Bottas and Hamilton give first comments on Emilia Romagna Quali

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Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton to take Emilia Romagna Grand Prix pole position. The dio give their first comments on Mercedes’ front row lockout.

“It’s going to be a good fight,” said Bottas.

“It’s one of the longest runs in the calendar into turn one, so no doubt Lewis and Max will be chasing me, but it’s a good place to start and hopefully the pace is good. Game on.

“I always have to [fight for it]. It’s never easy to get pole positions. I knew I had to improve in the last lap and I found those small gains that were needed, and it’s a great feeling when you get those.

“For me, turn two, three is something I was really working on today and only got there in the end, and the last couple of corners as well.

“I struggled with instability of the car but I knew in the last lap I had to try so I risked it The car managed to turn in nicely and it was good.

“I definitely had the shakes after, but it’s good fun,“ concluded the Finn.


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Lewis Hamilton missed out on pole by just 0.097 seconds. After the session the Briton gave his first comments.

“Valtteri did a great job and it was a pretty p*ss poor lap from myself,” said Hamilton.

“These things happen and you can’t always get it perfect. But what a beautiful place we are in here in Italy. The track is unbelievable.

“I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the performance we have. It really is remarkable and it feels better here than it did in the last race.

“It was a real challenge out there but I enjoyed it.”

The six-time champion was asks what he expects in the race tomorrow.

“Well Red Bull were very strong on their race runs. But what is unfortunate with this track is that it is so beautiful to drive but I’m pretty certain you are going to see a pretty boring race tomorrow.

“You can overtake on this quite long straight but it is quite narrow. But once you get into Turn 1, it is going to be a train from there.

“There’s no single place to overtake anywhere else. It’s going to be challenge for the people following. The DRS going into Turn 1 will hopefully give some opportunity for people.

“But for us, you will see me and Valtteri are within half a tenth of each other, so to have an opportunity of overtaking. I think I’ve got to gain something like two seconds in speed to the car ahead to have a chance.

“Nonetheless, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and fingers crossed,” concluded Hamilton.

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