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Valterri Bottas stuns Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to take pole in Bahrain

Bottas stuns Hamilton and Vettel to take pole in Bahrain

16/04/2017 at 02:03

Valterri Bottas has claimed a shock pole position for Mercedes at the Bahrain Grand Prix, ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn picked up his first top spot in qualifying to beat his British team-mate and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who have one win apiece in this year's championship, into second and third place on the grid respectively.

Hamilton finished just 0.023 slower than Bottas's lap of one minute 28.769 seconds, to secure the first front row lockout of the season for the reigning champions.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo will start alongside Vettel in fourth.

Mercedes, who won the race last year with now-retired champion Nico Rosberg, have taken five successive poles at the desert Sakhir circuit.

STARTING GRID

1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes

2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes

3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari

4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer

5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari

6. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer

7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault

8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

9. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari

10. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault

11. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault

12. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes

13. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari

14. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India - Mercedes

15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren

16. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault

17. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren

18. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes

19. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari

20. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari

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