Everybody was expecting a good battle for the pole position between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. But, much to everybody’s surprise Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas took the pole position in Bahrain Grand Prix 2017. He will start at the pole position followed by Lewis Hamilton who will be chased by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
But, whatever be the result of the qualifying race, Mercedes would be happy that they would be starting at top two positions in the race. It has been long time dominance of Mercedes in F1 races. This dominance would continue in Bahrain GP also and they would hope that they secure top two positions in the race also.
The qualifying race started with an expectation that the fans would see a great fight between Hamilton and Vettel for the pole position. Vettel who is currently at the top of the driver’s championship at this moment leveled on 43 points with Hamilton, had said already said that Ferrari could win the driver’s championship this season. Hamilton started the race with a great intensity. The intensity shown by Hamilton indicated that he has only one motive that is to win this race and takes the top position in the driver’s championship table.
Bottas just managed to beat Hamilton in the race to pole position. He beat Hamilton by 0.02 seconds to secure pole position. But what happened after the race surprised everybody. Hamilton celebrated Valtteri Botta’s victory like he his own. This behaviour surprised the fans as he was in strong rivalry with Nico Rosberg when he was his partner.
Bottas said,” It is early days to speak about the title fight, and it is going to be as is a massively long season, but I feel like I am in the game. The main point is tomorrow so there is no point starting to dream about anything.”
After the Bottas win, Hamilton said,” He has been working so hard and jelled so well with the team. Today he was just quicker and did a better job, so hats off to him. He is getting stronger and stronger.”
Final positions after qualifying:
1. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull – TAG Heuer
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari
6. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull – TAG Heuer
7. Nico Huelkenberg (Ger) Renault
8. Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams-Mercedes
9. Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas – Ferrari
10. Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault
11. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso – Renault
12. Lance Stroll (Can) Williams-Mercedes
13. Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber – Ferrari
14. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India – Mercedes
15. Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren
16. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso – Renault
17. Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren
18. Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India – Mercedes
19. Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber – Ferrari
20. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas – Ferrari