could. I have the clear goal to still try and become second in the Drivers’ Championship. Having a good target makes everyone in the team work harder, including myself. It’s going to be important to have a good, clean race tomorrow, but it won’t be easy, the Ferraris are very quick as well. Turn 1 and 2 are always tricky in Interlagos, but hopefully I will get a good getaway so there won’t be any issues. It’s only my third pole position, so I will very much like the view from the starting line tomorrow.

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