Valtteri Bottas has admitted he is “gutted” to miss pole position, but is happy for Lewis Hamilton’s “crazy” 100th pole position.

Bottas was a mere 0.132s off pole, which was enough to relegate him to the second row, which may not be the worst place to start with the tow to turn 1. Despite third on the grid, Bottas thought he had more in the bag and was unhappy with his performance.

“Yes, I was always expecting to have a close qualifying and I’m gutted because in the first run, which was the fastest run for the top 3 cars at least, in Turn 10 I had a bit of a snap at the apex and lost a bit more than a tenth,” Bottas said.

Despite this, he was happy for teammate Hamilton who took his century of poles this weekend by 0.036sec.

“A massive congrats to Lewis for the 100. It’s a crazy number, so well done.”

When asked about his chances of a win tomorrow, the Finn remained optimistic, saying he thinks Mercedes is equal to Red Bull in the long run pace.

“We had a strong package, it’s going to be a good fight tomorrow, no doubt. I think the long-run pace is good but I think its honesty very similar to the Red Bulls’ in the last few races. So, I’m expecting a good fight.”

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