Bottas and Russel bag pole positions at the qualifying

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In the qualifying round for Sunday’s Sakhir Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas bagged his fifth pole position of this season. In the intense qualifying round Bottas outrun his teammate, George Russel for Sunday’s race. 
At the last short outer loop of Bahrain’s international circuit, Bottas at his lap in 53.77 seconds pip Russel’s best efforts at the very last moment. He outpaced Russel by 0.026 seconds. 
Commenting on the intense qualifying, Bottas said, “It was a different situation today, I just wanted to focus on my own doing and I managed to do that. We’re in a great place as a team (Mercedes) and it’s good to be on pole. I am happy with that.”
Om the other hand Russel explains how difficult it was to race in the new car. “For the qualifying I had to un-learn what I learned at Williams and re-learn how to drive the new car. I would have been happy with making Q3 after the final practice. I’m pleased, however, I’m gutted to miss out on the pole,” said Russel. He further added, “It’s been incredibly intense. There’s so much to learn and to getting used to. The car felt different and alien to begin with. It’s a completely different way of driving.”
Reportedly, this was Bottas’ 16th pole position in his career, after scoring maiden pole in 2017 at the same venue. 
Meanwhile, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen came third beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, and Aplha Tauri’s Danil Kvyat. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo bagged the seventh position during the qualifying race.

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