Bottas wins pole with Hamilton 2nd at Silverstone

Sports Desk, Aug 8 (efe-epa).- Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas beat his British teammate Lewis Hamilton to win pole position in qualifying for the 70th anniversary Grand Prix.

This will mean the Finnish racer will take the lead starting place in Sunday’s race at the Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom.

It was Bottas’ second pole position of the season after one obtained in Austria and the 13th of his career.

He said in a statement after the race: “It feels good. I just love qualifying, especially when it goes well.

“I just wanted to get the best out of myself and the car.

“It was a good set-up from last weekend, it felt better. It’s an amazing car, it’s so quick.”

He added: “Of course my main aim is to win the race and I’m starting from a good place. The pace is good.

“I’ll try to get a good start off the line like I did last week and for the mentality, just try and win it.”

Bottas’ best time, achieved on the last attempt on medium tires, was 1:25.154, 63 thousandths of a second faster than his teammate Hamilton who won second place.

Hamilton said afterward: “It was not that great but Valtteri did a good job.

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