Bottas ‘glad’ he could ‘stand up’ for Mercedes


Valtteri Bottas was delighted he was able to step up for Mercedes and bag pole position in Brazil following Lewis Hamilton's crash.

Bottas has been out-of-sorts at certain stages this season, but came out on top in a close battle with Sebastian Vettel in qualifying and pipped him to pole position by 0.038 seconds.

It is the first time since the summer break that Bottas has been able to out-qualify his team-mate Hamilton and his performance sparked big celebrations in the Mercedes garage.

"I feel good. Still a bit shaky but it's a good feeling," Bottas said in the post-qualifying interview.

"It was so close with Sebastian all through the qualifying but I got a good lap at the end.

"Lewis out in the beginning was a shame for us but I'm glad I could stand up for us and the team.

"It's really good to start on pole here. We have a good car and it will still be close with Ferrari and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."