Austrian GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Austrian GP, where Felipe Massa starts on pole in a Williams one-two.

21 June 2014 Last updated at 09:34

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  1. 15:30: 
    Valtteri Bottas (left) and Nico Rosberg after qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix

    It was a fantastic day for Williams and no doubt a party mood at the team tonight. The atmosphere might not be quite so buoyant at Mercedes, though, with Nico Rosberg saying Lewis Hamilton's spin cost him a shot at pole.

    It has been a fascinating tussle between the two throughout the season and, with them not quite so well placed for a challenge for victory as they have become accustomed to for much of the season, could we be set for their most intriguing tussle yet?

    Only one way to find out. Have a read of Andrew Benson's qualifying report and join me again tomorrow for the Austrian Grand Prix.

  2. 15:18: 
    Fast fact

    Williams last secured a one-two in qualifying at the German Grand Prix in 2003. Juan Pablo Montoya got pole at Hockenheim, ahead of Ralf Schumacher.

    Montoya went on to win the race.

  3. 15:11: 

    Lewis Hamilton, who starts from ninth tomorrow: "It was just two not very good laps. Or one-and-a-quarter-laps - I didn't finish my second one.

    "The feeling was there in the car, it has been good all weekend. To be honest my first lap was looking good and went wide in the second to last corner - I think that lap would have done it. I've swallowed that [pill] many times, it's easier the more and more you do it.

    "We're going to be strong tomorrow, it's going to be very, very hard from where we are, but of course I'll do everything I can to try and get some good points for the team. It's damage limitation I guess."

  4. 15:08: 

    Was it technical problems? Let's hear from the man himself...

  5. 15:06: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Should Lewis Hamilton have suffered technical problems towards the end of qualifying, that will undoubtedly be a huge concern for the Briton ahead of tomorrow's race.

    He said in his latest BBC Sport column that he can ill afford to retire in another race this season, having done so in two races so far, if he is to have a chance of bridging the 22-point gap he has to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    Rosberg starts from third, with Hamilton ninth and with little to separate the two, he will need himself and his car to be at the absolute best tomorrow. In the three races Hamilton has qualified behind his team-mate, he has retired in one, lost one and won the other.


    Marussia: Congratulations to our neighbours Williams. Proof that hard work is always rewarded in the end. Enjoy!

  7. 14:56: 
    Daniel Ricciardo at the Red Bull Ring

    Red Bull's hopes of winning their home race most realistically rest on Daniel Ricciardo's shoulders. The Canada GP winner starts from fifth tomorrow, with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel failing to make it into Q3 for only the second time this season. He has been told by his team to stop blaming his car, but I would not be surprised if the RB10 is the subject of his frustration again. Red Bull just have not got going in Austria all weekend.

  8. 14:51: 
    Fast fact

    This is Williams' first pole since Pastor Maldonado qualified fastest at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. Maldonado went on to win the race.

  9. 14:50: 
    Michael Schuimacher (left) and Rubens Barrichello on the top step of the 2002 Austrian GP podium

    Felipe Massa will, and should, enjoy this moment, but he knows there is an awful long way to go before he can seriously contemplate standing on the top step of the podium.

    Just seven of the previous 25 races in Austria have been won from pole but, more pleasingly for Massa, two of the last five races have been won by the polesitter - Michael Schumacher doing just that at the last race held at the venue in 2003.

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    James Holder: Great qualifying! Made up for Williams, much deserved. Brilliant result for a legend of the sport Sir Frank Williams.

    John McEnerney: Delighted for Massa, he's a nice guy - too nice to win the championship! The last few champs aren't that likeable except Button maybe.

    Clyde Alex Matthews: Well done Williams you deserve 1st and 2nd place on the Grid. Alonso is 4th. His best for the season. Ferrari will strike tomorrow.

  11. 14:39: 

    Sir Frank Williams' delight was clear to see, with the Williams founder and team principal smiling with elation at this result. It comes, too, on date that marks a sombre anniversary for him, with it being exactly 44 years to the day since his first driver Piers Courage died in an accident during the 1970 Dutch GP.

    Sir Frank Williams
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    Manchester United footballer Michael Carrick: Great f1 qualy!!! Where did Massa come from?? Wow didn't see that coming, fancy Lewis to fly through the pack tomorrow though. Playing catch up now.

  13. 14:31: 

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who starts third: "I didn't expect Williams to be ahead of us, but they did a good job and it did not come together for us. I could not put the perfect lap together because of Lewis spinning - I had to lift off, so that definitely cost me today. Third is OK to start from - I'll have a quick car in the race."

    Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg
  14. 14:30: 

    It will be interesting to see what happened with Lewis Hamilton with that late spin. A technical problem of some kind? Mercedes say they are looking into the issue.

