Late effort earns Massa shock Austria pole

Felipe Massa secures shock pole at Red Bull Ring

Felipe Massa secures shock pole at Red Bull Ring

Felipe Massa surprised the Formula 1 paddock as he headed a Williams front row lock out in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian saved his best until his final lap as he pipped team-mate Valtteri Bottas to earn his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

“I’m so happy with what has happened today,” said Massa.

“It was such a great moment as it has been such a long time since my last pole.

“It is an incredible moment and it will be an important race for me tomorrow.

“Its very emotional for me.”

Mercedes Nico Rosberg was third fastest ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Australian Red Bull Racing star Daniel Ricciardo, who just scraped into Q3.

Lewis Hamilton had topped Q1 and looked destined to challenge for pole but a mistake on his first flying lap saw his first time disallowed for exceeding track limits.

A spin at Turn 2 on his final lap saw him end the session without posting a time. As a result, the Brit will start from ninth on the grid alongside Nico Hulkenberg.

In the end, the session belonged to Williams with both Massa and Bottas showing strongly throughout.

Bottas headed the majority of Q3 before Massa just pipped the Finn by 0.087s. Rosberg made a mistake on his final effort which guaranteed the Williams team a first front row lock out since 2003.

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen will start sixth ahead Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Sergio Perez was the first driver to miss out on securing a spot in Q3 after finishing in 11th position.

However, the Mexican will start from 16th on the grid virtue of a five place grid penalty following his clash with Massa in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button will start the race from 11th ahead of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, who provided the shock of Q2 after missing out on progressing to the pole position shootout.

Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado out-qualified his team-mate Romain Grosjean to secure 13th ahead of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne.

Sauber’s disappointing season continued as both Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez failed to progress to Q2 once again.

Caterham and Marussia will occupy the final two rows of the grid.

F1 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m08.759s  
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m08.846s +0.087
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m08.944s +0.185
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m09.285s +0.526
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m09.466s +0.707
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.515s +0.756
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m09.619s +0.860
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m10.795s +2.036
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes No Time  
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes No Time  
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s Q2 +0.780s
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m09.780s Q2 +0.806s
13 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m09.801s Q2 +0.827s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m09.939s Q2 +0.965s
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m10.073s Q2 +1.099s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m10.642s Q2 +1.668s
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m10.825s Q1 +1.311s
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m11.349s Q1 +1.835s
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m11.412s Q1 +1.898s
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m11.673s Q! +2.159s
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m11.775s Q1 +2.261s
22 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m12.673s Q! +3.159s


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