Sport Grid penalty denies Hamilton Austria pole

23:12  07 july  2017
23:12  07 july  2017 Source:   Reuters

What punishment could Vettel face?

  What punishment could Vettel face? Sebastian Vettel's collisions with Lewis Hamilton will be "further examined" by the FIA on Monday, but what extra punishment could he now face?The championship leader twice collided with his title rival last week in Baku, with race stewards stating Vettel had 'steered' into Hamilton for the second collision.

FORMULA One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and overall leader Nico Rosberg set to start seventh after a grid penalty .

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton sped through the rain and sunshine with perfect timing in his Mercedes on Saturday to secure pole position for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was fourth for Ferrari, but he also faces a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

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By Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton made pole the goal after dominating Austrian Grand Prix practice with a "fantastically fast" Mercedes on Friday - and then had to accept it was not going to happen on the next day.

The triple Formula One world champion, who has been on pole position at the Red Bull Ring for the past two years, was favourite for the hat-trick to move closer to Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68.

However, his team said later in the day he would collect a five-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change - something they had known but kept quiet about since Tuesday at least.

What punishment could Vettel face?

  What punishment could Vettel face? Sebastian Vettel's collisions with Lewis Hamilton will be "further examined" by the FIA on Monday, but what extra punishment could he now face?The championship leader twice collided with his title rival last week in Baku, with race stewards stating Vettel had 'steered' into Hamilton for the second collision.

Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix after Mercedes was forced to change the gearbox on his car ahead of practice. Charles Leclerc grabs fifth straight Formula 2 pole in Austria .

SPIELBERG, Austria -- Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix in a thrilling wet/dry session that produced an unusual grid for Sunday's race. Nico Rosberg set the second fastest time on the drying track, but will be shuffled down the order to sixth once his grid penalty for a

Hamilton is on 66 poles, meaning another in Spielberg on Saturday would have set him up to equal the record at Silverstone, his home British Grand Prix, next week.

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"The goal is pole," he had told reporters after twice lowering his own circuit lap record during the day's two sessions. "But it's still going to be a tough race on Sunday for sure."

Hamilton, winner in Austria last year, is 14 points behind Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel after eight races but still has a good chance of going into the August summer break in the lead.

Bottas on pole for Austrian Grand Prix

  Bottas on pole for Austrian Grand Prix Finland's Valtteri Bottas kept champions Mercedes on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after title-chasing team mate Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty. Hamilton, who is 14 points behind Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel after eight races, qualified third fastest but will start in eighth place due to the automatic drop resulting from an unscheduled gearbox change.Vettel will share the front row with Bottas, with Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Australian Daniel Riccardo on the second row.

Hamilton on Austrian pole . Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car prior to the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Both Red Bull’s main drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat have 10 place grid penalties as a result of engine replacements.

SPIELBERG, Austria — Lewis Hamilton sped through the rain and sunshine with perfect timing in his Mercedes on Saturday to secure pole position Yet another German, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, was fourth for Ferrari, but he also faces a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Vettel, who like Hamilton has won three times so far this year, was only 0.147 seconds slower than his rival on Friday and Ferrari have a habit of closing the gap by the time Sunday comes around.

Hamilton said there were still some "driveability issues", and the team had started out in a good place with the balance of a car that team boss Toto Wolff has called "a bit of a diva".

"We had to swap out a spark plug during FP2 (the second session), but the guys did a great job to turn the car around and we still managed to complete our programme," Hamilton said.

Austrian Grand Prix 2017© REUTERS Austrian Grand Prix 2017 "Most importantly, the car feels fantastically fast here. There's already a nice balance and it feels good out on track. This car is so quick in comparison to what we raced here last year.

"It's tricky, but a proper thrill to hook up a lap."

Hamilton said a "road rage" furore that flared up after the race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, with Vettel having steered at him and banged wheels after driving into the Mercedes behind the safety car, had not affected his concentration or calm.

"I have been training, keeping my head down, staying focused and staying quiet and making sure I came here healthy and strong so we can fight," he said.

"These two weekends are important, I lost points in the last race and I want to reverse that. These next two are an opportunity."

Formula 1 2017: Starting grid, lineup for British Grand Prix at Silverstone .
Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images Lewis Hamilton has pole for the British Grand Prix, and he’ll need it to keep up in the Drivers Championship. Ferrari’s Vettel qualified in third for Sunday’s race, behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the Mercedes of Hamilton. Valtterri Bottas, Hamilton’s partner, had a shot at a top spot but incurred a five-place grid penalty due to a premature gearbox change.

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