  15. 14:28: 
    Felipe Massa

    There was a lovely moment just before Felipe Massa went to the media room as he spotted his wife and son, went over, hugged them both and kissed his son. He then motioned as if he was about to carry on with his duties, but stopped to kiss his son one more time.

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    Rimal: Wow, well done Massa - 6 years since his last pole & win. Hope Williams win it tomorrow.

    David Jackson: Really pleased for Felipe Massa first pole in six years, disappointing for #TeamLH starting 9th - see what he can do tomorrow.

    Saint: No one deserved that more than Williams Racing. Such a turnaround after all that hard work. True fighting spirit.

  17. 14:23: 

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who qualified second, his best ever position: "Best position so far in my career - just one place [more] to go. But well done Felipe - it's a great result for the team. We've made progress throughout the year and now we get this result. The hard work is all paying off.

    "It will be a different story tomorrow I think. We have a big, big job to keep the Mercedes cars behind us - and some of the other cars. Ferrari and Red Bull can do well also."

    Williams F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas
  18. 14:22: 
    Fast fact

    Felipe Massa has secured his first pole since Brazil 2008.

  19. 14:18: 

    1) Massa 2) Bottas 3) Rosberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Magnussen 7) Kvyat 8) Raikkonen 9) Hamilton 10) Hulkenberg

    11) Perez 12) Button 13) Vettel 14) Maldonado 15) Vergne 16) Grosjean 17) Sutil 18) Gutierrez 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

  20. 14:16: 

    It sounds like a little plastic figure of Brazilian footballer Neymar might be staying very close to Felipe Massa in future races.

    He adds: "Just before I got into the car, my son gave me a little Neymar, you know, the little figure, so it was a nice feeling. To win the World Cup at home will be like a dream come true."

  21. 14:12: 

    Felipe Massa, who will start on pole in tomorrow's race: "I am so happy with what has happened today, with us, our team, it was such a great moment. It is a long time since I last had a pole position so for sure we need to concentrate on the race tomorrow. It is a great moment and I am in the best place to be - first place. After a long time, I hope this is just the beginning of great possibilities. I hope to be in this position again.

    "Williams are back to the top, they are back to fight. I am pleased for me and the team as well."

  22. 14:07: 

    A beaming Felipe Massa leaps out of his car and walks down the start-finish straight towards the media room - a first for me this, but it looks good as it gives the top three the chance to soak up the applause from the fans in the stands.

  23. 14:05: 

    1) Massa 2) Bottas 3) Rosberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Magnussen 7) Kvyat 8) Raikkonen 9) Hamilton 10) Hulkenberg

  24. 14:04: 

    Brilliant from Williams as they lock out the front row, Felipe Massa taking his first pole in six years with Valtteri Bottas second. Lewis Hamilton will start from down in ninth after failing to set a lap time.

    Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa
  25. 14:01: 

    Williams' Felipe Massa will start on pole for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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  26. 14:01: 

    Lewis Hamilton spins at Turn One! No timed lap for the Briton.

  27. 14:00: 

    Valtteri Bottas clips the grass coming out of Turn Six and it knocks off crucial seconds off his lap and he fails to better his pole lap. Meanwhile trouble for Lewis Hamilton as he is still to set a lap time in Q3...

  28. 13:57: 

    Valtteri Bottas has certainly given Mercedes food for thought with just under three minutes remaining. The top five as it stands is Bottas ahead of Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo. Lewis Hamilton is ninth at the moment.

  29. 13:55: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes purple through the first two sectors, looking good for knocking Valtteri Bottas off his perch, but he runs wide at Turn Eight, scratching off his lap time. Nico Rosberg almost does likewise on the same turn, but manages to keep two wheels on the circuit and his time 1:08.944 puts him second.

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    Yakubu Jiddere: Vettel fails to make Q3 in Austria, out qualified by Ricciardo again on the Red Bull Ring. Tough season for Seb.

    Omair Kiana: Remember on a BBC interview Alonso said let's see Vettel when his car isn't perfect.

  31. 13:53: 

    Valtteri Bottas produces the fastest lap of qualifying so far with 1:08.846 before Fernando Alonso slots in second, four tenths of a second slower.

    Valtteri Bottas in Austria
  32. 13:50: 

    The final part of qualifying is under way, with Daniel Ricciardo swiftly embarking on his out-lap.

  33. 13:49: 

    Maybe Daniil Kvyat can pull something special out of the bag for Toro Rosso? Third row? He knows the circuit better than most. Top 10 shoot-out about to begin...

    Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat
  34. 13:47: 

    So Red Bull's hopes of having a car on pole at their home race now rests on Daniel Ricciardo, who had the ninth fastest time in Q2. You do feel, though, that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg barely broke a sweat out there. Surely between those two once again?

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    John McNerney: FA all over the shop pity the car it's up to the level of the driver!He doesn't seem be to get anything extra out of the car in 2014

    James Weir: Great to see the Stewards being tough on the white line track limit rule.

  36. 13:44: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Magnussen 6) Alonso 7) Kvyat 8) Hulkenberg 9) Ricciardo 10) Raikkonen

  37. 13:43: 

    11) Perez 12) Button 13) Vettel 14) Maldonado 15) Vergne 16) Grosjean

  38. 13:41: 

    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

    Nico Rosberg in Austria
  39. 13:41: 
    Austrian GP

    It is not enough! Sebastian Vettel is out in Q2!

  40. 13:40: 

    Daniel Ricciardo climbs up to ninth. Will Sebastian Vettel be able to nip in ahead of his team-mate? Seconds left...

  41. 13:39: 

    It looks like the Lotus will struggle to get through to Q1. Romain Grosjean embarks on a trouble-free lap, negotiating the corners that have caused him bother previously without problem, but his effort does not move him off 16th. Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button need to improve to get into the top 10 with one minute left.

    Nico Rosberg's football and Germany scarf

    MERCEDES AMG F1: No prizes for guessing who's driver area this is in the garage... Football fever!

  43. 13:36: 

    Just three cars out on the circuit at the moment. The Mercedes pair should have done enough to see them through, but Sebastian Vettel still has more to do with his best so far - a 1:09.880 - only good enough for 12th.

  44. 13:33: 

    ... and it is a 1:09.092 for Lewis Hamilton, putting him top of the pile until Nico Rosberg jumps above him when he dips below 1:09. "Do you think that is fast enough to get through," he asks over team radio.

  45. 13:32: 

    Fernando Alonso flies off the circuit and on to the grass at the exit of Turn Nine, causing mechanics on the Ferrari pitwall to suck in their teeth. He keeps it together though and gets his car back on the circuit. Lewis Hamilton out now and is on a fast lap...

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  46. 13:31: 
    Austrian GP

    A solid lap from Kevin Magnussen as he goes round in 1:09.524 to take over at the top of the timesheet. Sergio Perez sneaks up to second while we wait for the Mercedes and Red Bulls to make an appearance.

  47. 13:28: 

    Nico Hulkenberg produces a 1:09.828 on the super soft tyre before Sergio Perez becomes the second driver to put a time on the board in this session, a tenth of a second slower than his Force India team-mate.

  48. 13:27: 

    BBC pitlane reporter Tom Clarkson: "What is crucial for the top teams is the track temperature is a good five degrees warmer than when they ran the super soft this morning. In terms of a cut-off time I think you are going to have to get into the 1.09s."

  49. 13:25: 

    Nico Hulkenberg is straight out on to the circuit as the second part of qualifying gets under way.

    German Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg
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    Andrew Priestley: The Austrian GP is the F1 equivalent of Red Bull having a home fixture on the racing calendar. It's like Ferrari at Monza.

  51. 13:24: 

    Max Chilton has a three-place grid penalty, so he will start at the back of the grid tomorrow. A short break now before Q2 gets under way, when we will lose another six drivers.

  52. 13:23: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Kvyat 3) Rosberg 4) Magnussen 5) Perez 6) Vergne 7) Button 8) Raikkonen 9) Massa 10) Bottas

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Ricciardo 13) Alonso 14) Grosjean 15) Vettel 16) Maldonado

  53. 13:20: 

    17) Sutil 18) Gutierrez 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

  54. 13:19: 

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

  55. 13:18: 
    Austrian GP: Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton continues to lead the way but joining him at the top end of the timesheet is Daniil Kyvat, the Toro Rosso man has past experience of this circuit from racing in different categories previously. Jenson Button leaps up to 14th.

    Allan McNish, BBC F1 analyst

    "When Lewis Hamilton has a car underneath him he can trust, he can make it dance."

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    Gareth Jones: The on board from Alonso's car is sparkling, looks like the Ferrari's rf suppressor ain't working too well.

    Jaques O'Neil: great track, always loved camera angles during the 90s/00s but felt it was short they should have kept a bit more of the longer track

  58. 13:16: 

    As I finish typing that previous entry, Romain Grosjean leaps up the timesheet 1:10.461, slotting into 10th. Jenson Button, meanwhile, is in danger. He only has the 17th best time with two minutes left of this session.

  59. 13:14: 

    We've seen Romain Grosjean run wide a couple of times so far this weekend and it seems Lotus are struggling with the corners at this circuit. Both Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are in danger of being eliminated.

