Bottas and Kvyat claim career best qualifying results (VIDEO)

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They may be two of the youngest drivers in Formula 1, but both Valtteri Bottas and Daniil Kvyat put in impressive displays in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix today to secure their best career starts.

Having previously qualified a best of third at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, Bottas produced a fine performance to claim his first front row start in F1, finishing second in Q3.

In fact, the Finn may even be entitled to be disappointed given the fashion in which he lost pole position. A mistake on his final flying lap meant that he could not improve his time, allowing teammate Felipe Massa to edge him out by just 0.087 seconds.

The result marks the first all-Williams front row since the 2003 German Grand Prix, where Juan Pablo Montoya managed to convert pole position into his second win of the season. After some difficult years, the team’s return to the front of the field will go down well in the paddock.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will start the race from seventh place, and spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the result after qualifying. The Russian youngster will be hoping to score his first points since the Chinese Grand Prix, and stands a good chance of doing so from inside the top ten.

Alonso would be ‘very happy’ to finish F1 career with McLaren

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Fernando Alonso says he would be “very happy” to see out his Formula 1 career with McLaren after signing a new multi-year contract with the British team, announced on Thursday.

Alonso, 36, ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with McLaren, hopeful of returning to the front of the field next year when the team swaps Honda power for Renault engines.

Alonso admitted to considering options outside of F1 before agreeing to stay at McLaren, and was thought to only be chasing a one-year extension in order to be in a position to snap up a more attractive seat in the volatile 2019 market.

However, Alonso confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the deal with McLaren stretched beyond the end of next year, adding he would be content to see out his time in the sport with the team.

“I never talk about contracts, but one thing I can say is it is a long-term partnership,” Alonso said.

“I am very happy to finish my career at McLaren. So I don’t think it is going to be only one year.”

Alonso also revealed he had options with teams high up the field in F1 for 2018 just a couple of months ago, but was always leaning to staying at McLaren despite not scoring a podium with the team in almost three years.

“There were some other options in F1. In the summer there were still some options at the top teams, but my desire was to stay with McLaren,” Alonso said.

“But at that time they were in conversation with different engine suppliers, so I had to give them time to sort out their situation.

“Then McLaren opted for a Renault engine which delayed my decision, because I had to understand what Renault’s plans were for next years.

“But when I had everything on the table, everything was pretty clear.”