Valtteri Bottas fights like a lion for his diminishing chance to win the Formula One World Championship.
The Finnish secured the pole position for the United States Grand Prix on Saturday somewhat surprisingly. did not exceed fifth place on his declared favorite route in Austin/Texas with almost three tenths of a delay.
This rank would still be convenient for the 34-year-old British on Sunday, to put on the WM crown for the sixth time and to move up to a title of world record champion Michael Schumacher.
Hinter Bottas, who in 1:32029 minutes improved Hamilton’s track record from the previous year, Ferrari-Star Sebastian Vettel took the second starting point.
Even before Hamilton start, Red Bull-Ass Max Verstappen (Netherlands) and Vettel’s Monegasque teammate Charles Leclerc from row two. Renault pilot Nico Hilkenberg goes from rank eleven to the thirtieth season race.
I am very happy,”Bottas said after the eleventh pole of his Formula One career:”This gives me a good feeling for the race. I have the speed, I will concentrate on it tomorrow.”
A visibly satisfied vettel who will go to the 100th time from the first row into a Formula-1 race, explained:”From my side in the starting position it looks shorter from one direction. I hope for a good start and then for a good race.”
An impressive Ferrari series ended in Austin: In the previous six races, the Scuderia always presented the pole-setter –under the line however,”only”three victories emerged. On the other hand, Mercedes has for the first time since the Grand Prix of Germany at the end of July regained the best starting point.
Already ranking eight is enough Hamilton for the WM crown
Hamilton failed this time on the varied route in front of the gates of the Texas capital, In the last three years he has been on pole and won in five out of seven conditions.
However, the Brit does not have to shine on Sunday at all. Already ranking eight is enough for Hamilton to set up the World Cup crown on his own. If Bottas does not win, the 83-time Grand Prix winner does not even have to reach the goal for the title win.
Hamilton had, however, stated in advance that he wanted to win his sixth title “in a reasonable way” preferably with a win, Like 2015 at the same place.
Overnight the track was smoothed in the curves one and nine at the Circuit of the Americas after numerous riders had stumbled over the ground waves. Vettel spoke of “Schanzen”, Hamilton complained after the first free workout about the intense vibrations of headaches. In fact, the biggest inequalities could be clearly eliminated.