With his pole lap in qualifying in Sakhir, Valtteri Bottas cracked a historic record for Niki Lauda. Chaos is feared again for the race.
Valtteri Bottas wrote Formula 1 history with his pole time in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix. (Formula 1: Sakhir Grand Prix from 6.10 p.m. in the SPORT1 live ticker)
The Mercedes driver completed the fastest lap ever made in the premier class in 53.377 seconds.
“The track is really Mickey Mouse-like, but at the same time quite narrow in the upper area and, above all, extremely wavy. I hope for a fun race, but somehow I have the feeling that it will be a tough job,” said Bottas himself Route.
The Finn beat the ancient record of Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, who set it in a Ferrari 1974 qualifying on the track in Dijon, France.
Is there another risk of chaos in Bahrain?
The three-time world champion, who died in 2019, only needed 58.79 seconds for his lap.
Since the Formula 1 tracks are usually longer today, this record was considered unattainable – but the corona pandemic made it possible for the short track variant in Bahrain to slip into the racing calendar out of necessity.
46 years ago, the race following qualifying was pretty chaotic. Due to the short lap, there were constant overtaking maneuvers, which led to numerous dangerous situations.