Formula 1 Racing Odds: Austrian Grand Prix 7/7/17

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his vehicle during the second free practice session, at the Red Bull Ring in racetrack, in Spielberg, Austria, Friday, July 7, 2017.

Hamilton's floor was damaged too, though, which necessitated some urgent repairs during the red flag break - although the aerodynamics were still affected during the remainder of the grand prix.

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix as a grid penalty means his Mercedes-GP teammate Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's race from eighth. The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers headed back to the pits after their first runs.

The triple world champion's Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest, 0.423 off Vettel's pace, with compatriot Kimi Raikkonen fourth for Ferrari.

On a flawless summer's day in the Styrian Alps when threatened rain did not arrive, second practice was punctuated by incidents that included Ricciardo pitting for a new turbo, Hamilton requiring a change of spark plug, Bottas spinning and Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso hurrying home with the rear brakes ablaze.

"I will do the best job I can now [given I have grid penalty] and obviously I want to get up there and try and get a 1-2 with Valtteri".

When asked if his mindset had changed following the news of his gearbox penalty, Hamilton replied: "You still approach it exactly the same".

Vettel leads Hamilton atop the driver's championship by 14 points going into Sunday's race in Spielberg. Both drivers have won three races.

Valtteri Bottas
REUTERSValtteri Botas celebrates with champagne after winning the Austrian Grand Prix

Following qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton were invited to shake hands in the post-race interviews. But he is not confident of a repeat performance.

The pair clashed in Baku when Vettel drove into the back of the Mercedes while they were behind the safety auto and then banged wheels angrily after pulling alongside.

FIA president Jean Todt believes Sebastian Vettel was punished enough for his incident with Lewis Hamilton in Baku.

This will make it hard for Redbull to get their cars onto the podium.

"I really enjoy driving here". I was able to build up the confidence, and you really need that in the high-speed corners here.

Three years ago, Williams started from the front row with Massa taking pole ahead of Bottas - his former teammate.

Tight at the top as Bottas, Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel duked it out for provisional pole, with the Finn holding his position at the top of the rankings.



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