Valtteri Bottas described his third-consecutive pole as an “adrenaline rush” after he blew away his competition at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Drivers’ Championship leader Bottas took P1 on the grid for Sunday’s race by a 0.634s margin over team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who suffered a suspected battery issue that compromised his start to Q3.
“I really enjoyed that, enjoyed the adrenaline rush you get from driving those laps,” Bottas told reporters in Spain.
“It feels obviously really good. Quite a big margin as well,” he reflected.
“All I can say is that in qualifying I was really focussing on myself, in getting those corners right that I felt I could still improve. So run-by-run I always knew next time I could improve here and how to do it.
“I’m surprised by the big gap over Lewis, it’s bigger than I would have expected. I don’t know how Lewis’ lap was, but this time, everything went right on my lap.”
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Bottas’ domination of the weekend so far was spoiled only by a spin which caused him to miss out on top spot in FP3, but he admitted the key to getting back into his zone was forgetting the incident completely.
“Practice 3 was difficult obviously with the spin, so I just forgot that and moved on,” he said. “By the time [we got to] Q3, it was getting better and better.
“I managed to get everything together and it’s such a nice feeling when you get it right and see the laptime.
“It was a really enjoyable, nice lap,” he continued. The car was behaving and doing what I asked of it. As a team, we’ve done an incredible job, and I’m proud of the recovery from a difficult FP3.”
Understandably, Bottas isn’t paying much attention to his one-point Championship lead at such an early stage of the season, but knows how important victory at the Spanish Grand Prix would be.
“It’s started well this season,” he acknowledged. “The way I’ve hoped for. I feel better and better in the car.
“I’m not a big fan of numbers,” Bottas said when asked about the title battle. “At at this point of the season there’s no point in thinking too much about numbers.
“Right now, it’s just all about the moment.”
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