The four-time champion German admitted that the Italian outfit had struggled in the opening races after looking so strong in pre-season testing.
The Brazilian F1 icon was killed aged just 34 years at the San Marino Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old Monegasque, in his fourth race with the iconic Italian outfit, said he and the team had decided to save tyres and go for the race fastest lap.
In a thrilling, closely-fought and dramatic race, the Finn came home 1.5 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
It was Bottas’ first pole in Azerbaijan’s capital and second this year.
A loose drain cover caused serious damage to George Russell’s car as safety concerns abound for the Azerbaijan GP.

Bottas pips Hamilton for Mercedes lockout at landmark Chinese GP

Bottas, who leads the world championship by a point ahead of title-holder Hamilton after two races, scorched to a best time of one minute 31.547 seconds.

Party-pooper Hamilton focused only on winning 1,000th race

The Mercedes star from Britain is facing multiple challenges this season, primarily from Ferrari.

Young star Leclerc eyes victory in F1’s 1,000th race

The supremely talented 21-year-old upstaged five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain but ultimately limped home third when his Ferrari lost power with 10 laps left.

Mick Schumacher eager to build on Ferrari test

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, said his test with Ferrari this week was an important stepping stone in his fledgling racing career.

Leclerc takes positives from Bahrain heartbreak

Charles Leclerc focused on the positives on Monday after his heartbreaking bid for a maiden F1 win was foiled by engine problems in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix after Leclerc heartbreak

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton took advantage of Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc’s wretched misfortune on Sunday when he claimed a dramatic victory for Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in Bahrain practice

The four-time world champion clocked a best lap in one minute and 28.846 seconds to outpace his new Monegasque partner.

Vettel welcomes Mick Schumacher to Ferrari test

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel on Thursday welcomed his Ferrari team’s move to give fellow-German Mick Schumacher a Formula One test next week.

New F1 grand prix can tap into Vietnam ‘passion’ for racing: Todt

The communist Vietnamese capital will get its first taste of the high-octane glitz and glamour of Formula One when it hosts its first grand prix from April next year.

WATCH: Bottas defends ‘f**k you’ message after Aussie GP win

The Finn says it was a spontaneous feeling. WARNING: Strong language.

Disappointed Hamilton says race was over by first turn

A disappointed Lewis Hamilton said Sunday his Australian Grand Prix was “done and dusted” by the first corner as he was left searching answers after failing to match the pace of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Early shock as Bottas upstages Hamilton in Ausralian GP

The Finn audaciously overtook his Mercedes teammate at the first corner and never relinquished his lead.

Dominant Hamilton snatches Australian Grand Prix pole

Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last year to reassert his authority and snatch a record-extending eighth pole position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.




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