    Grosjean, by the way, has had one of his times chalked off for running wide at Turn Eight. Race director Charlie Whiting had informed drivers and team managers prior to qualifying that that has all four wheels off the track into Turn Eight will have their lap time deleted.

    Romain Grosjean
  60. 13:11: 

    Lewis Hamilton completes a stormer of a lap to improve the benchmark time to 1:09.514. Nico Rosberg does likewise, but his effort is 0.181s slower than his Mercedes team-mate. Williams' Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are third and fourth fastest respectively.

  61. 13:08: 

    Mercedes take over at the top with Lewis Hamilton leading the way with 1:09.762, three tenths of a second faster than Nico Rosberg. Third practice pacesetter Valtteri Bottas loses the back end of his Williams into Turn Eight, but recovers. Just under 10 minutes of this session remaining.

  62. 13:06: 

    Jean Eric-Vergne clocks the first timed effort with 1:11.886 but is soon edged out by his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who is round in 1:10.854. Turn One and Turn Eight have proved the problematic corners in practice, and Romain Grosjean struggles a little when taking the former as he runs wide before recovering.

    Toro Rosso driver Jean Eric-Vergne
  63. 13:03: 

    Lewis Hamilton heads out, shortly after his former team-mate Jenson Button who still sounds a bit apprehensive about the reliability of his McLaren. "It said I was in first gear, but I was in neutral. So I had to go back into neutral to get into first gear," he says over team radio.

  64. 13:00: 

    First qualifying is under way and Daniil Kvyat is the first man out in the Toro Rosso.

  65. 12:59: 
    About the track
    The Spielberg track at the Austrian Grand Prix

    The Red Bull Ring, a circuit last used for F1 in 2003 before it fell off the calendar, is centrally located within Austria, 46 miles from Graz and 125 miles from the capital Vienna.

    The track sits only two miles away from Zeltweg airfield, which hosted the first Austrian Grand Prix in 1964 on a bumpy two-mile track with only five corners, compared to 9 on the current track.

    This is also a very short lap in terms of time, with the best-ever lap of this track being less than 68 seconds.

  66. 12:58: 

    As usual, this qualifying session will be split into three. The first will see the six slowest drivers knocked out, the second will see another six knocked out and that'll leave 10 to fight it out for pole position in a 12-minute shoot-out.


  67. 12:57:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    Coverage is under way now on BBC Radio 5 live and online - James Allen and Allan McNish the commentators to guide you through the action.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring
    Mark Webber at the Austrian GP

    "I bumped into former F1 driver Mark Webber over the lunch break. He's here doing a bit of promotion for Red Bull, by whom he is still sponsored, and he was still buzzing from racing at Le Mans last weekend. I mentioned I'd heard the cars were doing an incredible 170mph through the infamous Porsche Curves at the Sarthe track these days, and Webber said: 'It's oval speeds through there, mate. Proper.'"

  69. 12:54: 

    Just over five minutes until qualifying gets under way and most of the drivers are either about to be, or already are, strapped into their respective cars.

    Hold on to your hats (or heated helmets). It promises to be a close one.

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    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "There are a large number of fans here wearing Red Bull merchandise; hardly a surprise given the nationality of the team and the money Dietrich Mateschitz has put into reviving this circuit, but the team they were supporting did not have a great day on Friday. Off the pace on both short and long runs, they appeared to be struggling. And Sebastian Vettel won the prize for both best spin and best recovery when he ran wide out of the last corner, lost control as he got onto the grass, spun twice, but somehow managed to keep it out of the wall. 'Once I found myself in a spin, I tried to do everything to avoid hitting the wall, which worked,' he said. Impressive.

    "Vettel and Ricciardo told the same story afterwards - they had 'struggled' session on the harder tyre but 'made some progress' in the afternoon. Still, it would be a surprise to see them other than second fastest team come this afternoon's qualifying session."

  72. 12:46: 
    Fast fact
    Jochen Rindt

    Austria has produced 14 Grand Prix drivers and two of those became world champions - Niki Lauda and Jochen Rindt.

    Rindt is F1's only posthumous champion (1970), but, what is perhaps not well known is that he was the first German-born world champion.

    He was born in Mainz, but was raised in Graz after his parents died in a World War II bombing raid. By chance, Rindt's last Grand Prix start was at this venue, three weeks before he died.

  73. 12:44: 

    Speaking of Niki Lauda, the current Mercedes non-executive chairman who won the Austrian Grand Prix in 1984 is not expecting a stroll to pole for either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg.

    "I think a lot of people can challenge us because the time difference will be one or two tenths of a second," he told the BBC. "If the circuit was longer, like other races it would be three or four tenths."

