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Sport Bottas takes US pole, Hamilton starts fifth

02:00  03 november  2019
02:00  03 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Valtteri Bottas took a sensational pole position in United States Grand Prix qualifying, as championship leader Lewis Hamilton ended up fifth The Circuit of The Americas has been kind to Lewis Hamilton in recent years, but it was his Mercedes team mate and the only driver who can stop

Valtteri Bottas claimed his fifth pole position of the 2019 Formula 1 season in qualifying for the United States Grand Prix at Austin. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen did improve on the second attempt to consolidate third place, just 0.067s slower than Bottas , with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc also finding

Formula One: United States Grand Prix-Practice© Reuters/Jerome Miron Formula One: United States Grand Prix-Practice Valtteri Bottas took pole position for Mercedes on Saturday at a U.S. Grand Prix the Finn has to win if he is to have any chance of staying mathematically in contention for the Formula One championship.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton, who will seal his sixth title in Austin on Sunday with two races to spare if he finishes eighth or higher regardless of where Bottas finishes, will start from fifth place.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel joined Bottas on the front row of the grid with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was stripped of his Mexican Grand Prix pole last weekend after failing to slow for yellow warning flags, third.

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Valtteri Bottas took pole position for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, ahead of Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. “My approach is definitely just trying to win the race,” he said. “You can’t have any other goal, starting from the pole , but of course we ’re here as a team.”

Lewis Hamilton qualified in a disappointing fifth place for Sunday’s United States grand prix and had a close encounter with Max Verstappen as Valtteri Bottas claimed pole . • Verstappen forced onto grass while attempting to pass Briton • Valtteri Bottas takes pole for Sunday’s US grand prix.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will line up fourth.

Bottas stormed around the bumpy Circuit of the Americas in one minute, 32.029 seconds to give Mercedes their sixth consecutive pole in Texas.

Nobody has won in Texas without qualifying on the front row. Germany's Vettel failed to secure pole by a wafer-thin 0.012 of a second.

Leclerc was one of first out as he made up for lost track time after his third practice session was cut short with smoke pouring out of the back of his car.

The Italian outfit later confirmed the issue as an oil leak and went to work quickly replacing the engine with an old one to get the young Monegasque through qualifying.

Hamilton had made it clear he was taking nothing for granted in his pursuit of a sixth title which will be well within his grasp from fifth on the starting grid.

“Honestly I’m not trying to think about that right now, I’m just trying to digest what just happened and then I’ll move forward to tomorrow later on,” said the Briton.

Already the most successful driver in U.S. Grand Prix history with six wins, including five in Texas, Hamilton has designated the Circuit of the Americas as a "good hunting ground" to clinch another title.

Bottas, 74 points behind Hamilton with three races remaining, has yet to finish higher than fifth in Texas.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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