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Bottas on pole as Verstappen falls foul of track limits

May 1 2021
By Glenn Freeman

Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position for Formula 1’s Portuguese Grand Prix by 0.007s, while Max Verstappen had a lap fast enough for first place cancelled due to track limits.

Verstappen had his first flying lap of the session deleted after he got out of shape at Turn 4, and in correcting the moment, his Red Bull drifted outside of track limits.

His 1m18.209s lap was deleted, and nobody went faster than that through the rest of the session.

Bottas claimed pole during the first runs of the session, narrowly outpacing Hamilton. Mercedes switched both drivers from the soft compound to the mediums for their second runs, but neither could improve.

Verstappen went back out for his final lap without a time on the board, and he could only manage a time four tenths down on Bottas.

Sergio Perez completed an all-Red Bull second row of the grid, with Carlos Sainz Jr best of the rest for Ferrari in fifth.

Esteban Ocon Alpine F1

Sixth went to Esteban Ocon, who managed to continue Alpine’s strong form while team-mate Fernando Alonso failed to get out of Q2.

Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc qualified on the fourth row of the grid, ahead of Pierre Gasly. Sebastian Vettel was 10th, making his first Q3 appearance for Aston Martin.

George Russell missed out on getting Williams into Q3 by less than a tenth of a second, but his time was good enough to be fastest of the drivers eliminated in Q2 in 11th.

That put him ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo, and perhaps surprisingly, Alonso’s Alpine – the two-time world champion eight tenths slower than team-mate Ocon in Q2.

Behind Alonso were Yuki Tsunoda – who was nearly half a second slower than team-mate Gasly – and Kimi Raikkonen in the second Alfa Romeo.

Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise victim in Q1, being knocked out in the final moments by a late improvement from Ocon’s Alpine.

Lance Stroll was just behind him in 17th, as Russell’s traditional Saturday heroics for Williams meant two midfield runners were lost in the first segment.

The order was completed by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and a lockout of the back row for Haas, led by Mick Schumacher.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m18.722s 1m18.458s 1m18.348s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.857s 1m17.968s 1m18.355s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m19.485s 1m18.65s 1m18.746s
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull-Honda 1m19.337s 1m18.845s 1m18.89s
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m19.309s 1m18.813s 1m19.039s
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m19.092s 1m18.586s 1m19.042s
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.794s 1m18.481s 1m19.116s
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m19.373s 1m18.769s 1m19.306s
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1m19.464s 1m19.052s 1m19.475s
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m19.403s 1m18.97s 1m19.659s
11 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.797s 1m19.109s
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.41s 1m19.216s
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1m19.728s 1m19.456s
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1m19.684s 1m19.463s
15 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.748s 1m19.812s
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.839s
17 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m19.913s
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m20.285s
19 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1m20.452s
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 1m20.912s

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