Austrian Round 8 Qualifying

Read on as Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton takes pole position.

Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

After the damp FP3 session, qualifying was dryer with drivers running wide at turn 1.

Kimi Raikkonen’s qualifying woes continued as he, Sergio Perez, Jenson Button, Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens were eliminated in Q1.

Q2 saw Pastor Maldonado, Marcus Ericsson, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso missing out on Q3 and out.

Lewis Hamilton sets provisional pole and enters his last lap but spins at turn 1. Nico Rosberg is the only man left to challenge Hamiton and enters the final two corners, runs wide and stops the car just in time before it hits the barrier. Hamilton is just on pole.

Qualifying Result
1. Hamilton 2. Rosberg 3. Vettel 4. Massa 5. Hulkenberg 6. Bottas 7. Verstappen 8. Nasr 9. *Grosjean 10. Maldonado 11. Ericsson 12. Sainz 13. Perez 14. Raikkonen 15. *Kvyat 16. Merhi 17. Stevens 18. *Ricciardo 19. *Alonso 20. *Button

*Kvyat received a 10 place grid penalty for his fourth engine. 8th – 15th.

*Grosjean did not set a lap time in Q3 due to a brake by wire failure.

*Ricciardo received a 10 place grid penalty for his fourth engine. He cannot take all 10 places so that will be given in the race. 14th – 18th. 5 second time.

*Alonso received a 25 place grid penalty for new parts for his car. He cannot take the full 25 places so that will be given in the race. 15th – 19th.

*Button received a 25 place grid penalty for new parts for his car. He cannot take the full 25 places so that will be given in the race. 17th – 20th.

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