Lewis Hamilton beaten to Eifel Grand Prix pole by Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix in a fight with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Bottas grabbed top spot with his final lap to take pole by 0.256 seconds after Verstappen set the pace on the first runs in final qualifying. It was the closest Mercedes have come to being beaten in qualifying this year but Verstappen slipped back to third. Bottas’ lap brought to an end a run of five consecutive pole positions for Hamilton. 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. Hamilton went fastest with his final lap but Bottas leapfrogged him to take pole, two weeks after he won the Russian Grand Prix.

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