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When Valtteri Bottas joined Mercedes there was a lot of curiosity as to how the young and upcoming Finn would compare against Lewis Hamilton. People were expecting a more closer fight between the Silver Arrows than before, but for the opening two races Bottas had been playing second fiddle to the Brit.

And now finally under the floodlights of Bahrain, the Finn delivered and pipped Hamilton by a whisker. And Twitter spared no time to congratulate on his first pole.

Hamilton appeared to have the edge all through the session until the dying minutes of Q3 but Bottas was way closer than ever before and in the last run improved his previous time to take the pole by 0.023 seconds while Hamilton failed to improve.

Behind the Mercs, Ferraris were the main contenders with Vettel lining up P3 half a second down on poleman while Kimi got within 3 tenths of Vettel however ended up P5.

The real performer in Q3, however, was Danny Ric who took his Red Bull right up to P4 splitting the Ferraris and maintaining his record of being unbeaten by any of his team-mate in Bahrain.

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