F1 Eifel GP: Bottas takes pole position from Hamilton at Nurburgring

Bottas takes pole position for the Eifel GP from Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas defeated Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, while Nico Hulkenberg most recently qualified as a replacement for Lance Stroll at the last minute.
Mercedes maintained its 100% qualifying record in 2020 but faced tough competition from Red Bulls Max Verstappen, who was ahead in the first quarter and just ahead of Hamilton in the second.
Verstappen was even leading after the first few runs in the third quarter, but Bottas prevailed when the Mercedes drivers shot back on their second attempt.
Bottas landed the fastest middle section on his final lap, a time of 1: 25.269 minutes, which made him clear by 0.256 seconds when he put Hamilton in second place. The world champion had the fastest time in the last sector.
Verstappen started his final lap with the fastest sector once, but it faded as the lap progressed, ending up 0.293 seconds off pole.
Both Verstappen and Hamilton drove slower than their mid-segment laps in the third quarter.
Bottas takes pole position for the Eifel GP from Hamilton
Charles Leclerc stunned Alex Albon and finished fourth for Ferrari. The Red Bull driver fell back to fifth place due to the last improvement made by the Monaco racing driver.
All the leading cars will start tomorrow's race on the softs, despite Renault's Mercedes and Ferrari cars and Daniel Ricciardo experimenting with the mid-range tires early in the second quarter.
Ricciardo qualified in the third quarter in front of his teammate Esteban Ocon in sixth, Lando Norris in eighth in front of Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Leclerc's late improvement to set the fifth fastest time in the second quarter knocked out his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, who set a personal best on his last lap in the middle segment but fell back to eleventh place.
Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat also improved their final runs in the second quarter but were both eliminated in P12 and P13, while Antonio Giovinazzi finished 14th for Alfa Romeo on a late lap ahead of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.
In the first quarter, Hülkenberg, who was always supposed to travel to the Nürburgring on Saturday to work for the German broadcaster RTL before he was called up late to replace the uncomfortable stroll before qualifying, was out early to cover the track in the RP20 of the Canadian to learn.
He completed several laps on the softs once the opening segment began and spent most of the session on the pace of time, though briefly moving up to P19 before the final runs in the first quarter.
Bottas takes pole position for the Eifel GP from Hamilton
Hülkenberg's last lap showed a deep moment in the first corner and short crashes on the front right and front left in turn 6 - the right-handed man running down to the hairpin - and when approaching the last chicane.
He set a personal best, but lost time in the last sector and finally ended up 0.204 seconds slower than Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen.
Romain Grosjean missed the cut after his best lap of the session - a time of 1: 27.118 seconds - was canceled because the track limits were exceeded in Turn 4 in the shadow of the Mercedes grandstand with a view of Turn and Turn 1.
The Haas driver was able to hire another time in the closing moments but was shuffled back and forth to P17 and P18 ahead of Williams pairs George Russell and Nicholas Latifi.
Qualification results for the F1 Eifel Grand Prix
Item
driver
team
gap
1
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team
1m25.269s
2
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team
0.256s
3
Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
0.293 s
4th
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari
0.766 s
5
Alexander Albon
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
0.778 s
6th
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault DP World F1 Team
0.954s
7th
Esteban Ocon
Renault DP World F1 Team
0.973 s
8th
Lando Norris
McLaren F1 Team
1.189s
9
Sergio Perez
BWT Racing Point F1 Team
1.435s
10
Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren F1 Team
1.440s
11
Sebastian Vettel
Scuderia Ferrari
1.469s
12
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
1.507s
13th
Daniil Kvyat
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
1,579s
14th
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
1.667s
fifteen
Kevin Magnussen
Haas F1 team
1,856s
16
Romain Grosjean
Haas F1 team
2.283s
17th
George Russell
Williams Racing
2.295s
18th
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing
2.543s
19th
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN
2.548s
20th
Nico Hulkenberg
BWT Racing Point F1 Team
2.752s
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