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GP Week : Issue 204
QUALIFYING FORMULA 1 Round 8 AUSTRIAN GP – Qualifying POS # DRIvER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS 1 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:10.292 1:09.239 1:08.759 19 2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:10.356 1:09.096 1:08.846 19 3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:09.695 1:08.974 1:08.944 17 4 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:10.405 1:09.479 1:09.285 25 5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.395 1:09.638 1:09.466 22 6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.081 1:09.473 1:09.515 29 7 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:09.678 1:09.490 1:09.619 21 8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:10.285 1:09.657 1:10.795 23 9 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:09.514 1:09.092 No time 15 10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:10.389 1:09.624 No time 23 11 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:10.124 1:09.754 18 12 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.252 1:09.780 22 13 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:10.630 1:09.801 15 14 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:10.821 1:09.939 18 15 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:10.161 1:10.073 19 16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:10.461 1:10.642 21 17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:10.825 10 18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:11.349 10 19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.412 9 20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:11.673 10 21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:11.775 10 22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:12.673 11 Perez and Chilton drop 5 and 3 grid places respectively for causing collisions at previous round. Mercedes tripped and Williams, not Red Bull nor Ferrari, pounced. That was the stunning outcome of a dramatic Q3 session at the Red Bull Ring ... and, oh yes, the ‘home team’ had a fail – world champion sebastian Vettel not even in the top-ten Q3 shootout. So what happened? Small it may be, but the renovated A1-ring circuit is one which (a) places a premium on power and (b) lacks fast-medium corners of the kind that benefit an aero-effective car. And that is two strikes against Red Bull. Bizarrely, the team’s home track is one probably least- suited to it, and it showed. Fernando Alonso out-qualified both Red Bulls for the first time, but the red cars found themselves outgunned by the two white cars from Didcot – nevertheless grid four was the best qualifying performance from a Ferrari for some time. After they had dominated earlier sessions it seemed a given that Mercedes would lock out the front row but it all fell apart in those vital last few minutes of Q3. Lewis, on a lap that could have been pole, ran wide at the tricky Turn 8 and had the lap disallowed. Then, on his second run, simply locked the rears into Turn 2 and spun. Game over, no time recorded. The side-effect of Lewis’ spin was that Rosberg, next in line, had to lift for the yellows and couldn’t improve on his earlier lap. A little further up the road, the Williams team was reaping a massive reward for the continuing improvement of its cars. First Bottas eclipsed Rosberg’s time, then, in the dying seconds, Massa went faster. It was a stunning, but well-deserved front row lockout, and Felipe was effusive: "It's an incredible moment for me, but the whole team is feeling this too. The team has a great history and we continue to build on that. It's a special day. I had some traffic earlier in the session but when it counted I did the best I could. There is a lot to do tomorrow and we have a very strong Mercedes behind us. Today is a day I won't forget though and it's the first time my son has seen me get pole so emotions are high." Engineering chief Rob Smedley was thrilled, but realistic: Williams 1-2: just like '03 ABOVE: Felipe describes his pole lap to Martin Brundle on the Sky Wall. locked 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: