Valtteri Bottas claims pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton completes a front-row lockout for Mercedes with Max Verstappen starting in third

Lewis Hamilton will begin his quest to draw level with Michael Schumacher’s victory record from second on the grid after he was beaten to pole position by Valtteri Bottas for the Eifel Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas has claimed pole position for the Eifel Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Bottas is 44 points adrift of Hamilton in the standings, but his pole lap here will give him hope that he could yet provide his team-mate with a championship fight over the concluding seven rounds. What a qualifying session by Valtteri Bottas and it’s a front-row lockout for Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton starting second. Bottas is just 0.068 seconds slower than Verstappen while Hamilton is 0.081. Who’s going to get pole here at the Nurburgring?. Hamilton and Bottas were the first men out for the second qualifying session and both are on the medium compound tyre – the tyre they’ll be starting tomorrow’s race on. Valtteri Bottas finished fastest in practice for the Eifel Grand Prix as Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was sidelined through illness. Valtteri Bottas went fastest in the practice but can he claim pole ahead Lewis Hamilton?.

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