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Posted By:   |  21 Jun 2014   |  3:46 pm GMT  |  183 comments

Felipe Massa clinched his first pole position since 2008 to head a qualifying one-two Williams at the Red Bull Ring and end Mercedes streak of 2014 pole positions. It’s Williams’ first front-row lockout since Germany 2003, when Juan Pablo Montoya took pole ahead of Ralf Schumacher.

Valtteri Bottas was second and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg third.

After a strong start to the season, the Williams squad have been unable to deliver a podium come Sunday afternoon. However, this weekend, and in particular on a single lap, their pace has been close to Mercedes.

However they will struggle in the opening stint of the race, judging from their tyre degradation in Friday practice. This will probably offer Rosberg his chance to get ahead of them, depending on how the start works out.

In the end in came down to drivers keeping their heads and not taking too many risks. Hamilton made mistakes on both his Q3 laps and set no time, ending up 9th, while Rosberg was very cautious on his “banker lap” in Q3 and then didn’t get the lap time in the second run, opening the door for Williams.

Massa and Bottas knew their pace was strong enough to be in with a shout of a front row, after Bottas held provisional pole following the first runs. He made a mistake on his second run, in turn leaving the door open for Massa.

Lewis Hamilton, though, was rapidly improving, with 0.4s in hand through the first two sectors of his first flyer and looking set to take his fifth pole of the season. However, a mistake in turn eight meant that the Briton went beyond the kerbing and into the run-off area. The FIA, after seeing many drivers gain an advantage from using the tarmac run-off in the penultimate corner, had prior to the session stated they would be strict in their application of the rule in regard to track limits and Hamilton’s transgression was clear cut. His time was deleted and he sat in 10th place.

As the final laps began Mercedes were under pressure then and it showed. With Bottas unable to improve on his time due to small error and Massa taking the top spot, Hamilton lost control of his W05 on the run to turn two. He spun off and that was it for his session. He will start in ninth place tomorrow as Nico Hulkenberg also had his fastest time deleted.

If you add together Hamilton’s fastest sector times, it give a lap of 1m08.658s – good enough for pole, even allowing for a poor final sector. It shows how hard he was pushing, but also the price he paid for two errors.

But the headlines today should be all about Williams and Massa. The Brazilian has not had a pole position since since his home Grand Prix in 2008 and after a life threatening crash the following year in Hungary he has been accused of losing pace.

The same can be said for Williams, whose 2012 Spanish Grand Prix victory with Pastor Maldonado remains the highlight of a lacklustre recent history. Bottas’s career-best qualifying puts Williams in very good stead heading in to tomorrow.

Their main threat will obviously come from Rosberg. The German will to some degree be satisfied with third place given Hamilton’s starting position and the German has a perfect opportunity to extend his Championship lead.

Heading the field behind Rosberg is Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who narrowly avoided an accident as he bounced across the grass on the exit of the final corner.

Daniel Ricciardo was once again the main man for Red Bull Racing, taking fifth place at the Red Bull Ring while Sebastian Vettel could only manage 13th, which will become 12th at the start once Sergio Perez’s five-place grid penalty is applied. The Force India driver qualified 11th.

Ricciardo will be joined on the third row by Kevin Magnussen, the young Dane also getting the better of his more experienced team-mate, while 22-year-old Daniil Kvyat continued to impress with seventh place.

Kimi Raikkonen will begin the race in eighth place, ahead of Hamilton and Hulkenberg.

It is likely to be a two-stop race tomorrow, with the soft, prime tyre giving good durability over a long run. Mercedes’ race pace was superior to all others during Free Practice and the victory should go to Rosberg. The interesting thing will be watching Hamilton try to find a way through the field on a narrow circuit with only two real overtaking opportunities.

Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Qualifying
1. Felipe Massa Williams 1m 08.759s
2. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m 08.846s
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m 08.944s
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m 09.285s
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m 09.466s
6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m 09.515s
7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m 09.619s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m 10.795s
9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes No time
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India No time
11. Sergio Perez Force India 1m 09.754s*
12. Jenson Button McLaren 1m 09.780s
13. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m 09.801s
14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m 09.939s
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m 10.073s
16. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m 10.642s
17. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1m 10.825s
18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m 11.349s
19. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m 11.412s
20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1m 11.673s
21. Max Chilton Marussia 1m 11.775s**
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1m 12.673s

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Why was there no penalty for Hamilton?

Obvioulsy he did a mistake, noticed it and forced a yellow flag to prevent Rosberg from taking pole…..



