Valtteri Bottas scored the first starting block for the Formula One Eifel Grand Prix with a track peak, the third Finn finishing in the third free practice this year for the third time, he can start from the lead for the 14th time in his career. Six-time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton was pretty much knocked out in the time trial, and Max Verstappen, despite all his efforts, didn’t find a catch on the Mercedes, finishing third with Red Bull.
The fastest were interviewed by former Formula One driver 2010 DTM champion Paul di Resta after the time trial.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, 1.): “It felt great to get a pole on the last lap, that was my last chance. In Q3, I really put my last nail in there, and that’s what I needed. So far this weekend has been quite tricky, but tomorrow I can only have one goal: to win. ”
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, 2.): “I’m sure when I look at the data, I’ll find a lot of wasted time. He closed in front of me two tenths of a second, Valtteri is doing a great job – congratulations to him! It will be a bet for tomorrow, so I have to break my head. ”
Max Verstappen (Red Bull, 3.): “I think we closed a good timer overall. In Q3, however, the car has become a bit understeer, I don’t like that. It’s cold weather to run out of front tires, and that’s what happened now, which took some time. However, we are approaching Mercedes, which I think is very positive. However, I am a little disappointed because I was expecting more. ”