dglobalnews.com Valtteri Bottas 'proud' of Mercedes despite losing pole in Baku
Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Valtteri Bottas 'proud' of Mercedes despite losing pole in Baku

Valtteri Bottas 'proud' of Mercedes despite losing pole in Baku

Ricciardo's crash with just three minutes on the clock then threatened to scupper Hamilton's chances as all cars were forced to return to the pits, but he picked up where he left off on hi final set of supersofts and, despite Bottas posting his own improvement, Hamilton beat the Finn by almost half a second.

Hamilton's 66th pole position lifted the 32-year-old into outright second place in the record books behind only seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, on 68.

But for Vettel, who heads Hamilton in the title race by 12 points heading into the eighth round of the season, his morning was plagued by a technical problem.

The qualifying session will also be held today as part of the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The qualifying session of the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has ended, Trend news agency reports.

Behind the Mercedes and Ferrari font rows, Max Verstappen took fifth for Red Bull followed by the Force Indias of Perez and Ocon, the Williams of Stroll and Massa was next and the last of the top ten was Ricciardo who crashed out in Q3. I wasn't quite comfortable with the tire temperatures.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second, 0.095 seconds behind the leader.

"I think it's one of the tracks where you need to have the vehicle in the window and tyres in the window, and then, if you feel confident, you extract a lot of lap time as well".

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The British driver received a vote of confidence from Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul despite crashing during Friday's session, but finished at the bottom of the standings here after completing just four laps.

"Yesterday we were at a bit of a loss and we had to make a lot of changes overnight", said Hamilton, who was 10th in P2. "It is going to be a long, hard race but we are in the best position to start." concluded Hamilton, evidently euphoric after such an outcome.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer had barely started when his vehicle ground to a sudden halt on the second turn and burst into flames, leaving him in last place.

"I was going for the pole and the lap wasn't quite flawless".

Sebastian Vettel: "The result is okay, but obviously I am not entirely happy and this qualifying didn't help". I don't have excuses, I could have done better.

Fernando Alonso, already hit with a 40-point grid penalty, failed to advance past Q1 for the first time this season, while Jolyon Palmer did not take part in qualifying after a fire in his auto during Saturday morning's practice.

Both McLarens were eliminated in Q1 but will start from the back of the grid due to engine penalties, while Jolyon Palmer is likely to start from the pit lane after an engine fire in FP3 scuppered his hopes of taking part in qualifying.

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