“Medium-high speed, the grip is very, very high, the faster you are going the harder it is to be inch-perfect. Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Saturday with the Finn's team mate and Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton locking out … Bottas now has now started at the front four times in 2020 but has only converted pole to a victory once, that being at the season opener in Austria. On the track, Hamilton appeared to have saved his best for when it really mattered. All the British teams are in one boat so it would be a common issue for all these teams but I am sure we can overcome it up the road as we have already seen this year.”. Valtteri Bottas says the risk taking he took to grab pole position for the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix left him with the 'shakes' at the end of qualifying. This race will not be affected, but the teams are understood to be expecting to have to adapt when restrictions are applied, with four more meetings scheduled this season. “For me, the Turns 2/3 was something I was working on all day and I only got there at the end,” he added. Valtteri Bottas has qualified on pole for Formula 1 's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. For the majority of Saturday’s running, Bottas tended to be quicker than Hamilton in the early parts of the lap but lost time in the final sector. Renault’s Esteban Ocon was in 12th, with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel 14th. — Formula 1 (@F1) October 31, 2020 Bottas also topped Q1 and Q2 on Saturday but trailed Hamilton by a tiny margin after the first runs of the pole position shoot-out. George Russell muscled the Williams to P14. Valtteri Bottas snatched pole position for Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a dramatic late lap in qualifying at Imola on Saturday. “Also in the last two corners I was struggling all day, every time I tried to go for it I struggled with the instability of the car but I knew in the last lap I had to try and I risked it and the car just managed to turn in nicely- it was good!”. F1 had to come up to speed quickly at Imola, it is trialling holding this meeting over two days rather than the usual three, with a view to adopting the format in the future. The Finn failed to top FP1 but was quicker than the Brit in both Q1 and Q2, although he had some difficulties in the latter due to getting a lap-time deleted. Imola Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for Sunday’s race at Imola, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, but it was Pierre Gasly who stole the show in qualifying.. Click here for our complete results from Qualifying – 2020 Imola Grand Prix. Mercedes had failed to take pole only once all year before Abu Dhabi - and that was in … “I’m really enjoying this track, when you push flat out it’s beautiful. Valtteri Bottas says he “had the shakes” after securing pole position for the Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix.. IMOLA, Italy — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was narrowly beaten by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying for the F1 pole position Saturday at … The sport has conducted 60,000 tests, with 54 positive results over four months. However, with the British government to initiate a second lockdown in England on Thursday, there was concern as to how elite sport would be affected. On the second hot runs he found even more time with a flawless execution, putting almost a tenth on Hamilton, who admitted he had not been happy with his second attempt. He’s expecting it to be a challenge doing so again but is looking forward to it nonetheless. “I’m pretty certain you’ll see a boring race,” he said. Last modified on Sun 1 Nov 2020 04.37 GMT. I hope I’m wrong.”. “There are never easy pole positions,” he told Sky after the session. Bottas ousted Hamilton from top spot on the grid at Imola with his final flying lap, edging his Mercedes team-mate by 0.097s with a time of one minute 13.690secs for the 15th pole of his Formula 1 career … “It’s a great feeling when you can find those and I definitely had the shakes after. It was good fun.”, Get your hands on the official Mercedes 2020 collection via the Formula 1 store. Go behind the scenes and get analysis straight from the paddock. Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton to claim pole position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Formula One returned to Imola. This is the Finnish Driver's 15th pole position. After the first runs in the final session, he was trailing his team-mate, but did enough on his final lap to take pole by just under a tenth of a second in an effort that left him shaking. Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page. That wasn’t the case in the final runs, and he puts his improvement down to taking risks. Mercedes pair complete yet another lockout at Imola, F1 confident an English lockdown would not stop it racing. “We are quite flexible in terms of adapting to new circumstances. It was not enough as Bottas came back with a superb lap. Share: 9. “I really enjoyed this track,” Bottas said. Valtteri Bottas beat George Russell in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, but only by 0.026s as Mercedes' temporary Formula 1 line-up battled for pole… Home U.K. “The situation is dynamic, but there is no change. The beaming grin said it all, Valtteri Bottas unable to contain his delight at claiming pole for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll went out in 11th and 15th. “When you push flat out, it’s beautiful. Valtteri Bottas claimed his 15th pole position but first at Imola while Red Bull did a mega job to ensure a spark plug didn’t end Max Verstappen’s qualifying. Both drivers expressed their admiration for the high-speed challenge of the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas snatched pole position from Lewis Hamilton for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in a qualifying session that caused Red Bull and Max Verstappen some heart-stopping moments. Bottas takes Imola pole position from Hamilton on final lap 2020 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix qualifying Posted on . An all-Mercedes … The McLaren principal, Andreas Seidl, reflected their confidence. We still plan to go ahead with all the races,” he said. Valtteri Bottas says that he was shaking after completing the Q3 lap that ensured he beat team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, to pole position. The next round is in two weeks in Turkey, set to be followed by a triple-header, beginning on 19 November with two races in Bahrain and then concluding in Abu Dhabi. https://www.planetf1.com/news/valtteri-bottas-imola-pole-position-shakes His confidence is high, as is that of F1 in continuing to go racing as talk in the paddock centred on the consequences of a full national lockdown in England next week. