Valtteri Bottas has managed an absolutely phenomenal lap on the Barcelona “Circuit de Catalunya” which brought him his third pole position of the season.
A flawless performance from the German team once again on this circuit, where no one has managed to put them in trouble for 6 consecutive years now. Valtteri Bottas managed a phenomenal lap during his first outing in Q3 and finished the session being six-tenths faster than his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
His final time was 1m15.406s, the only time under 1m16s. More than enough for P1 and 0.634s faster than Lewis Hamilton who will line up on the front row of the grid next to his colleague.
Sebastian Vettel put in a time nearly 9 tenths slower than the leader and will leave from third position on the second row where he will be joined by Red Bull’s first driver, Max Verstappen.
Charles Leclerc made a mistake in Q2 that caused some damage to the bottom of his car, which caused him another minor exit in Q3. His final time was enough for fifth position, but it was more than a second slower than Valtteri Bottas. So only three cars were ranked within one second of the driver on pole position.
Pierre Gasly will leave from sixth position for with his Red Bull followed by the two Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen who will form the fourth line of the grid, ending in P7 and P8 respectively.
Meanwhile, the last row of the grid inside the top 10 was completed by Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso and Daniel Ricciardo for Renault. Both drivers were more than two seconds slower than Valtteri Bottas. A worrying fact for Formula One?
Mercedes’ dominance therefore continues in Barcelona for the sixth consecutive season, and for the fifth consecutive race of the 2019 season. Ferrari has not yet been able to make the slightest trouble to Mercedes even despite the arrival of new engines, upgrades to the car and regardless of weather conditions. Has the final result for this season already been set? We will see tomorrow, with the Barcelona race starting at 15:10 Central European Time.
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