Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beats out teammate Lewis Hamilton in closely contested qualifying ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to get pole position in a closely-contested qualifying encounter ahead of the Austria Grand Prix.

Agence France-Presse June 30, 2018 20:22:49 IST
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beats out teammate Lewis Hamilton in closely contested qualifying ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

Austria: Valtteri Bottas roared to pole position ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's tense and closely-contested qualifying for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Mercedes Valtteri Bottas beats out teammate Lewis Hamilton in closely contested qualifying ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

File image of Valtteri Bottas. AP

The softly-spoken Finn clocked a track record fastest lap in 1min 03.130sec to outstrip Hamilton by 0.019 seconds as Mercedes reeled off their third front row lockout of the season.

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari claimed third with a late fast lap in the final minute to push his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen down to fourth.

Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas, Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen in the second Ferrari-powered Haas.

Carlos Sainz was ninth ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.

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