Good try for a wind up ‘

Looks like all tue Hamilton fans have left the post;-)


Very happy for Felipe & WIlliams.

I hope he gets a podium today!


Two minutes of silence for Maldonado who left Williams to join Lotus!!

Mr A (Melbourne)

In our brief telecast on One HD last night, the briefly shown look on Sir Frank’s face was a great pleasure for me to see.

Thank you Sir Frank for making my evening so enjoyable!

With the new system, I cannot work out how to submit this comment!


“With the new system, I cannot work out how to submit this comment!”

Don’t let it worry you, I still can’t figure out how to reply 😉


Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! Very happy for Felipe. Common Filipe! Nice to see mom holding son and rushing eagerly to meet dad on his day. Nice going, Filipe. Very happy for Massa. Very unfortunate for Lewis. Hope he gets a decent finish in the race.

Would’ve liked if they had retained the gravel traps outside turn 1 and 2 also. It’s very easy to get it wrong there, too. Looking forward to a good race, and before that, seeing the grid girls clad in that lovely, lady-befitting Austrian outfit. Need one for my honey 😀


Very happy for Massa, Bottas and the Williams team. Well done. I’m hoping for a Williams win tomorrow. Would very much like to see Felipe on the top step with Bottas 2nd, Kimi third. Ok I know I have better odds with the lottery than Kimi on the podium. Also very nice that we are treated to the Austrian GP once more. Beautiful setting, awesome track that I have missed on the calender.

Todays qualifying was very good actually, it was unexpected. A welcomed change in the status quo. Of course tomorrow could be another story. The woes of the prancing horse continue, which is really not a surprise. What is becoming shocking is Kimis lack of pace. Seems to be getting worse. Very un kimi like.

I think I’ve figured out Kimis problem. Enzo is giving him the evil eye from the grave because he’s not Italian. Fernando Alonso at least SOUNDS Italian. Done with my Ferrari conspiracy theory.

Red Bull, while theyve shown flashes of improvement seem to have faultered especially Seb. But he seems to have his head down doing everything he can, much like Kimi, the new formula is giving them fits.

Im wondering if Lewis was just being his over exuberant self or was there a problem with the hybrid brakes and or the electronics. Merc has done an awesome job with their car this year. But they arent immune to problems.


well done to pat symonds.


and clair and frank. clear is a true williams. she speaks exactly like frank. i mean, she uses the same sequence of words as frank does. and frank looks and sounds a lot stronger this weekend. i hope they win and lock smedley up in the back room.

Torchwood Five

I expect to hear Massa throwing a wobbly over the radio if Bottas tries anything so impetuous as trying to pass him, so I wonder if the team will order them pre-race to maintain the one-two position from lights to flag.

With Hamilton, I’m concerned a lot of things:

– his grip on the road, seeing the trouble with two consecutive laps;

– passing in general on the tight circuit,

– passing Rosberg on the tight circuit,

– in my humble opinion, Lewis improved his own overtaking racecraft to recover from his several collisions with Massa in early 2011, however, seeing enough (to me) Felipe-caused collisions despite the other drivers’ best efforts, I regard him a bit like Lewis’ Kryptonite, if Lewis comes up behind him. The same way most people regard Maldonado if he’s nearby.

With the rest of the drivers, there has been general enthusiasm that they are at a track that can ‘punish’ them for errors, grass, gravel, a wall. With the amount of drivers going wide and making errors, I am a bit fearful that we could have a nasty one.


Is it possible (highly unlikely) that a hacker/s has infiltrated Mercedes’ systems, and is causing systematic problems whilst on track? That rear brake issue is so weird. Again problems with electronic brakes, I understand the energy recovery side of it, but the move to fly by wire rear brakes in my opinion was the most stupid.


Great drive by Massa and Bottas F1 needs more of this. What we do nott need is a standing start after every incident, what idiot thought of that?

On a different note will Vettel have to take a pay cut next year if does not finish in front of Ricciardo? 🙂


Either that or pay Ricciardo more 😉


It’s about time, lets see if Massa can keep it there. Good on Bottas, I hope he gets a podum.


Well now I dont know what to think.. Looks like we are set for another cracker of a race! Hybrid engined tyre and fuel saving machines or not, it just goes to show that the race is the race, and F1 is F1..There is little that Bernie and Co can do to influence what happens after those helmets go on, and cars hit the track. Soul Searching..? I think its a little to early to make that call.. Or perhaps they just need to only race at Australia, Bahrain, Canada & Austria 3 or 4 times each season! 🙂


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H.Guderian (ALO fan)


June 21st, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

Vettel shows race after race he is a fake champion.

