Bottas takes Austrian GP pole position

Valtteri Bottas

REUTERSValtteri Bottas won his second career Grand Prix

Other short odds to win are Sebastian Vettel (+187) and Valtteri Bottas (+375). This year, Vettel is first in the point standings.

"I didn't really get to do a proper long run at the end because we had a couple of issues but otherwise it was a smooth day". Pace wise it is very close, I hope it will be very close tomorrow and we have a chance to win, so let's try to focus on that.

"For sure, Lewis can fight back from where he's starting, but if you start playing games like that here it can get quite tricky". That means Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen moves up from fourth to third. I never had the intention to hurt him or damage his vehicle but looking back it was unsafe. The team said it was a brake disk failure and Hamilton's mechanics worked frantically to get his auto ready for qualifying.

However Hamilton will be starting Sunday's race down in eighth, after a five place grid penalty after the engineers had to change the gearbox on his auto.

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

However, the pair do still maintain a mutual respect it seems, with footage posted to Twitter showing Vettel and Hamilton shaking hands immediately after the final qualifying session in Spielberg.

Hamilton will start tomorrow's race eighth. However, the three-time world champion is less confident that he can perform similar heroics this time around.

Bottas added: "From what I've seen on the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes". "We have to look after our own race".

Before that he congratulated his team-mate on just his second pole position in F1 and said he was aiming to share the top steps of Sunday's podium with the Finn. "Got the vehicle nice and stable for qualifying and was able to build up the confidence and this is a track where you really need it in the high-speed corners".

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The sister Red Bull of Max Verstappen is fifth while Romain Grosjean will start sixth for Haas.

But his Williams teammate Felipe Massa hardly fared better and starts from 17th.

Mercedes ruled out that contact as the cause of the gearbox problems.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg only just failed to displace Ocon's Force India from the top 10 shootout in Q2, falling short by 0.047s.

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Mercedes said they had ruled out the possibility that the damage to Hamilton's auto was done when four-time champion German Vettel of Ferrari twice drove into him during last month's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hamilton's floor was also damaged, which necessitated urgent repairs during the red flag stoppage - although his aerodynamics were affected for the remainder of the race - while Mercedes later found damage to the gearbox during factory analysis of the auto.

"The team informed the technical delegate about the gearbox change on Tuesday, 04th July 2017, at 11:29 hours'". I lost points in the last race and I want to reverse that.

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