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Sports Bottas again fastest in 3rd practice for Portuguese GP

15:21  24 october  2020
15:21  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

F1: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole for Eifel Grand Prix

  F1: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole for Eifel Grand Prix NÜRBURG, Germany — Valtteri Bottas ended Lewis Hamilton's run of five consecutive Formula One pole positions by claiming first place on the grid at the Eifel Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilton briefly sat atop the time charts after toppling Max Verstappen in the third session, but his teammate Bottas sped through seconds later with an unbeatable time, fastest in all three sectors of the Nürburgring track. “It’s such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap,” the Finnish driver said, adding his final run was “spot on.” Bottas' time beat Hamilton by .256 seconds and Verstappen by .293.

Valtteri Bottas topped a dramatic opening day of Portuguese Grand Prix practice at Algarve International Circuit on Friday, which included a fire for Pierre Gasly, and Max Verstappen clashing with Lance Stroll at high speed. 2020 F1 Portuguese GP Friday practice results.

Valtteri Bottas topped the times ahead of Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton in a one-two finish for Mercedes in Friday's opening practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Finn Bottas maintained a habit that has seen him enjoy being ' fastest on Friday', but not always with success on the following days

PORTIMAO, Portugal — Valtteri Bottas continued his fine form by topping the third and final practice session for the Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later Saturday.

  Bottas again fastest in 3rd practice for Portuguese GP © Provided by The Canadian Press

After leading Friday's two practice sessions, the Mercedes driver was .03 seconds quicker than teammate Lewis Hamilton and .16 ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton is aiming for a record-extending 97th career pole position. The runaway championship leader damaged the front wing after sliding off into gravel on a track hosting its first F1 race that has caused numerous drivers problems because of its lack of grip.

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Valtteri Bottas topped the times ahead of Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton in a one-two finish for Mercedes in Friday's opening practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Finn Bottas maintained a habit that has seen him enjoy being ' fastest on Friday', but not always with success on the following days

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas headed his second straight session on the Friday of the Portuguese Grand Prix. But the action in Free Practice 2 was dominated by not one but two red flag disruptions – the second coming after Max FP2: Bottas quickest again as Verstappen and Stroll collide in Portimao.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc again spun his car, as he had done on Friday.

Near the end of the session, a confused Leclerc asked his team over radio what was happening with his own, since he could hear Hamilton's radio messages. Leclerc was sixth fastest.

Hamilton's victory two weeks ago at the Eifel GP in Germany tied him Michael Schumacher’s F1 record of 91 wins in a season where he is odds-on to equal the German great's record seven F1 titles.

There were mask-wearing fans scattered around the undulating 4.6-kilometre (3-mile) circuit in Portimao, which has frequent elevation changes. It is the second new track on the coronavirus-hit calendar after the Tuscan GP in Mugello last month.

With one minute left, the session was stopped because of a loose drain cover on Turn 14.

Portugal last hosted a race in 1996, when three F1 champions made the podium after Jacques Villeneuve won ahead of Damon Hill and Schumacher in Estoril.

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Bottas edges teammate Hamilton for pole in F1's Imola return .
IMOLA, Italy — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was narrowly beaten by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas for pole position Saturday at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Formula One returned to the Imola circuit for the first time since 2006. Racing on the track where his childhood idol Ayrton Senna lost his life, Hamilton finished 0.097 seconds behind Bottas’ time of 1 minute, 13.609 seconds. “Valtteri did a great job and it was a pretty poor lap from myself but you can’t always get it right,” Hamilton said. “The track is unbelievable and it was a real challenge out there but I enjoyed it.” Max Verstappen of Red Bull qualified third, 0.567 back.

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