Valtteri Bottas thought he’d done enough to take pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix when he crossed the line at the end of his final flying lap in qualifying.Lewis Hamilton, who was on provisional pole position.
On his final run, Bottas set the quickest time through the middle part of the lap and the live lap time information on his steering wheel display indicated he was ahead of Hamilton as he neared the finishing line. However he lost his slender advantage over his team mate on the run to the line.
“Shit, on my dash I was one tenth up,” he said to his team after being confirmed in second place on the grid.
Several drivers failed to set quicker lap times on their final runs in Q3 as the track conditions did not improve as expected. “It felt like they didn’t really improve for the second run,” said Bottas after qualifying.
“I thought I was going to improve because when I crossed the line I was one-tenth up from my previous time. But then obviously it went to zero. Maybe I just covered a bit more distance, that’s how the time delta works.
“I thought it was a bit better the second run but it wasn’t. I don’t think the track really changed.”
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