Bottas: It’s a shame to miss pole by 0.018s!

Valtteri Bottas says it’s a shame to miss out on his fifth pole position of the season by such a small margin, as he was pipped by Max Verstappen by just 0.018s.

“It’s not been the easiest of weekends so far, there was very limited running in practice two so this morning was very important,” said the Mercedes driver.

“It was tricky to find the rhythm but it was getting better and better and I was getting confidence in the car. In qualifying, I was learning the track more and more and it started to feel nice in Q3.

“It’s a shame to miss pole by such a small margin but congratulations to Max and Red Bull. They’ve been strong all weekend.”