Finland’s Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season in Austria, while the Ferraris languished down the field | Auto Action Continue reading on Auto Action
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season in Austria, while the Ferraris languished down the field.
Despite taking pole position it wasn’t a trouble-free session for Bottas, when trying to improve on his provisional pole time he ran off the circuit on the exit of Turn 4.
On his last lap six-time champion Lewis Hamilton improved his time and was just 0.012s away from snatching pole position from his younger teammate.
The two Ferraris driven by Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc looked slow throughout pre-season testing and this proved to be the harsh reality as everyone showed their cards in qualifying. Leclerc could only manage to qualify in seventh, Vettel was eliminated in Q2 and will start the race from 11th place.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was heavily compromised by the yellow flags deployed when Bottas left the track, as a result the West Aussie will start from 10th in his Renault.