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Felipe Massa stormed to his first pole position since 2008 as Williams managed to beat the Mercedes team in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Massa’s teammate, Valtori Bottas, will start alongside the Brazilian as Williams locked-out the front-row for the first time since the German Grand Prix in 2003.
Massa produced a lap-time of 1:08.759 to ensure that he beat his team-mate by just 0.087 seconds.Bottas had previously made a mistake on his second flying-lap.
The pair capitalised after Lewis Hamilton was unable to produce a lap time in Q3. Hamilton’s first lap was disallowed due to exceeding the track limits before he then spun off the track on his second run.
Hamilton will start down in ninth place, thanks to Nico Hulkenburg also seeing his lap disallowed for exceeding the track limits around turn eight.
Nico Rosberg could not quite produce a clean lap to punish his teammate, but the championship leader will still be happy with third place on the grid.
Fernando Alonso quietly put his Ferrari onto the second-row of the grid and will start alongside Rosberg. Alonso will be very happy with the improved Ferrari and normally has decent race starts.
Daniel Ricciardo managed to put his Red Bull into fifth place but was clearly struggling to keep control of his car throughout the session.
Rookie drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat produced strong performances and will start in sixth and seventh places respectively.
Sebastian Vettel went out in the second part of qualifying and will start the race down in 12th place. The reigning champion had one lap to save himself but it was a scruffy one, with a couple of lock-ups.
It is the third time this season that Vettel has failed to make it into Q3 and the sixth time that Ricciardo has out-qualified him.
McLaren’s Jenson Button also failed to get into the top ten as he qualified in 11th place and the 2009 champion must be growing tired of the team’s performances.
Both Vettel and Button benefited from Sergio Perez’s five-place grid penalty, as the Mexican had originally put his Force India into 11th place.
It was a terrible day for Sauber, with both Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez going out in Q1. Sutil saw one of his better laps ruled out for exceeding the track limits around turn eight.
Both of the Maurussia and Caterham drivers joined Sutil and Gutierrez in the bottom six.
Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Results