VALTTERI BOTTAS ON POLE FOR AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
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.
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
|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|
|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||–||–|
|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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Date posted: July 9, 2017