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi were in 18th and 20th, with the Williams of Nicholas Latifi in 19th. Valtteri Bottas powered to pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Saturday with the Finn's team mate and Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton locking out … F1 IMOLA LIVE: Red hot Daniel ... Lewis Hamilton heaped praise on his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Saturday after the Finn had beaten him to pole position … This will be the season’s 13th race of the planned 17. I would be really surprised if it’s a great race to watch. Mercedes, however, are in every position to make history of their own. Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Davide Gennari Valtteri Bottas snatches Imola F1 pole from Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas takes Emilia-Romagna GP pole by 0.097s as Lewis Hamilton is denied; Max Verstappen survives an engine scare in … Valtteri Bottas en route to taking pole at Imola for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna F1 GP for Mercedes. Heading into qualifying, it was clear that Bottas was the only man who could beat Hamilton with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen not quick enough. Valtteri clinched pole position, marking his 15th career Formula One pole position, and fourth pole of the season Lewis finished the session in P2, just under a tenth of a second behind his teammate The result marked the 10 th front row lockout of the 2020 season for the team Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Racing Point, Haas and Renault are based in England. Valtteri did a great job.”, Hamilton was less certain of the prospects of a memorable grand prix. “It is a really intense lap,” he said. Hamilton still holds the whip hand in the world championship race. Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole for Formula 1's 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, with Max Verstappen third despite needing a rapid Q2 spark plug change 31 Oct 2020 2020 Emilia Romagna GP Qualifying: Bottas snatches brilliant Imola pole position. Bottas had led through Q1 and Q2, but on his first lap in Q3 Hamilton had the edge, quickest with a time of 1min 13.781sec, three-hundredths up on his teammate. “It’s one of the longest runs in the calendar into Turn 1 so no doubt Lewis and Max will be chasing me, but it’s a good place to start from. Max Verstappen has denied Mercedes a final front-row lockout of the season by snatching pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying for the year-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Back to all videos. Lewis Hamilton admitted a "poor" final qualifying lap scuppered his hopes of beating Valtteri Bottas to pole position on F1's return to Imola at the Emilia-Romagna GP. Valtteri Bottas pipped his record-breaking teammate Lewis Hamilton to score his 15th pole position for the qualifying session in the first race at Imola since 2006. Home News Imola pole position lap left Bottas shaking. The Finn driver swiveled through the corners and managed the tricky chicanes to give his team the pole position. The Finnish driver beats his teammate for just the fourth time on a Saturday in 2020 but ensures that Mercedes' 100% pole position record remains intact this season. “Yes, it’s going to be good fun,” the Finn concluded. Hamilton was a close second after he mess up his last lap. Verstappen's pole position was just his third in 119 F1 races. Valtteri Bottas snatches a brilliant pole position from his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. Bottas snatches pole from Hamilton on F1’s return to Imola. Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but much of the talk surrounded the likelihood of a … Max Verstappen wasn't strong enough to split the two Mercedes drivers and will start Sunday's race from third-place. Alexander Albon was in sixth for Red Bull, Charles Leclerc in seventh for Ferrari. George Russell took 13th for Williams. They lead Red Bull by 209 points and a fourth-placed or better finish from either driver would be sufficient to seal their seventh consecutive title. There was no practice on Friday, instead one session of an hour and a half on Saturday yesterday morning. Yet to cross the line as Mercedes looked to have nailed down the 1-2, Verstappen went purple in the middle sector on his way to a 1:35.246 and his first pole position … Daniil Kvyat was in eighth for AlphaTauri and the McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz in ninth and tenth. Imola pole position lap left Bottas shaking. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were in 16th and 17th for Haas. He leads Bottas by 77 points, with five races remaining, and although he cannot claim the title here he could at the next round in Turkey. F1 and the FIA did not issue any official statement but it is understood F1 believes that given teams and personnel were allowed to travel to races during the first period of restrictions, exemption from travel restrictions will also remain. The pace is good, so, game on.”. JONATHAN McEVOY: Lewis Hamilton was denied a record-extending 98th pole position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola - by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. I knew I had to push in the last lap and it’s a great feeling when you get those.”, Hamilton concurred. Valtteri Bottas (left) is congratulated by his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after taking pole for the Emilia Romagna F1 GP at Imola. How ‘underrated’ Bottas upstaged Hamilton for Imola F1 pole. Bottas claimed pole with an immense lap here, back on the calendar for the first time since 2006, denying Hamilton by a tenth of a second, with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen half a second down in third. I knew I had to improve in the last lap and found those small gains that we needed. The teams declined to comment since no government guidance had been issued in the immediate aftermath of qualifying, but they are confident they can carry on given the success of F1’s Covid protocols. Don't miss a Formula 1 moment – with the latest news, videos, standings and results. 'It was part of what we did': Hill and Herbert on life and death in Formula One | Giles Richards, Lewis Hamilton moved to be racing at circuit where Ayrton Senna lost his life. F1. This glorious, old-school track has delighted the drivers and beating his dominant teammate, Lewis Hamilton, will have doubtless thrilled the Finn. IMOLA, Italy - Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was narrowly beaten by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for pole position Saturday at the … “After Turn 1 it is going to be a train as there is nowhere else to pass. Lewis Hamilton described his performance in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as “p--- poor” after he was beaten to pole position by Valtteri Bottas. Pierre Gasly was an impressive fourth for AlphaTauri and Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Renault.