    You can watch the full interview with Niki Lauda on Inside F1, which is available at the top of this page.

  74. 12:39: 
    Fast fact
    Austrian Grand Prix

    Most pole positions at the Austrian Grand Prix:

    Three - Niki Lauda, Rene Arnoux, Nelson Piquet

    Two - Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher

    One - Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Jo Siffert, James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Patrick Tambay, Alain Prost, Teo Fabi, Jacques Villeneuve, Giancarlo Fisichella, Rubens Barrichello

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  76. 12:30: 

    Another driver with a penalty affecting his position on the grid tomorrow is Max Chilton. The Marussia man has a three-place grid penalty for Sunday's race after he was deemed at fault for a lap-one collision at the Canadian Grand Prix last time out involving himself and team-mate Jules Bianchi.

    That, understandably, caused a bit of friction between the two, but it is all water under the bridge now.

    "It was accidental on both parts, so we just have to draw a line in the sand and move on," says Chilton. "We shook hands and said 'let's move on'."

  77. 12:26: 
    Perez penalty upheld
    Sergio Perez on Instagram

    In case you missed this yesterday, a bit of news regarding Force India driver Sergio Perez, whose five-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race has been upheld after a second inquiry.

    The Mexican had asked officials to look again at his collision with Felipe Massa's Williams in Canada on 8 June. Perez said he had not been given a chance to give his opinion after both drivers went for medical attention, and had posted a photograph suggesting he was not to blame.

    However, officials agreed with the stewards in Canada that he had illegally changed his line approaching the corner.

  78. 12:23: 
    BBC coverage
    BBC Radio 5 live

    This is what we have coming up today, and how you can follow it. Qualifying gets under way at 13:00 BST, and there will be audio commentary to supplement this live text on BBC Radio 5 live and online, which will begin just before qualifying gets under way.

    You can then watch the highlights on BBC One at 16:45.

  79. 12:19: 
    Fast fact
    Jenson Button at the 2003 Austrian Grand Prix

    Out of the current field, Jenson Button has made the most appearances at the Austrian Grand Prix with four. Kimi Raikkonen has competed in this race three times before, Fernando Alonso twice and Felipe Massa once.

  80. 12:17: 

    One driver who is not having quite so good a time as the rest is Jenson Button. He was really struggling with his McLaren in final practice, completing just four laps before having to spend the majority of the session sat twiddling his thumbs as the team tried to get to the bottom of braking problems which cut short his time on the circuit.

  81. 12:13: 
    Nico Rosberg

    The drivers do indeed seem to be enjoying themselves, not only on the circuit but off it as well. Earlier, we were treated to a shot of Red Bull man Daniel Ricciardo dressed in traditional Lederhosen [see 10:15 entry, if you really want to] while here is Nico Rosberg having a kickabout in the Mercedes garage.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "The drivers are enjoying themselves on the Red Bull Ring circuit, and there has been plenty of action for spectators, too. Turns Eight and Nine, the last two corners, proved particularly challenging for the drivers, many of whom have run wide there, including a spectacular spin for Sebastian Vettel on Friday, in which he did well to keep the car out of the wall.

    "There was a bit of a debate yesterday about drivers running off the track at the exit of Turn Eight. 'It is quicker,' Jenson Button said, 'but the problem is you suddenly arrive at grass, so it's a bit dangerous, too.' This was resolved in the drivers' briefing, with race director Charlie Whiting saying they would be required to stay within the confines of the track and that persistent offenders risked penalties. Two days of hot weather are predicted this weekend. Expect plenty more action to come."

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    Clyde Alex Matthews: Going to be tight all around the grid. But I hope Alonso has a great Quality Performance #ForzaFerrari

  84. 12:05: 

    Hello! Welcome to our coverage of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas was the man to deny Mercedes a clean sweep of practice when he pipped Lewis Hamilton just over one hour ago.

    There was not much between them, just 0.050s to be exact, but on what is a new circuit for all but four drivers it could be a very closely-fought qualifying session indeed.

  85. 12:00: 
    Valtteri Bottas

    With the season seven races old, Formula 1 has yet to see a car other than the Mercedes on pole this year.

    Only once before has any of the other 20 drivers finished faster than either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg in final practice.

    With Valtteri Bottas edging Hamilton in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix earlier today, and an ominously good showing from Williams in the weekend so far, could we finally see the Silver Arrows edged for pole?

  86. 11:15: 

    So an intriguing qualifying session awaits us at 13:00 BST. We are going to take a little break but we will be back at 12:00 BST for all the build-up. You can read Andrew Benson's final practice report in the interim. Join us again shortly, cheerio.

