Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Valtteri Bottas claims pole for Austrian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas claims pole for Austrian Grand Prix

It will give them some real test of their auto and the conditions before the all-important qualifying on Saturday where attaining a pole position would be on all drivers' agenda, especially for Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas.

Bottas qualified on pole position on Saturday, the second pole of his career, and will start ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel in second.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is expecting an "interesting" and "good fight" with Sebastian Vettel in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix, after taking pole position. This year, Vettel is first in the point standings.

"The auto was really good".

A Mercedes mechanic looks under the race vehicle of driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the second practice session for the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Friday, July 7, 2017. That means Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen moves up from fourth to third. I did the best job that I could.

He also believes his team-mate Lewis Hamilton will recover from eighth on the grid after his gearbox change penalty. "I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard for the rest of the season in the same way I always have".

But Vettel did not rule out Hamilton's chances of challenging.

"I have been training, keeping my head down, staying focused and staying quiet and making sure I came here healthy and strong so we can fight". If I did think RedBull where going to race well I may be inclined to look a podium finish at the 5/2, 11/4 mark. "I enjoyed it today driving in front of this crowd so thanks for the support". But I think it is very good if Sebastian is supporting, helping, Formula 4 drivers, Formula 3 drivers, Formula 2 drivers.

Hackers (Possibly Russian) Have Been Aggressively Targeting US Nuclear Facilities
The corporate network and the internet were separate from the network that runs the plant, these officials were quoted as saying. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security said there's now no threat to the public.

Williams duo Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll both had a dismal qualifying and were a lowly 17th and 18th, with the Sauber's of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein bringing up the rear.

Mercedes joined the field moments later, with Bottas on supersofts and Hamilton on ultrasofts.

Danish driver Kevin Magnussen, boosted by his seventh place in Azerbaijan, was hampered by suspension problems and was one of the five drivers who failed to make it into Q3 - as did both McLarens.

Bottas used super-softs to lower the benchmark to a 1m06.690s, then became the first driver to dip below Hamilton's FP1 best with a 1m05.869s.

Qualifying is at 2pm on Saturday with the race starting at the same time on Sunday. Five of those grid positions can be accounted for by his gearbox penalty, but he also has himself to blame for not maximising the performance of his auto and minimising the impact of the grid drop. The change was made Tuesday, and Mercedes had already changed it once before the last race.

Vettel has not had great success at this race, retiring in two of the last three years.

Hamilton is the defending champion of this race.

Like this: