Polesitter Bottas not daring to dream of maiden F1 win

The Formula One world championship heads to Azerbaijan for the latest round of an intriguing season.

Valtteri Bottas will not start dreaming of a first Formula One victory, despite beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Finn earned his maiden F1 pole with a superb flying lap of one minute 28.769 seconds to edge Hamilton by a mere 0.023secs and end the Briton's run of six straight poles dating back to last season.

It was a dominant showing from the Mercedes duo, as Ferrari - who had been tipped as the team to beat in the desert - struggled to match their pace, with Sebastian Vettel 0.478secs slower than Bottas in third, while Kimi Raikkonen was a distant fifth.

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Bottas now has the chance to end his wait for a first win in F1, but he is refusing to get too far ahead of himself.

"I think the main thing is we enjoy it for a short period of time, the main thing is [the race]," he told a news conference. 

"There's no point starting dreaming about anything. We will work together as a team and work on a strategy and a plan for the race. 

"It's all about focusing on the race. It's a good place to start, as a team we can be strong and hopefully get the one-two.

"Obviously I am really happy. It's my first pole in my career in my fifth season in F1 so it took a few years but hopefully it's the first of many for me. 

"It's credit to the team as we are both starting in the front row. The team did a really good job to focus on the evening conditions and it's going to help us [in the race]."

Hamilton, the victor last time out in China to leave him level at the top of the drivers' standings with Vettel, was full of praise for his team-mate and is keen to see more close battles at the top in qualifying.

"Big congratulations to Valtteri. He has been working so hard and he was just quicker, he did the better job and hats off to him," he said.

"I was losing quite a bit of time through the first sectors, it was my weaker point but I will work on that.

"Overall a little down but a great battle and that is how close qualifying should always be. It forces us to be on the limit."

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