Sakhir Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas just beats George Russell to pole for Mercedes one-two

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Qualifying result: Bottas, Russell, Verstappen

Valtteri Bottas edged Mercedes new-boy George Russell to pole position at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The Finn was just 0.026 seconds quicker than Russell, driving for Mercedes for the first time as a stand-in for Lewis Hamilton, who has coronavirus.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was just 0.03secs behind Russell in third place.

And there was a superb performance from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who took fourth, less than 0.3secs from pole, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel 13th.

It was a highly impressive performance from Russell, who had set the pace in both practice sessions on Friday but fell back a little once running started on Saturday.

Bottas was 0.212secs quicker than Russell after the first runs in qualifying but the Finn failed to improve on his second run and Russell was able to run him close, but just miss out.

More to follow.

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