Back to back races from Austria saw Lewis Hamilton take pole position yet again at his home Grand Prix and a track where he has had much success over his career. Both Mercedes matched each other in the beginning of Q3 but in the end Hamilton’s time was out of reach.
Although the real winner will be declared on Sunday’s race, it was Lewis Hamilton who took pole position on Saturday afternoon ahead of his home Grand Prix in Britain after his initial lap time was deleted due to track limits.
Carlos Sainz had an impressive qualifying for Toro Rosso to come into Q3, after what has been a tough weekend for the Italian based team this weekend. His teammate Daniil Kvyat unfortunately only managed 15th.
Sebastian Vettel takes a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change and the third one for this season after taking penalties in both Austria and Russia. He was out-qualified by his Finnish Ferrari teammate and will be starting outside the top 10.
Many lap times were deleted in qualifying, which included those of both Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer. Going off track for Kevin meant that the time he set to get into Q2 was in question which caused confusion for McLaren. Although despite the initial hope Jenson Button would appear in Q2, Kevin’s lap time was deemed legal.
Kimi Raikkonen made mistakes on his Q2 laps as his boss Maurizio Arrivabenne shook his head, just days after he was renewed his contract with Ferrari. He did make it into Q3 and qualified ahead of Sebastian Vettel in fifth.
Sergio Perez missed out in Q3 with just a tenth of a second between him and his teammate. It does, however, mean that he will get a free choice of tyres for the race come Sunday, which is often seen a strong place for Force India to be starting.
Felipe Massa failed to make it into Q3 for the fourth time this year at a place where they went very well in 2015 and will start 12th.
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