Lewis Hamilton took pole after beating his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a damp qualifying session ahead of this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix. Both drivers made errors going of the circuit on during their final laps in damp conditions.
Hamilton seventh pole this season equals the same number as 2014 and puts him third on the number of poles list equal to Sebastian Vettel who was third for Ferrari. Also gives Mercedes power a year of back to back poles.
Massa, who started the Mercedes powered poles here last season, will start in fourth place with Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg separating the Williams pair.
Hamilton said after the session “It was quite a difficult qualifying session for everyone because of the track conditions.”
It was a difficult session for both Red Bull owned teams with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen beating both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kyvat who both drop ten places as a result of engine replacements. While Carlos Sainz will start thirteenth for Toro Rosso.
Both McLaren does also face grid penalties for exceeding their allocation of power unit components. Alonso qualified 15th while Button was 17th, meaning they will have to serve time penalties on Sunday as well as starting from the back.