GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Page 192

MY FIRST POLE V altteri Bottas upstaged his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by grabbing pole position on Saturday, but then said he is not dreaming of a maiden victory in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The 26-year-old Finn, who has replaced retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg as teammate to the three-time world champion Briton, remained phlegmatic and practical after a close floodlit qualifying session. “We need to enjoy it for a short period of time, to enjoy what you’ve done, but the main thing is the race,” said Bottas. “But there’s no point to start dreaming. We need to look at everything we can, work as a team and plan a good strategy for the race. We need to focus for the race and get the maximum out of it. “But definitely it’s a good place to start and I think, as a team, we can be really strong in the race and hopefully get a one-two – the first one for the year.” Bottas was congratulated warmly by Hamilton after wrecking the Englishman’s hopes of a hat-trick of season-opening poles and a seventh in succession. Hamilton currently shares the leadership in the drivers’ title race with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who qualified third behind the two Mercedes men.