F1: MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas on the Pole for the Austrian Grand Prix
FLASH: Sebastian Vettel has felt the heavy hand of the F1 race stewards for a 2nd week running after being hit with a 3-place grid penalty for blocking Carlos Sainz during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix Saturday.
The 2018 Formula 1 World Championship is a close fight and a 2nd major error from Mr. Vettel in 2 weeks is not helping his cause.
Mr. Vettel was summoned to the stewards shortly after qualifying and was judged to have unfairly impeded the Renault of Carlos Sainz during the 2nd part of qualifying. Both drivers made it through to the Top 10 shootout but had this not been the case, the punishment may have been more severe.
Having completed his flying lap, Mr. Vettel had been slowly returning to the pits. He passed Mr. Sainz while on his lap but thought that the Renault had pulled into the pits rather than continue onto a quick lap. There was also no radio communication to alert Mr. Vettel of the rapidly approaching Renault either.
Mr. Vettel admitted fault but will now start from 6th in Sunday’s Grand Prix, promoting teammate Kimi Raikkonen to 3rd, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to 4th and Haas’ Romain Grosjean to 5th.
Saturday afternoon, MercedesAMGs’ Valtteri Bottas beat the track record to take the Pole for the Austrian Grand Prix for the 5th in his F1 career.
He posted a fastest lap of 1 min, 3.130 secs at the end of Q3, beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a MercedesAMG front-row lockout.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will begin in 3rd and 4th, respectively, for Ferrari.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Vettel was Tops in final practice, Friday’s practice was dominated by MercedesMAG, with Mr. Hamilton leading his Team 1-2 in both practice runs.
Below is a recap of the action from the Red Bull Ring, at Spielberg, setting up for the race Sunday.
Mr. Bottas’ Pole Lap
This is the grid for Sunday’s race