GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Page 196

MY FIRST POLE “Turning in to the corners, it’s easy to have a lock-up, or miss the apex slightly, so it’s just getting the lap together and the car well balanced. My last lap was a good one, good enough for pole so that’s good.” Hamilton was magnanimous despite his personal disappointment and afterwards admitted that Bottas’ arrival in the team was keeping him focussed and motivated. “Valtteri is keeping me on my toes and he really deserved that lap,” said Hamilton, who lost fractions of time in the second sector and then at the final corner on his last lap. “A first pole position? It is just amazing. You dream that as a kid and, tomorrow, it could be his first Grand Prix win. He did a great job. And it is always nice to see good things happen to good people. He deserved it.” Bottas added: “I feel much more comfortable with the car than I did in qualifying in Melbourne. The more time you spend with a car, and driving it, you get more at one with the car. “It is good to keep making progress and getting better all the time. And it is great to get pole here under the floodlights and against Lewis.”