Qualifying Report – Pipped

Valtteri Bottas was the fastest driver in all three practice sessions for the Portuguese Grand Prix, and he was fastest all through qualifying until the very last minute when his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton pipped him for the pole. Bottas clocked the fastest time in Free Practice 3 with a lap of 1:16.654. Then Verstappen dipped below the 1:17.00 mark to grab the lead only to be dislodged by Hamilton who turned a 1:16.828. The fastest 15 drivers who moved on to Q2 were: Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas, Gasly, Perez, Leclerc, Albon, Vettel, Norris, Ricciardo, Sainz, Stroll, Ocon, Kvyat and Russell. Bottas clocked a 1:16.466 to take the lead ahead of Perez, Norris and Verstappen at the 10 minute mark. The fastest 10 drivers who moved on to Q3 were: Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen, Perez, Sainz, Norris, Gasly, Leclerc, Albon and Ricciardo (who had a spin on his last lap). Verstappen took third ahead of Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Albon and Norris. The top 10 qualifiers were: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez, Albon, Sainz, Norris, Gasly and Ricciardo.

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