SPIELBERG, Austria – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s 2016 Austrian F1 GP on pole after a qualifying session that finished in rain. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) will be alongside him.
Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg was actually second fastest in quali but must take a five-place grid penalty; The Hulk’s fastest lap actually placed him third on the grid (see qualifying times below) but he too might face a penalty – he was being investigated for a possible yellow-flag infringement.
Fourth-fastest Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) also takes a five-place penalty for, like Rosberg, an unscheduled gearbox change so Jenson Button (McLaren) will start third.
TOP 10 QUALIFYING TIMES
1 LEWIS HAMILTON (MERCEDES) 1min07.922
2 NICO ROSBERG (MERCEDES) 1min08.465
3 NICO HULKENBERG (FORCE INDIA) 1min09.285
4 SEBASTIAN VETTEL (FERRARI) 1min09.781
5 JENSON BUTTON (MCLAREN) 1min09.900
6 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN (FERRARI) 1min09.901
7 DANIEL RICCIARDO (RED BULL) 1min09.980
8 VALTTERI BOTTAS (WILLIAMS) 1min10.440
9 MAX VERSTAPPEN (RED BUL) 1min11.153
10 FELIPE MASSA (WILLIAMS) 1min11.977
PROVISIONAL GRID POSITIONS
Hamilton, Hulkenberg; Button, Raikkonen; Ricciardo, Bottas; Rosberg, Verstappen; Vettel, Massa; Gutierrez, Wehrlein; Grosjean, Alonso; Sainz; Perez; Magnussen, Palmer; Haryanto, Kvyat; Ericsson, Nasr.