F1 Eifel Grand Prix : Lewis Hamilton beaten to pole by Valtteri Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas seized pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row of the grid at the Nuerburgring.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had been on provisional pole after the first flying laps of the final session at the German circuit, qualified in third place with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fourth.

Bottas’s pole was his third of 2020 and an 11th in 11 races this season for Mercedes but this one looked in the balance right to the end.
“It’s such a nice feeling when you get it on the last lap, with the last chance,” said the Finn after celebrating his 14th career pole. “The last lap in Q3 (the final phase) was spot on.”

Bottas is 44 points behind six times world champion Hamilton, who will still fancy his chances of a record-equalling 91st career win on Sunday at a track that last hosted an F1 race in 2013.

“Valtteri did a great job so congrats to him,” said the Briton. “There’s a lot to play for tomorrow so I need to get my head down.”

It was the Finn’s third pole of the year, his previous ones coming at the opening race in Austria and the second Silverstone race, the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Verstappen was quickest on the first runs in final qualifying by 0.068secs, with Hamilton a further 0.013secs adrift.

Hamilton went fastest with his final lap but Bottas leapfrogged him to take pole, two weeks after he won the Russian Grand Prix.

“It’s such a nice feeling when you get it on the last lap and that was pretty much spot on,” Bottas said.

Hamilton said: “He did a great job, so congrats to him. There’s a lot to play for tomorrow.”

Verstappen said: “In Q3 when it really mattered I started understeering too much which cost me a bit of lap time. We are getting closer towards Mercedes, which is positive. A little bit disappointed, I was expecting a little more but I can still be happy.”

F1 Live Stream Eifel GP 2020, Start Time, and Broadcast Channel

What Channel is Streaming F1 Eifel GP LIVE in India?

The STAR Sports network has the broadcast rights of the 2020 F1 season. It can also be viewed on STAR’s OTT platform Hotstar.

Sunday (October 11)

  • Final Race: 6:40 pm IST

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