Hamilton handed five-grid penalty

Posted July 09, 2017

But Hamilton has form in Austria.

But there was a freakish moment at the end of qualifying today when Hamilton was asked to shake hands with Vettel by the Sky Sports presenter.

"Congratulations to Valtteri and to Sebastian", Hamilton said.

Both the McLarens were into Q2, with Daniil Kvyat behind them and Nico Hülkenberg qualifying 11th. Today it is still hard to judge, but the auto is very good and we made some improvements. "It should be a good fight tomorrow", said Bottas, who is third in the title race but trails championship leader Vettel by 42 points. "I'm sure Lewis still has a lot of time to come back and get points for the team".

Hamilton was third, but he will drop five places due to a gearbox change being needed on his vehicle, and he will fall behind the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, the two Red Bull Racing cars of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, as well as the Haas of Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez's Force India on the grid.

Hamilton lost a little running time due to a spark plug change and complained during his long-run stint towards the end of the session that he felt a little uncomfortable, but it was no major issue as he once again set the pace.

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Hamilton is expected to serve a five-place grid penalty in this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, after Mercedes replaced his gearbox.

After seeing the MercedesAMG's man go fastest in both of Friday's sessions, Mr. Vettel responded with a time of 1m5.092s in FP3.

"It was pretty straightforward session, there were no real issues, the vehicle was good", he said.

"From what I've seen on the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes", he said. 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.

He felt he should have pushed his auto a bit harder.

"I enjoyed it today", said Bottas after giving Mercedes its 80th pole position.

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Red Bull's Dutch teenager Max Verstappen starts fifth with Grosjean sixth.

Williams' miserable weekend in Spielberg continued as both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were eliminated in Q1, finishing 17th and 18th as the new updates for the FW40 auto continued to cause headaches.

Raikkonen was a full 0.5s off the battle for pole position and did not come close to matching Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel's times in FP1 or any of the three qualifying sessions.

In Q1, Jolyon Palmer ended up just on the wrong side of the cut-off in 16th for Renault - 0.029secs shy of Vandoorne and Q2.

Vettel, meanwhile, will start his Ferrari alongside Mercedes' polesitter Valtteri Bottas on the front row of the grid.

Hamilton finished third and seventh respectively in his two previous starts from outside the top six on the grid (in Belgium in 2016 and in Monaco earlier this season).

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