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.

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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