- Hamilton misses out by 0.012 seconds, locks out front row for Mercedes
- Ferrari struggle for pace
Valtteri Bottas survived a wild off track moment to secure pole position in qualifying for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton, who completed a dominant front row lockout for Mercedes.
The Finnish driver lapped the 4.3-kilometre long Red Bull Ring track in 1min 02.939 secs, a new track record, before flying off the circuit in the session’s dying seconds, squandering what would have been an even faster final attempt. But it was still good enough to beat Hamilton, the only other man who could have beaten him on an imperious afternoon for Mercedes, by a mere 0.012 seconds.
Max Verstappen, (winner in Austria the last two years) who will start on a more durable tyre than his Mercedes rivals, was third for Red Bull but over 0.538 seconds…