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Mercedes driver Bottas beats Hamilton to China pole

Bottas pips Hamilton to pole for Mercedes one-two at Chinese Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas fended off team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tight battle for pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes out-paced Ferrari. Bottas, the quicker Mercedes driver all weekend in Shanghai, found his advantage cut by Hamilton to just 0.023 seconds as the world champion finally found pace. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.301secs off the pace, and just 0.017secs quicker than team-mate Charles Leclerc.

Bottas, who leads Hamilton in the championship by one point, was just 0.007secs quicker than the Briton on their first laps. It was neck and neck on the second runs, but Bottas managed to improve as Hamilton slipped a little in the final sector of his run and Bottas had his first pole of 2019.