Valtteri Bottas takes second consecutive Austrian Grand Prix Pole
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 30, 2018 Updated: 11:02 AM PT
SPIELBERG, Austria — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas grabbed his fifth career pole position ahead of Sunday’s Austria Grand Prix. Bottas also takes his second consecutive pole at the Red Bull Ring.
“It feels really good to get my first pole position of the season. I like this track a lot; last year I had a good weekend here and this year the weekend has started well again,” said Bottas.
Teammate Lewis Hamilton finished second to make it a Mercedes one-two. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took third and was 0.334s down from Bottas. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth.
Max Verstappen took fifth as the Dutch driver looks to put on a good show for the thousands of Dutch fans in attendance this weekend.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished sixth with Daniel Ricciardo splitting the two Haas cars with Kevin Magnussen 0.159s behind his teammate in eighth.
“In Q3 the balance was actually pretty good and in the high speed we are at the limit of the grip, but we just don’t have a fast package on this track. There are no points for Qualifying so let’s see what we can do tomorrow in the race,” said Ricciardo.
Renault’s Carlos Sainz qualified ninth with teammate Nico Hulkenberg taking the tenth and final points paying position. Esteban Ocon finished 11th followed by Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in 12th. Monégasque driver Charles Leclerc qualified 13th but will move down five places due to a gearbox change.
Leclerc’s penalty will move Fernando Alonso to 13th followed by the Williams of Lance Stroll to 14th and Stoffel Vandoorne, who missed Q2 by 0.007s, to 15th.
Only 0.008s separate Vandoorne and Sergio Perez, who will start tomorrow's race from 16th in the second Force India. Stroll’s Williams teammate Sergey Sirotkin will move to 17th with Leclerc in 18th.
Brendon Hartley and Marcus Ericsson finish out the final two spots on the grid for Toro Rosso and Sauber in 19th and 20th.