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  1. Hamilton on pole in rain-interrupted qualifying, Hulkenberg 2nd, Button 3rd
  2. Five place grid penalty for Rosberg and Vettel
  3. Two suspected suspension failures after Rosberg crash in practice
  4. Kvyat crashes heavily in Q1

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Action from another planet

    Austrian GP

    George Lucas

    Right, that's a wrap. Qualifying is in the can.

    We'll be rolling once again tomorrow at 11:30 BST, with lights out on the race at 13:00 BST.

    Hopefully, we'll see drama that even Star wars director George Lucas (pictured) could not dream up for the silver screen.

    Until then everyone, remember - I AM YOUR FATHER.

    (I'm not really).

  2. Back of the grid

    Here's how the rest of the grid looks:

    11. Gutierrez

                               12. Wehrlein

    13. Grosjean

                               14. Alonso

    15. Sainz

                               16. Perez

    17. Magnussen

                               18. Palmer

    19. Haryanto

                               20. Kvyat

    21. Ericsson

                               22. Nasr

  3. Post update

    Plenty of plaudits to be handed out today.

    Pascal Wehrlein for that P12.

    Nico Hulkenberg for getting a place at the front of the grid.

    Jenson Button for taking third on the grid.

    But, let's hear it for the Mercedes garage, who used a lot of man power, a bit of knowhow, a splash of faith and I suspect a whole load of this stuff, to get Nico Rosberg on to the track.

  4. The grid

    With penalties, this is how tomorrow's top 10 on the grid looks for tomorrow:

    1. Hamilton

                              2. Hulkenberg

    3. Button

                             4. Raikkonen

    5. Ricciardo

                            6. Bottas

    7. Rosberg

                            8. Verstappen

    9. Vettel

                           10. Massa

  5. Post update

    Mercedes head honcho Toto Wolff on Sky Sports: "The job the guys have done on Rosberg's car in the garage is awesome. Three minutes before qualifying the car was in pieces, three mins into qualifying the car was being put together.

    "Finishing P1 and P2 is good but we go backwards with Nico unfortunately."

  6. Wrong tyres for Fernando


    Fernando Alonso, after finishing in P14: "It's frustrating. We are already not too quick. We are not in a very good position, and if on top of that we make those primary school mistakes, it's frustrating."

    McLaren put the wrong tyres on the Spaniard's car... it could happen to anyone.

  7. Get Involved


    Andrew Priestley: A fantastic qualifying performance from Jenson Button to secure 5th place on the grid, & it's about to get even better! 3rd at worst!

    Matt Knight: JB! Finally gets what he deserves! 3rd place or a front row start!

    Robin Best: Well done Jenson Button 3rd at least, wouldn't it be fantastic if you got bumped to 2nd and have you and Lewis Hamilton at the front.

  8. Post update

    Force India's sporting director Andy Stevenson speaks to Sky Sports about Nico Hulkenberg's investigation: "When we saw Carlos's engine fail we were on the radio straight away. We can see him lift off (the power) in the telemetry and hopefully the stewards will accept that."

    Hulkenberg is under investigation for going too quickly through a yellow flag.

  9. Post update

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Nico Hulkenberg: "I was feeling really good in the car, I was expecting a little bit better than third to be honest.

    "But I wasn’t disappointed, the car performed well, and we’ve got a very strong starting position tomorrow."

  10. Post update


    A reminder that Nico Hulkenberg, who finished in P3 and is currently second on the grid with Rosberg's penalty, is under investigation.

    The Force India driver is being looked at for going too fast through a yellow flag in Q1 - so there is the possibility of a punishment.

    Word is that his team are confident they have the evidence to show he eased his speed and he'll be OK.

  11. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton

    More from Lewis Hamilton: "For me those yellow kerbs are quite dangerous, we’ve seen a couple of incidents already, I don’t know how many more it’s going to take before someone ends up in the wall and hurt. 

    "The idea is good because they don’t want us running wide, but perhaps another solution is needed."

  12. Post update

    Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton: "A really fun session. 

    "It’s incredible how fast it dries up here, it’s like driving through fog.

    "It was very, very slippery, but it was drying up corner by corner. At the end it was just about getting that last lap. I’m very happy."

  13. Post update

    Nico Rosberg after finishing in P2, but knowing he will start seventh on the grid: "A really unbelievable job by my team, even Lewis's mechanics came to my car. It was really tight and awesome.

    "It was a very exciting qualifying. It was unbelievable how quickly it dried. Lewis did a good job there in the end. second not first but it's OK. The five places will be very costly but I'll make the best of it anyways."

  14. Post update

    A bit more from Jenson Button on Sky Sports: "It will be a tough day tomorrow - nobody knows what the tyres will do."

  15. Post update


    So much love around for Jenson Button right now.

    He's a popular guy and you can't begrudge him this performance today.

  16. Get Involved


    Dom Wills: Great pole for Hamilton and what a performance for Button to get p5 

    Wil Caetano: From a difficult Practice session to Pole Position!! Well done @LewisHamilton

    Jeremiah Kariuki: In Baku, Lewis on form but lost in the qualifying. In #AustrianGP Nico was on form, then losing in the qualifying. #F1 twists

    Kayleigh Gray: I could cry! P3 and P5 for Hulk and JB. amazing

  17. Jenson Button could be starting on the front row...

    Jenson Button to Sky Sports: "I love those conditions, can’t have we those every race! That’s mega. It was an enjoyable session.

    "We were quick on the wets, and then we weren’t too bad on the slicks either.

    "It's easy from here isn't it? I've seen it on TV!"

  18. Button P5

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    I tell you what, they’ll be spraying champagne down at McLaren tonight, that’s like a victory for them.

  19. Post update

    But of course, few of those placings are where they will start on the grid.

    Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg have five-place penalties. And Nico Hulkenberg is under investigation.

    So, Jenson Button will be at least third on the grid - maybe higher if Hulkenberg gets a grid punishment.

  20. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    It looks like Hamilton has done it! Hamilton has taken pole position, the 54th of his career.

    Lewis Hamilton