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    Aaron Oteze: Nico should show the world he can beat Lewis without blocking the track or cutting chicanes. Fight fair

    Jose: The Williams looking good, both Bottas and Massa setting fastest and third fastest lap respectively in P3

  88. 11:13: 

    So an impressive display from Williams as, for the first time this weekend, it is not a Mercedes topping the timesheet in practice. Could they be Mercedes' main challengers for pole in qualifying?

    It is also interesting to Daniil Kvyat up in fourth too. It is, in fairness, a circuit the 20-year-old is hugely familiar with, winning two Formula Renault 2.0 Alps races there in 2012, as well as claiming pole in the three European F3 Championship races held there last year.

  89. 11:08: 

    11) Nico Hulkenberg 12) Pastor Maldonado 13) Jean Eric-Vergne 14) Romain Grosjean 15) Sergio Perez 16) Adrian Sutil 17) Esteban Gutierrez 18) Jules Bianchi 19) Kamui Kobayashi 20 Marcus Ericsson 21) Max Chilton 22) Jenson Button

  90. 11:05: 
    Final practice top 10

    1) Valtteri Bottas 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Felipe Massa 4) Daniil Kvyat 5) Nico Rosberg 6) Fernando Alonso 7) Daniel Ricciardo 8) Kevin Magnussen 9) Kimi Raikkonen 10) Sebastian Vettel

  91. 11:01: 

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas is fastest in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

  92. 11:00: 

    Under one minute left and Lewis Hamilton is fastest, ahead of Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg. Sergio Perez is struggling with that final corner as, for the second time in this session he runs wide, kicks up a load of dirt and momentarily sees his car lift into the air. He holds it together though.

  93. 10:58: 

    Kamui Kobayashi slides round heading into the final corner, turning his Caterham 180 degrees. He recovers, though, and it is only a brief appearance of the yellow flag.

  94. 10:57: 

    It is a good run for Lewis Hamilton as he expertly negotiates the Red Bull Ring circuit and his faultless run puts him top with 1:09.898.

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    David Bateman: Could Williams be English sport's redeemers this weekend? That would be awesome.

  96. 10:55: 

    Nico Rosberg backs out of his first effort on the super soft after running wide at the ever-troublesome Turn Eight. Fernando Alonso takes advantage to go top, but it is a brief stay as Valtteri Bottas and then Felipe Massa go better, 1:09.901 for the Brazilian.

  97. 10:52: 

    Fernando Alonso's first run on the super soft moves him up to second, 0.352s off Nico Rosberg's benchmark of 1:10.058. Rosberg, meanwhile, has just completed his out lap with the red-walled tyres on, and is on with his flyer now.

    Fernando Alonso heads out on super softs
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Lewis Hamilton is just about to go out. They are just changing the suspension set-up on his car. His team-mate Nico Rosberg has left the garage already."

  99. 10:50: 

    There seems to be a bit of trouble for Max Chilton as Marussia report that they are diagnosing a problem with his car, 1:12.915 is his best lap in the 14 he has completed today.

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    Byron FOXX Mubaiwa: Daniel Kvyat may score big points having won multiple times here in lower formulas. Comfortable on this asphalt.

    Jaques O'Neil: I expect the long straights to help put Lewis on pole, but Rosberg always gets the best out of Lewis' data, so could be close.

  101. 10:47: 

    Nico Hulkenberg is the first to head out for a run on the super softs as Romain Grosjean makes his way back in.

  102. 10:46: 

    The circuit quietens down significantly as all drivers except for Romain Grosjean head back into the pits. Just under 15 minutes remaining.

  103. 10:44: 

    Everyone still running on the soft compound at the moment, although that looks set to change any time soon. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, improves to move up to fifth, while the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are 11th and 12th fastest respectively.

    Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix
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    Willie Marshall: It's easy to man up when your in the lead (Nico), but Lewis has worked harder IMO to get back at Nico, bring it on.

  105. 10:38: 

    Nico Rosberg runs off at Turn Two before going on to set the fastest lap so far, a 1:10.058. The Mercedes man complained yesterday of his car bouncing on the straights, but keeping these cars on the circuit is also causing a few drivers problems.

  106. 10:36: 

    BBC pitlane reporter Tom Clarkson: "It is not getting easier for McLaren. They are having to change the right rear brake caliper on Jenson Button's car and are also replacing the floor on his car because he ran wide and damaged that. They are really up against it with 25 minutes to go."

  107. 10:34: 

    The worst thing at the moment for Kevin Magnussen may be having to wait for someone to hand him his helmet, but things are not going so well for his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button. Plenty of work currently being done to his car after he struggled with braking issues earlier in this session.


    McLaren F1: Looks like Kev's forgotten something..

