Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the sprint race this Saturday and on Sunday he will start first in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix, while the leader of the championship, the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), will start second. Meanwhile, the Mexican pilot Sergio “Checo” Pérez will be ranked fourth.
Although he came back fifteen positions after starting last due to a penalty, the current champion, the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), will start in the tenth box due to a five-seat penalty for having exceeded the engine change quota for the season.
bottas led the race at the Interlagos circuit, in Sao Paulo, from the first lap, when he surpassed at the start Verstappen, who started in first place after the penalty of Hamilton.
The Finn, third in the general classification (188 points), got his twentieth pole position, his second in a row after that of the Grand Prix of Mexico.
“It was a good start, Max was struggling but he was close to me,” said the winner of the third and final qualifying sprint race in 2021.
Verstappen (314.5 units), meanwhile, extended to 21 points its advantage over Hamilton (293.5) in the absence of four runs, including Sunday.
The Dutch driver is approaching the symbolic distance of 25 points over the seven-time world champion, the same number of units that the winner of a valid one gets, a gap that seems insurmountable in the final stretch of the season.
“The start was not the best. I think our pace was good, but sometimes here you just can’t get through. Tomorrow we will try again!” Verstappen, 24, and who is seeking his first world title in the Big Top.