Felipe Massa has caused a massive upset by placing his Williams on pole for the Austrian Grand Prix, his first pole since his accident in Hungary 2008.

The Williams were threatening all weekend with their pace, but not many would have predicted both cars beating the works Mercedes team.

Valtteri Bottas hit the top of the timesheets early in Q3 with a 1:08.846, a time that would remain unbeaten by both Mercedes Austria qualifyingdrivers.

Lewis Hamilton had a session to forget as his first lap was disqualified by the Stewards, as he exceeded track limits at Turn Eight. Then on his second attempt to post a time in Q3 he locked his rear brakes and spun into Turn Two, ending his chance at pole position.

His team-mate Nico Rosberg was able to complete two timed laps in Q3, however fell just under two tenths short from Bottas.

Daniil Kvyat starred for Toro Rosso, setting consistent times in the top 10 and even finishing second at the end of Q1.

Both he and Kevin Magnussen have had experience at this track, albeit not in F1 cars. Throughout the weekend it was being debated whether racing at the Red Bull Ring in a different category provided an advantage, the results show that it did as Magnussen will line up sixth on the grid with Kvyat a place behind in seventh.

It was business as usual for Fernando Alonso, placing his Ferrari in fourth position and four places ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Just to accentuate Alonso’s current speed over Raikkonen, Alonso was able to make a large mistake by going off the track at Turn Eight on the grass and still post a faster time than Raikkonen by 0.2 seconds in Q2.

Sebastian Vettel failed to make it out of Q2 as the Red Bull’s seem to have been struggling for grip. He’s now been out-qualified by his Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who’s made every Q3 session this year. He will line up fifth for tomorrows race.

Nico Hulkenberg made Q3 for Force India; however his only flying lap was disqualified by the Stewards as he was another driver to have exceeded track limits at Turn Eight. His disqualification relegated him to 10th position and promoted Hamilton to ninth.

Pastor Maldonado made Q2 for the second time this year and out-qualified his team-mate Romain Grosjean. The pair will start 14th and 16th respectively.

 

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