US Grand Prix: Valterri Bottas storms to pole in close fight

Mercedes’s Valterri Bottas managed to clinch pole position for the US Grand Prix at COTA, in a session that saw the top five separated by 0.292 seconds.

Bottas was quick to set his lap in Q3, and as teammate Lewis Hamilton and both Ferrari’s attempted to usurp him, they were unable to match his time.

With his 11th pole position, the Finnish ace set the fastest ever time at the Austin circuit, 1m32.029s.

Photo: Mercedes AMG F1 (Twitter)

Sebastian Vettel was 0.012s slower in second, with Max Verstappen third some 0.067s off pole. Fourth placed Charles Leclerc was only 0.108s slower, with champion elect Hamilton 0.292s off his pole sitting teammate.

Alex Albon qualified sixth, ahead of the McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris – who topped Q1 – in seventh and eighth respectively, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in ninth and Toro Rossi’s Pierre Gasly rounding out the top ten.

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