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Valtteri Bottas takes Austrian F1 GP pole from Lewis Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas has managed his first pole position of the season, securing the top spot for the Austrian Grand Prix and with Lewis Hamilton in second ensured another Mercedes one-two lockout. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was in third in front of his team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in fourth. Red Bull, who had been hoping for more from the Renault engine’s new qualifying mode, were to be disappointed, with the Haas of Romain Grosjean getting in between Max Verstappen in fifth and Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

Bottas put in the best times on his two hot runs in Q3; both were almost perfect as he finally secured pole with a time of 1min 3.130sec. It was just over one hundredth of a second clear of Hamilton and three-tenths up on Vettel.

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