Bottas beats Hamilton to pole ahead of Portugal GP

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Valtteri Bottas beat his Merceded compatriot Lewis Hamilton to take Pole Position ahead of Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

The Finn set a time of 1:18.348, just 0.007s better than the time set by the Briton, who will have to wait longer for his 100th pole position.

Bottas pole position at the Algarve International Circuit will mean three different drivers have taken pole in as many races this season.

The Finn will be hoping his qualifying form extends to the race, having crashed in the Italian GP.

The Silver Arrows will start the race pressured by Red Bull, whose drivers locked the second row as Max Verstappen took third position as Sergio Perez took fourth.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was best of the rest in fifth ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who clocked just 0.003s slower than the Spaniard.

McLaren’s Lando Norris qualified seventh, ahead of Charles Lecrec, Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel in that order.

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