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  1. Bottas on pole, Vettel 2nd, Hamilton will start 8th after penalty
  2. Hamilton refuses to shake Vettel's hand when asked by interviewer
  3. Five-place grid penalty for Hamilton after gearbox change
  4. Raikkonen 3rd, Ricciardo 4th, Verstappen spins off on flying lap

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By Gary Rose

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All smiles after qualifying, but will it be the same after tomorrow's race?

Following the antics in Azerbaijan, it's going to be a fascinating watch if Lewis Hamilton catches Sebastian Vettel in tomorrow's race.

Lights out at 13:00 BST. Our coverage starts at 11:30. See you then.

On thin ice?

Sebastian Vettel will surely have to be on best behaviour tomorrow after clashing with Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan.

BBC Radio 5 live's F1 commentator Jack Nicholls looks at why championship leader Vettel is on "incredibly thin ice" after being reprimanded by the FIA for his part in that incident.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: This bickering of handshakes just because it is @LewisHamilton makes no sense! Those doing it are not being fair on him!

Dakter: Not a fan of Lewis, but he DID shake Seb's hand when he arrived on d scene.

You don't often read the words "perfect" and "car" in the same sentence from Fernando Alonso but that's what he's put after qualifying 12th today, narrowily missing out on the top 10.

"Happy for today's qualy laps," he wrote on Instagram. "Thanks to the team for the hard work yesterday night and this morning to have the car perfect for qualy. More to come tomorrow!"

And, after Sebastian Vettel drove into Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last-time out, here's another fancy graphic highlighting which F1 champions have seen the red mist over the years...


Lewis Hamilton needs a big performance tomorrow as he looks to cut the 14-point gap between himself and Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship.

Here's a handy graphic to show how the season has panned out for the pair so far...


Palmer summoned to stewards

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austria

Best qualifying for a while for Palmer, less than 0.2secs off Hulkenberg in Q1. But he has been summoned by stewards for allegedly impeding Raikkonen.

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Hope for Hamilton?

If Lewis Hamilton needs inspiration, he need only look at what Max Verstappen did last year.

The young Dutchman started ninth on the grid but, utilising a one-stop strategy, was able to climb up to second.

Hamilton starts tomorrow on super-softs, so will be able to go longer into the race than those around him, who are on ultra-softs.

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Not even the ignominy of having to wear a lederhosen-inspired race suit could ruin Max Verstappen's mood as he went from eighth to second at last year's Austrian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position
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Pole position for Valtteri Bottas was the second of his career after he started on pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.

He also becomes the first Finnish driver with multiple pole positions since Kimi Raikkonen in 2008.

.@ValtteriBottas is first Finnish driver with multiple pole positions in a single #Formula1 season since Kimi Räikkönen in 2008 #AustrianGP

In fairness to Lewis Hamilton, no-one likes being forced to make a public reconciliation.

It also appears they did shake hands before they were on camera.

Before #Handshakegate gets out of control, they shook hands before the interviews started.

'I did the best I could'

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, third quickest in qualifying, but will start tomorrow's race from eighth after five-place grid penalty, said: "Congratulations to Valtteri and to Sebastian. They were both very fast. I did the best job that I could.

"I will do the best job I can tomorrow. I want to get a one-two with Valtteri so will try to do that."

'I'm happy'

Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel, who was second quickest in qualifying: "My lap was not quick enough but I am very happy. I was hoping for a last run but it was an anticlimax with the yellow flag. It is a great track, shame it is a bit short."

'Car getting better and better'

Valtteri Bottas, who secured pole position: "I enjoyed it today. The car was getting better and better as the day went on and I'm very happy to be on pole."

Colourful journalist Davide Valsecchi, conducting the post-qualifying interviews, tries to encourage Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to shake hands after chatting to them.



Team radio

"That's P1 Valtteri..."

"Yes! Thank you."....

A Kimi-esque response from the Finn....

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BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas delivered at every point during this qualifying session.

I have to be honest with you - even if we had finished the session, I don't think anyone else could have beaten him. He very much deserves this pole position.

Hamilton just didn't quite switch it on during qualifying.

Qualifying top 10

1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3) Raikkonen 4) Ricciardo 5) Verstappen 6) Grosjean 7) Perez 8) Hamilton (after penalty is applied) 9) Ocon 10) Sainz

Sebastian Vettel qualifies second with Kimi Raikkonen third.

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's race from eighth after his grid-penalty is applied.

Chequered flag

Valtteri Bottas secures pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hang on! Last-second drama as Max Verstappen skids off the track and into the gravel. Not sure what happened there.

Yellow flag

Yellow flags!

Romain Grosjean has come to a stop on the track.

That's it for qualifying, a very anti-climatic end.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Ironically, The Red Bull Ring it's not Red Bull's strongest circuit. They have improved here over the years but it doesn't seem to suit this car.

They are in a position they are going to qualify in 5th or 6th. It will take a pretty blinding lap from Daniel Ricciardo to get 4th.

Everyone is coming out of the pits now.

The battle for pole position is well and truly under way.

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Max Verstappen hopes to get an improved time in with a clear track as he heads out before anyone else. He does improve, but not enough to lift him off sixth.

Three minutes remaining in Q3. No-one else is joining Verstappen on the track just yet.

Top 10 after those first laps is:

1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3 Hamilton 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Verstappen 7) Grosjean 8) Perez 9) Ocon 10) Sainz

Team radio

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi's race engineer: "Sorry Kimi, I thought we would get out before him... "

Kimi: "*inaudible grumbling*"

Kimi's race engineer: "Yep, sorry. My mistake".

Classic Kimi. At least he had his steering wheel this time, you don't want to hear him when he hasn't got one.

Actually you do, listen here.

Valtteri Bottas

Ding ding! Round one goes to Valtteri Bottas. The first lot of timed laps sees the Finn top of the timesheet with 1:04.251.

Sebastian Vettel is second (+0.042) with Lewis Hamilton third (0.173), Kimi Raikkonen fourth (0.528), Daniel Ricciardo fifth (+0.746) and Max Verstappen sixth (+0.8).

Max Verstappen leads Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton out onto the track.

Final qualifying starts

Here we go then. The battle for pole position is under way.

Max Verstappen is keen. He's waiting patiently at the pitlane exit for the light to go green. Still about 40 seconds to go, though.

Maybe he just wants to soak up all that applause from the large amount of fans he has here. It's like a home race for him.

Max Verstappen fans

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austria

Re McLaren, of course Vandoorne has the upgraded engine, which is worth in the region of 0.15secs.

Confirmation, then, that Lewis Hamilton will start the race on super-soft tyres.

Meanwhile, a very good session for Romain Grosjean as he gets into the top 10 shootout.

Kevin Magnussen's suspension issue aside, Haas have looked good in Austria. Explains the lack of moaning from Grosjean...

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austria

Stoffel Vandoorne

Both McLarens out in Q2 but definite improvements from Vandoorne, 0.135secs off Alonso. "Getting there," he says.

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Sergio Perez

One team I have got to give a shout out, is Force India with Perez and Ocon because I said they had been struggling all weekend but they are both in Q3 and will aim high.


1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3) Hamilton 4) Verstappen 5) Raikkonen 6) Ricciardo 7) Grosjean 8) Perez 9) Sainz 10) Ocon


11) Hulkenberg 12) Alonso 13) Vandoorne 14) Kvyat 15) Magnussen

Chequered flag

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso drops into the elimination zone as Esteban Ocon improves...