Why on earth this guy is not able to put his car in Q3 considering his “rookie” teamate did that???

This proves all the merit belongs to Newey.


As a “fake champion” he put his car only 4 places behind *bling bling* Lewis in of the best cars F1 has ever seen.


start dancing when the lady sings.


James, small clarification – Dany Kyat has 20 years old, not 22.

The Spanish Inquisitor

As I said after Australian race the season is Game Over for Hamilton. This’s Nico’s year.

Bravo Felipe. The imagen of Fernando embracing Felipe was the imagen of the day.


So happy for Felipe and a truly great day for Williams.

It’s great to see a real racing team back at the sharp end.


Go Team Williams! Here’s to a great result tomorrow, just please boys don’t take each other off.



And stay on the track at turn 8


But if you do feel the need to go off then do it with style 🙂


Wow just wow….. But it’lli be see how this race pans out though.

Williams have the car but the drivers, no. Bottas may have a chance if he can pass Massa – but expect Massa to hold the field up.

Hopefully long enough to allow hamilton to unleash the true power of the merc (Que thunder and lightning in the background)

Expect mass to take out Bottas or Rosberg early……lol


Such a ludicrous statement. Vettel gets blasted by the likes of you as an average driver for not getting max performance out of his new car but Kimi is given a free pass. It makes perfect sense Ferarri brings in a driver, pay him 20 million dollars a year and purposely give him a sub par car. The fact they have bent over backwards by switching to engineers he has worked with in the past to help get him out of his funk is proof they want him to fail.

I understand there is a lot of hatred towards Alonso for spilling the beans over the McLaren cheating incident among others but regardless of his character, he is arguably one of if not the greatest drivers in the history of F1. His peers recognize him as the best in the paddock but many here seem to know better.

He’s making Kimi look very ordinary and although I expect Kimi to improve and soon, he is not of the same caliber as Alonso and that goes for the others, Hamilton included.


Kimi has only ever been just a good driver; he needs a good car to get a result whereas Fernando Alonso can make a car punch well above it’s weight. Fernando is also the most adaptable driver in the field and possibly in the history of Formula 1. I think if Vettel could experience what it was like to drive the Ferrari in 2012, he would hand over his championship trophy to Alonso (Maybe). 😉


LOL that’s so wrong it’s funny. You need to look again at the facts, you will find F1 more enjoyable when you find out more about it.


Just wondering, how many titles did great alonso win for ferrari so far?

lets count them together …


James, if Kimi had not done another lap in Q1 on the supersofts, would he have still made it through seeing as though no one behind him was a serious threat?


@ Gaz Boy

Williams have been doing a good job, it’s clear their wind tunnel has been producing some nice figures.

I believe this is a sign of things to come, the only thing left to do is for Massa and Bottas to keep their heads from now onwards.

I wonder though what Maldonado thinks about all this.


To quote the spendidly named Dick Dastardly, “Drat and double drat !”


“Damn” comes to mind.


Well the one thing Felipe has shown this year, even more so than in the latter Ferrari years where we also saw it on occasion, is that the speed is still there. My opinion of him has dimmed slightly after Montreal; the brutal reality is that he’s far too inconsistent given his level of experience in F1. But no doubt – ‘chapeau’ to him for putting it on pole and, well, he’s always been more comfortable when starting from the front. Yes, it is a short track where the pack can catch the tail quite quickly, plus he has his team-mate on the front row, which means there is still a lot that can go wrong. But it would be a very good way of re-paying the Williams team’s repair bill if he could stick it on the podium tomorrow, and a very good way of silencing the doubts that have been forming in my mind, having liked Felipe for many years now.


Hamilton & Vettel [mod] in the Ring 🙂


let the lady sing.


Way to go Felipe and Williams!!!! I guess Pat Symond deserves some credit as well 🙂

If I´m not mistaken is the first Williams 1 and 2 in 11 years.


Nico Rosberg should put his head down and make the most of this situation. Anyone betting against him doing just that.

According to me, Williams this year is like how Mercedes was last year. Those rear tyres are gonna quickly fade. Hoping Rosberg will be there to pounce!

Yeah against popular demand, I want a Mercedes to win. I want Rosberg to win. Feel sad for Lewis. Would love to know what happened to this car. Alonso was lucky to get that car on 4th. This is gonna be an exciting race. Kimi said, he just could not get the car working into Turn 1. Will be painful to see his race tomorrow if that is going to be the case again

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