Mercedes' Bottas takes pole at Portuguese Grand Prix
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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took pole position ahead of Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao by securing top spot during a windy qualifying session Saturday.

Bottas earned his 17th career pole and first since the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, finishing ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18:348
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.007
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.398
4 Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.542
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.691
6 Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.694
7 Lando Norris McLaren +0.768
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.958
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.127
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.311
11 George Russell Williams Q2
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Q2
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine Q2 
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Q2
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Q2
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Q1
17 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Q1
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Q1
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Q1
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas Q1

"It's a good feeling to be on pole," Bottas said after qualifying. "It feels like it's been a while. ... Qualifying has been a weak point for me but we've been working hard this weekend."

The Finnish driver struggled in the previous race, qualifying eighth in Imola before a crash with Williams' George Russell abruptly ended his Sunday.

Bottas prevented Hamilton from earning his 100th career pole position with Saturday's result.

Mercedes' Bottas takes pole at Portuguese Grand Prix
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