Valtteri Bottas stuns Lewis Hamilton to take Eifel Grand Prix pole position

Valtteri Bottas took a third pole position of the season by pipping Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's Eifel Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 91 victories, but his hopes of victory at the iconic Nurburgring suffered a blow in qualifying.

The six-time world champion had been on top in Q1 and Q2 but was off the pace when it mattered, with Bottas getting the better of his Silver Arrows rival.

The Finn finished 0.256s ahead of Hamilton, who will start second, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will start third and fourth respectively.

Just hours before the opening session of qualifying got underway, Nico Hulkenberg was confirmed as Lance Stroll's replacement for the Nurburgring showdown.

Stroll, 21, missed practice on Saturday morning after falling ill, and his Racing Point confirmed Hulkenberg will step in for Sunday's grand prix.

It marks Hulkenberg's third Formula One appearance this season. The German deputised for Stroll's team-mate Sergio Perez at the British and 70th Anniversary Grands Prix at Silverstone after the Mexican contracted coronavirus.

The 33-year-old arrived at the track on Saturday morning, and after he returned a negative Covid-19 test was given the green light to participate.

"Nico Hulkenberg will drive for the BWT Racing Point F1 Team in this weekend's Eifel Grand Prix after Lance Stroll was taken unwell," a team statement read.

"Lance did not feel 100 per cent this morning and the team took the decision not to run him for the rest of the event.

"Nico, who previously deputised for Sergio Perez at the Silverstone events, is familiar with the car and team already, and fortunately was in nearby Cologne."

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