Hamilton hit with 5-place grid penalty for gearbox change

Vettel Hamilton face off again in Austria after Baku road rage

The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was third, with Vettel nearly half a second down on Hamilton. Then Vettel beat them with a 1:05.384.

Two weeks ago in Baku, an irate Vettel swerved into Hamilton, albeit at slow speed, because he thought the British driver slammed his brakes on recklessly late, right in front of him, seconds earlier.

Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by 14 points in the Formula One Drivers' Championship as they prepare for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

"Hopefully, we can be more competitive tomorrow", said Vettel. "We've still got great performance and hopefully I can do a good job and get some good points". Other short odds to win are Sebastian Vettel (+187) and Valtteri Bottas (+375).

Hopes of a crackling showdown between the Mercedes and Ferrari rivals in the final seconds were blown away when Romain Grosjean's Haas broke down on track and brought out the warning flags.

Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position at the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second. "The vehicle has been phenomenal so I'm looking forward to tomorrow [Sunday]". "And for sure Lewis can fight back from where he's starting".




But his Mercedes stablemate dismissed any idea of trying to hold up Vettel.

"From what I've seen in our pre-race strategy, that isn't in the notes", the Finn said. "It makes sense for him to push as hard as he can to win the race".

"Not quick enough but I was happy, the vehicle was really good", said Vettel after missing out on a 48th career pole. It is a great track, it is a shame it is a bit short, but really enjoyable with a lot of high-speed corners and the vehicle was been really phenomenal. "It just wasn't meant to be today", said Hamilton, whose gearbox was swapped out after the team discovered a problem from the previous race in Azerbaijan. "I'm really looking forward to the race".

Bottas used super-softs to lower the benchmark to a 1m06.690s, then became the first driver to dip below Hamilton's FP1 best with a 1m05.869s. Magnussen stopped on the track with a technical issue, he was later pulled out of the session by the team. Valtteri did a fantastic job and I'm very happy for him. "I think in the first stint it's just about length", he said. He slowly understood that he did a big mistake and at least he ensured me that it would never happen again. "But we move on and I will".

But Vettel did not rule out Hamilton's chances of challenging on Sunday.

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