    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver

    "Williams' Achilles heal is that it has not been able to qualify where it needs to to make the most of the race pace it has. You saw that in Montreal, where Felipe Massa came back through from not necessarily the best qualifying position to be within a strike of a podium, and possibly even winning. They need to get ahead of the traffic and the only way to do that is to qualify at the front."

    Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in the Williams at the Canadian Grand Prix
  110. 10:29: 

    Valtteri Bottas takes over at the top following a 1:10.430 - 0.036s faster than his team-mate Felipe Massa, who returns to the Williams garage informing the team his car is "getting better lap-by-lap".

    Could they be in with a real chance this weekend?

  111. 10:25: 

    With just under 35 minutes of the session to go, this is the top 10 as it stands:

    1) Massa 2) Bottas 3) Kvyat 4) Magnussen 5) Raikkonen 6) Vergne 7) Hulkenberg 8) Hamilton 9) Rosberg 10) Maldonado

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Keep an eye out for Williams. They looked impressively quick on Friday - especially on the race-simulation runs - and insiders from other teams are predicting they are could be 'mega' this weekend. Can they finally deliver on the podium finish that has beckoned several times this season, only for the team to let it slip through their fingers with strategy errors and other problems?"


    Felipe Massa, another of four current drivers to have competed in the Austrian Grand Prix previously, leaps to the top of the timesheeet with 1:10.644 before his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas tucks in behind him, barely the width of a hair between the two's times.

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    Anthony Howarth: The pressure is really on Lewis Hamilton to redeem English sport... - A bit hard, but Lewis is at least talented

    Marcel Swagers: Nico is the more mature. Hamilton: stop acting like a big girl's blouse. Your moaning and blaming is pathetic.

  115. 10:18: 
    Jenson Button heads out for the first time in practice three

    Kevin Magnussen shaves a few tenths of a second off his previous best as he goes round in 1:10.998s. Meanwhile, Jenson Button, who has raced on this circuit more than any other current driver, runs wide at Turn One. "We've got no braking, guys, no engine braking at all," he says over team radio.

  116. 10:15: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Neither of the Red Bulls made people sit up and take notice on Friday and both drivers admitted they are probably behind the Mercedes for tomorrow's race. Daniel Ricciardo, who won the previous race at Canada, is evidently in good spirits regardless, as he got stuck into the Austrian culture yesterday.

    He has yet to clock a timed lap in this session, with Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey having a nosey under Ricciardo's car at the moment.

  117. 10:11: 

    A couple of times pop up on the board as McLaren's Kevin Magnussen goes round in 1:11.408. He tops the embryonic timesheet ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Marcus Ericsson.

  118. 10:10:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Ferrari, as in Canada, appeared to have made a step forward in Friday practice, looking as if they were vying with Williams for second best team behind Williams. Jenson Button admitted he was impressed, saying: 'There are a couple of cars that look quicker than we expected (the Williams and the Ferrari), and the Force India doesn't look as quick as we expected.' But Ferrari looked similarly impressive on Friday in Canada two weeks ago only to slip back when it mattered.

    "Their performance may well depend on how much of their upgrades they can use for the balance of the weekend - Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were trying out different parts, with one concentrating on the front and one on the rear. Alonso was again some way clear of Raikkonen, and looking enormously impressive out on the track in the process."

    Austrian GP

    Force India: Quite cool and cloudy here in Styria, but the sun is doing its best to break through the cover. Will it make it?

  120. 10:08:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter at the Red Bull Ring

    "Ferrari have stuck with the tighter rear bodywork they ran on Friday. In Canada they had to abandon it because of the high ambient temperatures. It's warmer today than it was on Friday, so it will be interesting to see if they can stick with it for the rest of this weekend."

  121. 10:08: 

    Fernando Alonso, who was third fastest in yesterday's second practice, has also completed an installation lap. Just the McLaren of Jenson Button yet to make an appearance.

  122. 10:06: 

    BBC pitlane reporter Tom Clarkson: "I am just watching Romain Grosjean coming back into the pit box. He is running a big rear suspension. He could not get power into the corners so they have revertered to their previous rear suspension set up. Today is all about one-lap pace, so they think by reverting they will get the rear diffuser working better. He also did a practice start, to see if he could get that traction better."

  123. 10:05: 

    All those who have ventured out are on the soft tyre, with Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean doing a practice start before completing their installation lap and returning to the pits.

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    James Humberstone: The pressure is really on Lewis Hamilton to redeem English sport this weekend.

  125. 10:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The track is open and one hour of final practice is officially under way. Several cars immediately mosey on out.

  126. 09:59: 
    Niki Lauda

    Those comments by Niki Lauda, by the way, were on Inside F1, which you can watch online and at the top of this page.

