Motor racing - Bottas qualifies fastest for Saturday sprint at Monza

10/9/2021 8:41:00 PM

Motor racing - Bottas qualifies fastest for Saturday sprint at Monza

Motor racing - Bottas qualifies fastest for Saturday sprint at Monza

Valtteri Bottas put in a 'mega lap' to beat Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and qualify fastest on Friday for Saturday's experimental Italian Grand Prix sprint race.The Finn, whose departure from the team at the end of the season was announced this week, did a one minute 19.555 second lap with seven tim

LinkedIn Valtteri Bottas put in a 'mega lap' to beat Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and qualify fastest on Friday for Saturday's experimental Italian Grand Prix sprint race.LinkedIn Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Friday, comfortably ahead of Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen.LinkedIn Formula One teams could be obliged to run young drivers in Friday practice sessions from next season to provide an opportunity for fresh talent to gain track time and shine.LinkedIn Alex Albon's old friends and rivals welcomed on Thursday the announcement that the Thai racer would be returning to Formula One with Williams next season after a year out.

The Finn, whose departure from the team at the end of the season was announced this week, did a one minute 19.555 second lap with seven times Formula One world champion Hamilton 0.926 seconds on the medium tyres, 0.096 slower.com quoted the Italian as saying.Bottas will start from the back of the grid on Sunday after a strategic power unit change triggered a penalty for exceeding the allocation of three for the season, but he will still be able to score on Saturday.Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas was third on the timesheets.Three points go to the sprint winner, who is also officially credited with pole position.He has a lot of talent so I'm also very sure he will come back strong and show good results.

Two go to the second-place driver and one for the third with any grid penalties not applied until after that event.Red Bull are 12 points behind Mercedes in the constructors' standings.The Italian Grand Prix this weekend runs to a different format, with only one practice on Friday before sprint qualifying."That qualifying lap was nice," said Bottas, who will be moving to Alfa Romeo to replace retiring fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen."It feels so good when you get a nice lap.That in turn decides the starting order for Sunday's grand prix.I managed to save it to the end and had a bit of a tow as well so it was good fun.Haas team boss Guenther Steiner, who has two rookie drivers in Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, said he would not be opposed.I enjoyed it.Canadian Lance Stroll was fourth fastest on softs for Aston Martin in the day's sole practice seesion, with AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly - last year's winner - fifth and Stroll's team mate Sebastian Vettel sixth.He obviously had a tough time at Red Bull but I think he's going to come back even stronger.

"I feel good, I feel relaxed and everything is sorted for the future.Really pleased with the team today, the car has been so good," he added.Ricciardo's team mate Lando Norris also had what would have been the second fastest time deleted for the same reason, and he finished the session 12th."I think we have to agree, all of the teams, (the sport's governing) FIA and FOM (Formula One Management) together, if this is the right way forward.Hamilton is three points behind Red Bull's championship leader Max Verstappen, who qualified third, and is set to cut the gap to the Dutchman on Saturday."Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a mega lap," said Hamilton."It was looking good for us until the end but then he went quicker, and I just couldn't match it..I can imagine how tough that year must have been for him, being in that position," he said.

" (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters.

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