“The mentality is to try to win” – Hamilton and Bottas comment on quali

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Valtteri Bottas will start from pole after out-qualifying his team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix qualifying.

The Finn is, of course, pleased with the result and is looking forward to tomorrow’s  race.

“It feels good, I just love qualifying and especially when it goes well, it’s a good feeling,” said Bottas immediately after quali.

“Nice to get everything out of myself and out of the car. Set-up wise we made good steps from last weekend – that’s why I think the qualifying performance was better than last weekend – so realy pleased with that.

“Of course it is mentally better to start from pole. The starting point for winning the race is good. I think the race pace is there. So, now is the time to get off to a good start.

“The mentality is to try to win,” concluded the Finn.


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Lewis Hamilton missed out on pole by a small margin and ultimately wasn’t satisfied with his last quali run.

“It was not quite fantastic,” said the Briton.

“Valtteri did a good job and deserved pole. For me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap.

“I don’t expect many people to be able to manage their tyres like this to finish a one-stopper. Last weekend it wasn’t about finishing the stint all the way to the end and this weekend the tyres are a step softer.

“So it is very unlikely that we will be a one stopper this weekend,” concluded Hamilton.

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