    Lauda, who won his home race, the Austrian Grand Prix, in 1984, said: "Both [Lewis and Nico] are very egocentric, but this is normal. They fight in a fair way. They fight really hard. Lewis is 22 points behind because he could not finish the last race. It is simple for him now, he will go flat out now to recover the points he has lost. Nico is in a more difficult because he has to think of the point lead he has, and to attack Lewis. If Lewis goes flat out and goes for it, then Nico has to think and drive. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    "There is no difference between the two. Lewis is a fraction quicker on one side of the circuit, Nico is quicker on the other side, so they are both very even."

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    Right then, practice is almost upon so time to fill this live text with your views on how this weekend could pan out. Is this a straight forward shoot-out between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for pole? Or can Red Bull make the most of home advantage?

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda says there is nothing between Hamilton and Rosberg, do you agree? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcf1 or text us on 81111 (UK only)

  128. 09:51:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Austria's grand prix circuit got a generally warm welcome back from the Formula 1 drivers on the first day of practice here since 2003. The track's mix of corners and gradients up and down the mountainside on which it is built makes for, according to Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, "enjoyable driving", while Williams's Valtteri Bottas said the circuit would become one of his favourites.

    "'It's fun driving round here,' Jenson Button said. 'It's a good circuit. It's nice to go to one of these high-speed tracks. We don't have a lot of them anymore This is a race we love, it's a lot more relaxed here. Old-school racing - everyone camping, a good party in the campsites. We love the glamour of Monaco and the city races like Montreal, but it's also nice to have these old-school tracks.'"

  129. 09:49: 

    It is indeed looking very pleasant in Spielberg once again, as the green rolling hills and huge mountains make up the stunning backdrop at the Red Bull Ring.

    The F1-mad campers that have made the nearby fields their homes for the next few days are up and about and soaking up the sun that is poking through the clouds, sitting on the grass surrounding the circuit.

    It all has the mood and atmosphere of a music festival at the moment.


    Caterham F1: After somewhat dull weather yesterday, the sun has put his hat on and he's coming out to play, today...the latest forecast says we'll have no rain all day, max temps of 21c and light winds. Pleasant, in other words.

  131. 09:44: 
    BBC coverage

    As always, we are covering both final practice and qualifying via this live text commentary, but you can accompany these words with audio commentary as well.

    That will be available online only for final practice from 09:55 BST, with this afternoon's qualifying coverage on BBC Radio 5 live.

  132. 09:41: 
    Michael Schumacher

    We have not seen a qualifying session on this circuit since Michael Schumacher put his Ferrari on pole back in 2003, the last time a Formula 1 race took place in Austria.

    But before that gets under way, we have final practice. A last chance for drivers to get a feel for the track and fine tune their car ahead of this afternoon's qualifying.

    Final practice gets under way in just under 20 minutes.

  133. 09:37:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Mercedes unsurprisingly set the pace in Friday practice, but the usual sheet-of-paper's width between the two drivers had turned into more of a decent-sized novel. Lewis Hamilton was nearly 0.4secs up on Nico Rosberg on one-lap pace and quicker, as well, on the race-simulation runs - and by a chunky half-second or more on the 'soft' tyre, which is expected to be used for the majority of the race.

    "Rosberg said he was not worried, admitting 'a few things were not ideal on his car', but pointing out that there had been a similar margin in Canada two weeks ago but that he had ended up on pole. And Hamilton added: 'I'm sure Nico has some time in his pocket.'"

  134. 09:33: 

    Hello! Welcome to our coverage for Austrian Grand Prix qualifying day.

    Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a largely uneventful second practice session on Friday, with Nico Rosberg topping the timesheet in the morning.

    Austria may well be Red Bull's home turf but, if we are to read anything into how things have panned out on Fridays so far this season, then all signs point to another weekend of Mercedes dominance.

  135. 09:30: 
    Stage set at Spielberg?
    Lewis Hamilton

    In three of the five previous race weekends where Lewis Hamilton has topped the timesheet in Friday practice this season, he has gone on to put his car on pole.

    On the other two occasions, it has gone to his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    Today, we are at the Red Bull Ring for Austrian Grand Prix qualifying day, taking place at picturesque Spielberg.

    Could we be set for another close encounter of the Mercedes kind?

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FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2015

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 25
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 18
3 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 15
4 Brazil F Massa Williams 12
5 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 10
6 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 8
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 6
8 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 4
9 C Sainz Toro Rosso 2
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 1
11 Great Britain J Button McLaren 0
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 0
13 M Verstappen Toro Rosso 0
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
15 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
16 Russia D Kvyat Red Bull 0
18 Finland V Bottas Williams 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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