Valtteri Bottas thanked his team for perfecting his car’s set-up for the cooler evening conditions in Bahrain after taking the first pole position of his career.
“I’m really, really happy,” said Bottas after beating team mate Lewis Hamilton by two-hundredths of a second in qualifying.
“First pole in my career, my fifth season now in Formula One. It took a few races but got it and hopefully the first of many.”
“I want to see big thanks to the team, giving me this car. We’re both starting from the front row. I think we’ve done a really good job this weekend, good focus on the evening conditions. Really managed to get a lot of lap time out of the car in cooler conditions and hopefully that may help us tomorrow. So grateful for the team.”
“It’s not an easy track to get everything right,” Bottas explained. “It is quite technical, there’s quite a few difficult braking points turning into the corner.”
“Easy to have a lock-up or miss the apex slightly. So it is just getting the lap together and getting the car well-balanced it was a good enough lap for the pole today so that’s good.”
Mercedes swept the front row in Bahrain and Bottas said the team can aim for a one-two finish in the race as well.
“I think the main thing is for sure we need to enjoy for a short period of time, what we’ve done so far in the weekend. But the main thing is tomorrow and there’s no point start dreaming about anything.”
“We need to look at everything, whatever we can do tomorrow, work together as a team and plan a good strategy for the race tomorrow. It’s all about focusing for the race, getting the maximum out of it is a good place to start. I think as a team we can be really strong tomorrow and hopefully we can get that one-two.”