Valtteri Bottas has taken his second pole for the Austrian Grand Prix, starting alongside Sebastian Vettel who beat penalty-ridden Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas set his lap time early on in the final part of qualifying on the Ultra Soft tyre, going four hundredths quicker than Vettel and just a tenth quicker than Hamilton. When the top three went out to complete their final runs, both Hamilton and Vettel struggled at the first corner which caused them to abort their laps with just a minute left.
However they were denied a third and final attempt when Romain Grosjean stopped on track with reliability problems, causing the clock to tick down while the yellows came out. Max Verstappen also took a trip through the gravel at Turn 6 which sealed the fate of the top three and the Red Bull driver who could only manage sixth on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo starts from fifth at Red Bull’s home ground, while Kimi Raikkonen is fourth on the grid.
Of course with his grid penalty Hamilton starts from eighth on the grid on the Super Soft tyre having completed his Q2 run on them, between the two Force India’s who also made it to Q3 again. Carlos Sainz starts behind both of them down in 10th on the grid, having made another appearance inside the top ten.
Further down the grid Hulkenberg will start from 11th ahead of the two McLaren’s, only one of which – Stoffel Vandoorne – will start tomorrows race with the upgraded package they brought to this weekend. Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen are next, the Haas driver managing Q2 although picked up rear suspension damage on the kerbs in the first part of qualifying which left him unable to complete the rest of the session.
The surprise drop outs early on were the two Williams drivers, both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll will start from 17th and 18th respectively having just not been able to get the balance right in their cars.
Best qualfying session for Jolyon Palmer this weekend in 16th place, however he has been summoned to the stewards due to alleged impeding of Raikkonen during the session.