Qualifying facts and stats: Bottas’ 17th pole sees him equal three-time champion’s tally

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Sean Kelly
PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - MAY 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Mercedes matched Williams' pole position tally thanks to Valtteri Bottas, who himself tied Sir Jackie Stewart's total – but here are some other intriguing facts and numbers from Saturday's qualifying session at Portimao...

  • Mercedes' pole is their 128th, tying Williams for third in the all-time list (though it took the Silver Arrows 500 fewer races to do it).

  • Bottas took his first pole since Sakhir 2020, and tied Sir Jackie Stewart's tally of 17 career poles – only one behind fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen.

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  • In 171 turbo-hybrid era races, Mercedes have achieved their 71st front-row lockout. That's a hit rate of over 50%.

  • Lewis Hamilton starts second and he has won his last three starts from second on the grid.

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - MAY 01: Second placed qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes

Hamilton is no stranger to winning from second on the grid... or winning, full stop

  • Max Verstappen will start third, and he won the Grand Prix at Imola last time out… from third.

  • Sergio Perez qualified fourth to make it two Red Bulls in the top four for the second consecutive race – something that Verstappen and Alex Albon achieved twice in the final four races of 2020. However, Verstappen and Perez collided on Lap 1 of last year's Portuguese Grand Prix.

READ MORE: Disappointed Verstappen says he 'didn't enjoy one single lap this weekend' on way to P3 in qualifying

  • Starting P5, Carlos Sainz has outqualified Charles Leclerc for the first time as his Ferrari team mate.

  • Esteban Ocon's P6 is his best start since Belgium 2020, where he finished fifth from P6.

  • McLaren driver Lando Norris is P7 for the third consecutive weekend.

Portugal 2021

Qualifying results

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  • Pierre Gasly (P9) will have started fifth twice and ninth three times in the last five races.

  • Sebastian Vettel starts 10th for Aston Martin and has ended a 15-race streak of missing Q3.

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  • George Russell missed Williams' first Q3 appearance since Monza 2018 by just 0.057s. He maintained his record of never being outqualified by a team mate at Williams for the 40th race.

  • Fernando Alonso had not been outqualified by a team mate for 27 races before being outqualified by Ocon in Imola and now Portimao.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
Portuguese Grand Prix, Saturday 1st May 2021. Portimao,

Alonso has been outqualified by Ocon in consecutive races

  • Daniel Ricciardo qualified 16th in his first Q1 elimination since Japan 2019. He qualified sixth in the opening two races of this season.

  • Ricciardo's was the first McLaren out in Q1 since Carlos Sainz at Brazil 2019 – where Sainz scored his maiden F1 podium.

  • Lance Stroll suffered his first Q1 elimination since Brazil 2019 as well.

  • Finally, Mick Schumacher outqualified Haas team mate Nikita Mazepin for the third straight race.

HIGHLIGHTS: All the action from qualifying as Bottas grabs pole in Portimao


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