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Valtteri Bottas takes pole in Austria Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel gets penalty

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari had claimed third place behind Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the Austria GP qualifying, but the former was given three-place penalty

other sports Updated: Jun 30, 2018 22:43 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Spielberg
Valtteri Bottas,Lewis Hamilton,Austrian GP
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland takes a curve during the qualifying session for the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack.(AP)

Valtteri Bottas roared to pole position ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s tense and closely-contested qualifying for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The softly-spoken Finn clocked a track record fastest lap in 1min 03.130sec to outstrip Hamilton by 0.019 seconds as Mercedes reeled off their third front row lockout of the season.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari claimed third with a late fast lap in the final minute to push his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen down to fourth. But he was handed a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after stewards ruled he had impeded Renault’s Carlos Sainz in qualifying.

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Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas, Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen in the second Ferrari-powered Haas.

Carlos Sainz was ninth ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

First Published: Jun 30, 2018 20:09 IST