Lewis Hamilton claimed Pole position (his 52nd career Pole) in qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix Saturday,
The MercedesAMG team driver recorded a time of 1:07.922 to take Top Spot in front of Nico Rosberg who came 2nd. Jenson Button will start in 3rd.
Nico Rosberg, 31 anni, is the only current Formula One driver to have won twice in Austria and Mercedes’ championship points leader intends to keep it that way Sunday by completing his hat-trick in Red Bull territory.
The Mr. Rosberg arrives at the scenic Red Bull Ring buoyed after a victory in Baku which restored his lead over team mate and 3X champion Lewis Hamilton to 24 points with 13 races remaining.
Mr. Rosberg dominated in Azerbaijan, leading all the way from Pole position and also setting the fastest lap.
Yet he has never started from the front in Austria, winning last year from second on the grid and third in 2014 when Williams swept the front row.
Mr. Hamilton, who finished 5th in Baku after starting 10th, will be looking to do much better at what he calls an ‘Old School Track’.
Red Bull, who owns circuit, will be thinking along the same lines.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was 8th and 10th in the last 2 runnings of the race as the former champions’ highest finisher.
Team principal Christian Horner expected another challenging day at a power-sensitive circuit more likely to favor Mercedes-engined rivals with Force India and Williams in the mix.
Only Mercedes-powered cars have finished in the Top 3 since the race returned to the calendar in Y 2014 after an 11-year break, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel 4th last season.
According to Pirelli’s race preview, the track has been completely resurfaced this year, so the grip level is something of a wild card. Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery, thinks some teams might opt for 2stops in the race this year, as opposed to the favored 1-stop strategy from Y 2015.
Saturday’s Qualifying Results
|2 July 2016 12:00 – 13:00|
|Lewis Hamilton||44||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||1:07.922|
|Nico Rosberg||6||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||1:08.465|
|Nico Hülkenberg||27||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:09.285|
|Sebastian Vettel||5||Scuderia Ferrari||1:09.781|
|Jenson Button||22||McLaren Honda||1:09.900|
|Kimi Räikkönen||7||Scuderia Ferrari||1:09.901|
|Daniel Ricciardo||3||Red Bull Racing||1:09.980|
|Valtteri Bottas||77||Williams Martini Racing||1:10.440|
|Max Verstappen||33||Red Bull Racing||1:11.153|
|Felipe Massa||19||Williams Martini Racing||1:11.977|
|Esteban Gutiérrez||21||Haas F1 Team||1:07.578|
|Pascal Wehrlein||94||Manor Racing||1:07.700|
|Romain Grosjean||8||Haas F1 Team||1:07.850|
|Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren Honda||1:08.154|
|Carlos Sainz||55||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:07.618|
|Sergio Pérez||11||Sahara Force India F1 Team||1:07.657|
|Kevin Magnussen||20||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:07.941|
|Jolyon Palmer||30||Renault Sport Formula One Team||1:07.965|
|Rio Haryanto||88||Manor Racing||1:08.026|
|Daniil Kvyat||26||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1:08.409|
|Marcus Ericsson||9||Sauber F1 Team||1:08.418|
|Felipe Nasr||12||Sauber F1 Team||1:08.446|
|Race||Sunday||7:30a EDT (CNBC)|
Enjoy the race and the rest of the 4th of July Hoilday weekend.
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