Austrian GP

Hamilton on pole in Austrian GP, Hulkenberg secure front-row

Hamilton on pole in Austrian GP, Hulkenberg secure front-row

Hamilton on pole in Austrian GP, Hulkenberg secure front-row

Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position for the Austrian GP in a qualifying session, delayed by a massive crash and a rain.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was second, but he will be dropped five places on the starting grid in Sunday’s race because of an unscheduled gearbox change after crashing in the FP3.

Nico Hulkenberg of Force India was third, followed by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Jenson Button of McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, and Valtteri Bottas of Williams.

Vettel will also drop slots because of a gearbox change.

Daniil Kvayt crashed heavily, causing a 16-minute red flag, and then the second Toro Rosso driven by Carlos Sainz blew its engine.

Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 24 points ahead of Sunday’s race, crashed in final practice and needed a gearbox change, triggering the penalty… more to follow

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