Sakhir, Bahrain — Valtteri Bottas pipped his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton right at the end of qualifying on Saturday to take pole position. MARKUSSEN · CHRISTIAN RASMUSSEN · VALDEMAR ERIKSEN · NEWS · GALLERY · WEBSHOP · CONTACT · NEWSLETTER. Gallery: VIR Pole Position. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton acknowledges the crowd after taking pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Photograph.