HAMILTON ON POLE – despite spinning off in Q3, the Mercedes driver leads the way in Austria

CH8fcVUUkAEX1abAustria promised an eventful qualifying session and whilst the result wasn’t extraordinary, not many would have predicted the way in which it happened.

Nico Rosberg initially secured pole with his first run, before Hamilton displaced him on his second attempt. As both started their third and final flying lap it looked as though Rosberg would snatch pole as Hamilton went off at Turn 1.

However Rosberg, clearly pushing and slightly up on Hamilton’s time, went off at the penultimate corner, where he beached his Mercedes in the gravel, ensuring Hamilton remained quickest.

Sebastian Vettel will line-up on the second row, just two-tenths shy of Rosberg’s lap time. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was surprised to finish P17 leaving confusion on his and Ferrari’s faces.

Fresh from his Le Mans victory, Nico Hulkenberg split the Williams pair with Felipe Massa starting fourth and Valtteri Bottas sixth.

Daniil Kvyat was seventh and Max Verstappen eighth, several places ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who could only manage 14th, one place ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Both McLarens will however serve 25-place grid penalty’s – though with them unable to drop that far, drive-through penalty’s will also be served in the opening three laps of the race.

Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:12.218 1:09.062 1:08.455 Leader 30
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:10.976 1:08.634 1:08.655 -0.200 31
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:11.184 1:09.392 1:08.810 -0.155 21
4 19 Felipe Massa 1:11.830 1:09.719 1:09.192 -0.382 27
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:11.319 1:09.604 1:09.278 -0.086 22
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:11.894 1:09.598 1:09.319 -0.041 26
7 33 Max Verstappen 1:11.307 1:09.631 1:09.612 -0.293 28
8 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:12.092 1:10.187 1:09.694 -0.082 32
9 12 Felipe Nasr 1:12.001 1:09.652 1:09.713 -0.019 29
10 8 Romain Grojean 1:11.821 1:09.920 0:00.000 -0.207 22
11 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:11.661 1:10.374 Eliminated -0.454 22
12 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:12.388 1:10.426 Eliminated -0.052 20
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:11.158 1:10.465 Eliminated -0.039 23
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:11.973 1:10.482 Eliminated -0.017 19
15 14 Fernando Alonso 1:12.508 1:10.736 Eliminated -0.254 22
16 11 Sergio Perez 1:12.522 Eliminated -1.786 13
17 22 Jenson Button 1:12.632 Eliminated -0.110 12
18 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:12.867 Eliminated -0.235 10
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:14.071 Eliminated -1.204 12
20 28 Will Stevens 1:15.368 Eliminated -1.297 11
-Button with 25 place grid penalty and to serve a 10-second stop/go penalty within the first three laps of the race.

-Alonso with 25 place grid penalty and to serve a 10-second stop/go penalty within the first three laps of the race.

-Kvyat With a 10 place grid penalty.

-Ricciardo with a 10 place grid penalty.

 

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