Valtteri Bottas takes Austrian F1 GP pole from Hamilton as Vettel gets penalty

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Valtteri Bottas has managed his first pole position of the season, securing the top spot for the Austrian Grand Prix and with Lewis Hamilton in second ensured another Mercedes one-two lockout. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third in front of his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in fourth but was given a three-place grid penalty for an incident with Carlos Sainz. Red Bull, who had been hoping for more from the Renault engine’s new qualifying mode, were to be disappointed, with the Haas of Romain Grosjean getting in between Max Verstappen in fifth and Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

Bottas put in the best times on his two hot runs in Q3; both were almost perfect as he finally secured pole with a time of 1min 3.130sec. It was just over one hundredth of a second clear of Hamilton and three-tenths up on Vettel.

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Written by Giles Richards at the Red Bull Ring
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/30/valtteri-bottas-austrian-f1-gp-pole-lewis-hamilton under the title “Valtteri Bottas takes Austrian F1 GP pole from Hamilton as Vettel gets penalty”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.