Bottas stuns Hamilton for Bahrain Grand Prix pole

Bottas stuns Hamilton for Bahrain Grand Prix pole
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Published April 15th, 2017 - 20:53 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 15, 2017.
Karim Sahib / AFP
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates after taking the pole position at the end of the qualifying for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 15, 2017. Karim Sahib / AFP

Valtteri Bottas stunned Lewis Hamilton with time running out as he claimed his first career pole in a dominant Mercedes performance in qualifying for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.

Bottas clocked 1 minute 28.769 seconds for the 5.412-kilometres lap to edge out Hamilton by just over two-hundredths - 0.023 seconds. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was a distant third, 0.478 behind.

Bottas, who joined Mercedes in the off-season after the retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg, denied Hamilton a seventh straight pole.

Hamilton and Vettel top the championship with 43 points each from the first two season races.

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