Bottas: A poet and he didn’t know it

Date published: May 11 2019

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas summed up his red flag incident in poetic style; the final sector continues to be a bit of a handful for Ferrari…

Here is how qualifying day unfolded in Spain:

Another race weekend, another bold hat colour from Lewis Hamilton. Let the rumours begin…

A much more overcast start to the day compared to Friday, a slight risk of rain keeping everyone on their toes…

There was news of some more upgraded parts. This time for the McLaren duo and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg who all took on new ICEs, new turbochargers and MGU-Hs.

All was calm and serene at the start of final practice, until Sebastian Vettel went for a big spin…

And Valtteri Bottas brought out the red flags after beaching his cold-tyred W10 at Turn 5. D’oh!

Turns out Bottas is a poet and he didn’t know it…

George Russell ensured there was an early end to FP3 with another red flag. The Williams FW42 did not fancy the high speed corner.

Things looked rather ominous ahead of qualifying. Ferrari looked mighty through the first sector but the Mercedes W10 comes to life in some style over the rest of the lap.

Heading into Q1, FP3 leader Hamilton was half a second quicker than Vettel and Leclerc.

Impressive showing from Haas too!

Nico Hulkenberg and George Russell were the early Q1 spinners, and then they nearly hit each other for good measure.

Kubica ended Q1 slowest, joined in elimination by Williams team-mate Russell, neither of those stats being a surprise.

Giovinazzi, Stroll, again, and Hulkenberg joined them in falling at the first hurdle.

After Bottas ended Q1 as top dog, Hamilton naturally struck back early in Q2 with a new track record.

Perez, Raikkonen, Sainz, Albon and Norris were the Q2 casualties, meanwhile Bottas set a track record of his own to upstage his team-mate and finish fastest again. Ferrari were well adrift.

A 1:15.406 for Bottas on his first Q3 attempt – cups of tea were being spat back at screens around the world.

The answer was no, nobody could respond. The Finn continues his dominace with pole for the Spanish Grand Prix.

For Ferrari, they will be better served keeping an eye on Verstappen who is intent on furthering their misery.

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