Bottas takes pole for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix as Hülkenberg shines

Hamilton 2nd, Verstappen 4th


By Olivier Ferret

8 August 2020 - 16:32
Bottas takes pole for 70th Anniversary

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to take pole position for Formula 1:s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, as Nico Hulkenberg took to third for Racing Point in his just his second weekend back in the sport.

Hamilton led the way ahead of the final runs of Q1, with the Briton setting the pace with a lap of 1:26.818, set on soft tyres. That left him just under two tenths of a second ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third thanks to a lap of 1:27.154.

The Dutch driver’s team-mate, Alex Albon, was finding thew going tougher though and after a mistake on his opening run he went into the final runs in P16, in the drop zone ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Räikkönen and the Williams of Nicholas Latifi.

However, on his final flying lap the Red Bull driver he set a good time of 1:27.153 to rise to P3, 0.001s ahead of fourth-placed Verstappen. At the top of the order, Bottas took over in P1 ahead of Hamilton with a lap of 1:26.738.

Further back, AlphaTauri’s Dany Kvyat had his final lap deleted for exceeding track limits and that put him 15thin the closing moments. And when Renault’s Esteban Ocon improved to P8 with his final lap, Kvyat was eliminated in P16 ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and the Alfa Romeos of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen.

In Q2 most drivers went out on medium tyres, except Williams’ George Russell, who stuck with softs, and Verstappen who chose the more radical option of hard compound Pirellis.

Bottas set the pace with a lap of 1:25.785 ahead of Hamilton and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo who was enjoying a good session. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth and Verstappen slotted into fifth place.

At the end of the middle segment 11th-placed Ocon exited the session along with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Williams driver Russell. Ocon was later hit with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Russell in Q1.

In the final runs of Q3, Hamilton set the early pace with a time of 1:25.284 with Bottas second ahead of Ricciardo and Hulkenberg. Verstappen and Albon on mediums, took P5 and P6 respectively ahead of Leclerc, Stroll, Gasly and Norris.

Hamilton made an improvement in the final run, finding around six hundredths of a second. But Bottas was able to find more and he took pole position with a lap of 1:25.514.

Behind the Mercedes pair it might have been expected that Verstappen, now on soft tyres, would take third and though he improved by 0.256s to a time of 1:26.176 it wasn’t good enough to beat surprise package Hulkenberg who went just under a tenth quicker to claim third place in just his second weekend in the Racing Point.

Behind the top four Ricciardo took fifth place ahead of the second Racing Point of Stroll. Pierre Gasly scored an excellent seventh place for AlphaTauri with Leclerc eighth for Ferrari. Alex took ninth place with a time of 1:26.669 and he’ll start alongside 10th-placed Lando Norris.

Pos.DriverTeamQ1 timeQ2 timeQ3 time
01 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W11 1:26.738 1:25.785 1:25.154
02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W11 1:26.818 1:26.266 1:25.217
03 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:27.279 1:26.261 1:26.082
04 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16 1:27.154 1:26.779 1:26.176
05 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS20 1:27.442 1:26.636 1:26.297
06 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP20 1:27.187 1:26.674 1:26.428
07 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:27.154 1:26.523 1:26.534
08 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF1000 1:27.427 1:26.709 1:26.614
09 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda RB16 1:27.153 1:26.642 1:26.669
10 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL35 1:27.217 1:26.885 1:26.778
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11 Esteban Ocon Renault RS20 1:27.278 1:27.011
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF1000 1:27.612 1:27.078
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL35 1:27.450 1:27.083
14 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:27.519 1:27.254
15 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43 1:27.757 1:27.455
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16 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda AT01 1:27.882
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-20 1:28.236
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43 1:28.430
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:28.433
20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C39 1:28.493

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