Third round of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship. The Finnish speedy Valtteri Bottas grabs his first ever F1 pole position on Saturday, beating his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to top spot on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton was just 0.023 slower than Bottas’s lap of 1 minute 28.769 seconds to secure the first front row lockout of the season for the reigning champions Silver Arrows.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, joint title leader with Hamilton after two races, will start in third place. Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth ahead second Ferrari man Kimi Raikkonen and young Formula 1 sensation Max Verstappen.
Mercedes, who won the race last year with Rosberg, have taken five successive poles in Bahrain.