F1 Bottas - victor of pole position in Austria

F1 Austria GP Preview Scuderia Ferrari 2017

"I'm sure Lewis still has a good race ahead".

"It should be an interesting [and] good fight tomorrow", he said.

"On the balance, we didn't really touch the vehicle at all during qualifying, and the laps were getting better and better as a result".

Vettel was almost two-tenths down in second, but will harbor a strong belief that he can claim pole and end Mercedes' three-year dominance on the Austrian track in the Styrian Alps. Hamilton managed to limp back to the pits but his session was over while Mercedes checked the auto in the garage. I got it set up nicely and it's great to get the second pole position of my career. Then Vettel pulled his Ferrari alongside Hamilton's auto, gesticulated, and hit him again. Tomorrow in the race we'll have to see, but we are a bit better compared to them, normally, but if that's going to be the case tomorrow, we'll see tomorrow.

"The auto was getting better and better, and I had a decent lap in the end". Vettel is on the front row and teammate Kimi Raikkonen moves up from fourth to third because of Hamilton's grid demotion.

Over the next few days I think we can expect the tense rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to heighten in the picturesque Styrian countryside which makes such a wonderful setting for the challenge of the Austrian Grand Prix.

In fact, Hamilton was quicker than Bottas in every single session through the weekend top 10 qualifying shoot-out.

Lewis Hamilton says it makes no sense for Mercedes to ask Austrian Grand Prix polesitter Valtteri Bottas to back-up Sebastian Vettel during the race in an attempt to help him. He did a fantastic job and has been driving very well all weekend and obviously Sebastian is very quick this weekend.

"I enjoyed it today", said the Finn. The track felt pretty good from the get go, the grip was wonderful from the start.

Hamilton will split Force India's feuding duo of Sergio Perez, seventh, and Esteban Ocon in ninth.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg ended Q2 in P11, just 0.047secs adrift of a place in the top-ten shootout - and only 0.005secs up on McLaren Honda's Fernando Alonso.

It was a dismal day for Williams as they struggled for pace with Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll down in 17th and 18th places on the grid, faster than only the Saubers.

Daniil Kvyat endured a hard session and wound up only 14th fastest in the second Toro Rosso, while Kevin Magnussen ended up last of the Q2 runners, having failed to participate in that segment of qualifying after his Haas suffered a rear suspension failure in Q1.

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