Valtteri Bottas was ecstatic after pipping Lewis Hamilton to secure pole for F1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Mercedes duo were separated by mere thousandths of a second as the Finn ensured he’ll start at the very front of the grid for Sunday’s race.
Bottas and Hamilton proved, once again, they’re the class of the field with a second separating pole-sitter Bottas from third-fastest qualifier Nico Hulkenberg of Racing Point.
Bottas was unable to hide his delight as he claimed Mercedes’ eighth consecutive pole at the Northamptonshire circuit.
“It feels good,” said Bottas. “I just love qualifying, especially when it goes well. It’s a good feeling. It’s really nice to get P1.
“I’m proud of myself and proud of the car. Setup-wise, we made good steps from last week and that’s why the qualifying performance was better today than last week.
“Really pleased with that and proud to drive this amazing car. It’s so quick.”