Bottas puts pole down to overnight setup change

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Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas says that he and his team solving the problems that he faced in Friday’s practice sessions was key to him getting pole position.

The Mercedes man, who struggled in FP1 and Fp2, went 0.012 seconds faster than Sebastian Vettel to take his fifth pole of the season.

“I am really happy about that, it was a nice lap at the beginning of Q3 to get those kinds of laps, and on a track like this it is a good feeling,” he said after the session.

“Yesterday was tricky, there many things not quite right with my car but we managed to find all the reasons and it was good work this morning with finding all the details and good time.

“I knew how to bring it together but to bring it together was a nice feeling for Q3.”

The Finn can take his fourth win of the season on Sunday, surpassing his 2017 tally, but he was keen to pint out that there’s a long way to go.

“We’ve seen recently normally on Sundays we’ve been competitive, so it’s very good starting from pole here,” Bottas added.

“There are some corners that are difficult to follow for the cars behind, and we have the pace. That will be the only thing in my mind for tomorrow.

“Only a very, very small part of the weekend is done.”

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