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VALTTERI BOTTAS ON POLE FOR AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

Valtteri Bottas will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position - Photo: LAT

Valtteri Bottas will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position – Photo: LAT

Valtteri Bottas will start tonight’s Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after narrowly beating the time of Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes driver, Bottas, topped all three segments of qualifying to clitch his second career pole position at the Red Bull Ring in Austria eclipsing Ferrari’s Vettel by just four-hundredths of a second.

Lewis Hamilton qualified third, however, with a five place grid penalty for replacing a gearbox in his Mercedes after FP2, will drop down to eighth on the grid.

Daniel Ricciardo will start from the second row - Photo: LAT

Daniel Ricciardo will start from the second row – Photo: LAT

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was the best of the Red Bull drivers, qualifying in fifth but will start on the second row along side Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen due to Hamilton’s penalty.

While qualifying was relatively drama free, Kevin Magnussen suffered a suspension failure in his Haas in Q1, preventing him from getting on track in Q2.

Romain Grosjean also had problems with his Haas, in Q3, stopping on track with just 20 seconds left in the final segment of qualifying. That would bring out yellow flags which would interrupt the remainder of the session.

After an impressive performance in Azerbaijan, Williams had a disastrous qualifying with both cars dropping out in Q1. The two cars will make the second last row of the grid.

Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Result

Position Driver Car Time Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m04.251s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m04.293s 0.042s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.424s 0.173s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m04.779s 0.528s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1m04.896s 0.645s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1m04.983s 0.732s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1m05.480s 1.229s
8 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1m05.605s 1.354s
9 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1m05.674s 1.423s
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso Renault 1m05.726s 1.475s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m05.597s 1.346s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1m05.602s 1.351s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1m05.741s 1.490s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1m05.884s 1.633s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m06.345s 2.094s
17 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1m06.534s 2.283s
18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1m06.608s 2.357s
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1m06.857s 2.606s
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1m07.011s 2.760s

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