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Austrian GP 2015 (qualifying): Hamilton takes Austrian pole

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GP Austria 2015 (qualifying)
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L ewis Hamilton remains a force in the 2015 season. In qualifying for the Austrian GP 2015, the defending champion set the fastest time in 1: 08.455 minutes in his Mercedes AMG W06 and thus has the best chance of the fifth win of the season on Sunday.

Hamilton already set his fastest lap in the first run in Q3. In the second attempt shortly before the end, the double world champion made a mistake. When braking to turn one, the rear of the car broke out abruptly, which resulted in a high-speed spin. Nico Rosberg could not exploit Hamilton's mistake, however. Because he made a mistake too.

After an absolute best time in the middle sector, Rosberg overdid it in the final section of the 4.326 kilometer route and slipped out in the last corner. In his first run, the Mercedes driver was two tenths short of his stable rivals to prevent his 45th career pole. 'I knew that I was missing two tenths of a second on Lewis. Up until the last corner I was exactly that faster. It's very frustrating,' said Rosberg.

Vettel closer to Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel landed in third place with a gap of 0.355 seconds on Hamilton. This means that Ferrari is much closer to Mercedes than in previous qualifying sessions, but the Italians couldn't really annoy the Silver Arrows.

Alongside Vettel, Felipe Massa will compete in the 2015 Austrian GP. Last year, the little Brazilian took pole position in Styria. Nico Hülkenberg delivered a strong performance in the Force India, who split the two Williams with fifth place. Valtteri Bottas was only sixth. Behind them came Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso, ahead of Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull, who, however, has to drop ten places because of an engine change. Felipe Nasr and Romain Grosjean finished ninth and tenth in Q3.

Ricciardo starts from the penultimate row

Am Pastor Maldonado scraped the final pass. The Venezuelan, who was fourth overall the day before, achieved the eleventh fastest time in his Lotus E23 in the second part of the qualification. He was four tenths short of his team mate Grosjean.

Marcus Ericsson also did not make it into the top 10 in the Sauber. Carlos Sainz also failed in his Toro Rosso on the Q3 hurdle - in contrast to his team mate Max Verstappen. TheThe Dutchman muttered a full eight tenths to the Spaniard in the second round

A used day caught Daniel Ricciardo as in Canada. The three-time GP winner only finished 14th in Q2. Due to an engine change (5th unit), the Australian moves back even further on the grid. He will tackle the race tomorrow, Sunday, from the penultimate row. Fernando Alonso will go to the Austrian GP. The Spaniard is also downgraded by the commissioners. The reason is the 5th use of the V6 turbo, the MGU-H, the turbocharger and the transmission.

Raikkonen fails in Q1

Qualifying started on a damp track, as the asphalt did not completely dry off between the third practice and qualification. Under these conditions, the two Toro Rosso were particularly strong. Max Verstappen set the fastest time on the intermediate rubbers.

Felipe Nasr was the first driver to switch to dry tires in the Sauber. He went straight for the softest mixture. Bottas and Massa followed suit on the soft tires before the rest also switched to slicks.

As a result, times tumbled because the wet spots disappeared more and more. The circumstances demanded a very prominent victim in Q1: Kimi Räikkönen. The Finn struggled in vain on the super soft tires and only managed the 18th best time with 1: 12.867 minutes. 'I don't know how that is possible,' said Raikkonen when asked about his position over the pit radio. With the Red Bull and McLaren drivers being relocated, the Iceman can start four positions ahead.

With the 2007 World Champion, Sergio Perez (Force India) and Jenson Button also said goodbye. The McLaren driver started from last place because he got 25 penalties for changing the engine, MGU-H, MGU-K and turbocharger. Since Button cannot be postponed further than 20th position, he still has to serve a stop-and-go penalty in the race. As usual, it was also over for the Manor drivers Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens after the first section.

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