Chinese Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas claims pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton for Formula One’s 1,000th race


Chinese Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas claims pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton for Formula One’s 1,000th race

Valtteri Bottas has claimed pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix – Formula One’s 1,000th race – ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

In a nail-biting session, Bottas saw off the five-time world champion by just 0.023 seconds at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Bottas celebrates claiming pole position.

The form guide indicated that Ferrari might be the team to beat here, but after they were off the pace at the last round in Bahrain, Mercedes returned to their all-conquering best.

Sebastian Vettel was a third of a second down on Bottas’ Silver Arrows, with team-mate Charles Leclerc fourth. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fifth.

The Dutchman was furious after he failed to cross the line in time to post a final lap.

“It has been a good weekend so far,” said Bottas, who leads Hamilton in the championship by just one point. “I struggled to get the perfect lap in, but it was good enough.”

Hamilton, a five-time winner in China, said: “I didn’t give up and kept pushing right to the end.