F1: Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton on the Pole

F1: Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton on the Pole

F1: Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton on the Pole


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

Spielberg, Austria Finished 
2 July 2016 12:00 – 13:00
Driver Car Team Time
GBRLewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:07.922
DEUNico Rosberg 6 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:08.465
DEUNico Hülkenberg 27 Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:09.285
DEUSebastian Vettel 5 Scuderia Ferrari 1:09.781
GBRJenson Button 22 McLaren Honda 1:09.900
FINKimi Räikkönen 7 Scuderia Ferrari 1:09.901
AUSDaniel Ricciardo 3 Red Bull Racing 1:09.980
FINValtteri Bottas 77 Williams Martini Racing 1:10.440
NEDMax Verstappen 33 Red Bull Racing 1:11.153
BRAFelipe Massa 19 Williams Martini Racing 1:11.977
MEXEsteban Gutiérrez 21 Haas F1 Team 1:07.578
DEUPascal Wehrlein 94 Manor Racing 1:07.700
FRARomain Grosjean 8 Haas F1 Team 1:07.850
ESPFernando Alonso 14 McLaren Honda 1:08.154
ESPCarlos Sainz 55 Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:07.618
MEXSergio Pérez 11 Sahara Force India F1 Team 1:07.657
DANKevin Magnussen 20 Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:07.941
GBRJolyon Palmer 30 Renault Sport Formula One Team 1:07.965
INARio Haryanto 88 Manor Racing 1:08.026
RUSDaniil Kvyat 26 Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:08.409
SWEMarcus Ericsson 9 Sauber F1 Team 1:08.418
BRAFelipe 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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