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Williams Martini Racing have claimed their first front row since 2003 for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa took pole position at the Red Bull Ring which has come back to the F1 calendar for the first time in 11 years.

An exciting qualifying session that denies Mercedes their dominance of owning every single pole position in 2014 with Nico Rosberg starting from 3rd on the grid on Sunday. Massa was emotional about his pole position saying:

“It’s an incredible moment for me, but the whole team is feeling this too. The team has a great history and we continue to build on that. It’s a special day. I had some traffic earlier in the session but when it counted I did the best I could. There is a lot to do tomorrow and we have a very strong Mercedes behind us. Today is a day I won’t forget though and it’s the first time my son has seen me get pole so emotions are high.”

As time ran out, the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were both caught out in their bid for pole when Hamilton spun under braking and according to Nico, scuttling Rosberg’s attempt for pole. Hamilton is befuddled as to what happened and said he is not sure why his rear brakes locked up spinning him off the circuit.

The penultimate lap saw Hamilton go wide on turn 8 placing all four wheels over the white line. FIA race director Charlie Whiting had warned all drivers that doing so would invalidate that lap’s time.

Red Bull’s home Grand Prix turned out to be a bit of a damp squib for the team as Sebastian Vettel failed to make it into Q3 while Daniel Ricciardo only managed a 5th place starting position for Sunday.

Results of qualifying

Pos 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
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes
Q2 cut-off time: 1m09.657s                                   Gap **
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s  +0.780s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.780s  +0.806s
13. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.801s  +0.827s
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m09.939s  +0.965s
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m10.073s  +1.099s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m10.642s  +1.668s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m10.821s                                    Gap *
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m10.825s  +1.311s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m11.349s  +1.835s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.412s  +1.898s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m11.673s  +2.159s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.775s  +2.261s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m12.673s  +3.159s
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  • Tom Firth

    So great to see this today, hope the race is as successful for them. Great to cheer on Williams for a pole :)

  • Amazing stuff. I realise that the Mercs had some issues in the session, especially Lewis, but it’s so refreshing and satisfying to see Williams back on top of the qualifying session…

  • Tom Firth

    Great session by Magnussen too lets not forget.