After weeks and months of missed chances and botched pit stops and wondering what might have been, the Williams Martini team has finally made good on the promise it showed in the pre-season practice sessions. That’s because, tomorrow, for the first time in more than ten years, we will have an all-Williams front row for the start of a Grand Prix race!
Felipe Massa an Valtteri Bottas didn’t falter as the dominant Mercedes/AMG Hybrids of Rosberg and Hamilton fell to (what appeared to be) driver errors and electronic glitches. The bulletproof Williams, meanwhile, will start the race just ahead of Rosberg’s Mercedes with Ferrari’s two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso starting from fourth … which is a bit better than his “traditional” P5 starting place.
Speaking of World Championship-winning drivers, 2008 WDC Lewis Hamilton will be starting in the 10th spot after throwing his qualifying session away by putting all 4 of his Merc’s wheels off the racing line (a big no-no at the Austrian GP), and four-time WDC Sebastian Vettel failed to get his Red Bull Renault out of Q2, making this the 6th time this season that he’s been out-qualified by his teammate and the first time that he’s been out-driven by rookie Daniil Kvyat in the “junior” Red Bull/Toro Rosso team.
So, yeah – it’s a bad time to be ol’ Seb.
There weren’t many surprises further back in the field – except, perhaps, that Sergio Perez’ 5 grid-spot penalty from Canada was upheld. So, despite setting the 11th best time of the day, Perez’ will start from 16th. You can see how this morning’s Austrian GP qualifying played out for everyone else, below.
|Car No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||5|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||10|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||11|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||13|
Source: Formula 1.