In a shock result in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix today, Williams Martini Racing has secured its first front row lock-out since the 2003 German Grand Prix.
Felipe Massa was the man to take the spoils, securing his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, but he only just denied teammate Valtteri Bottas his first career pole in the dying moments of the session.
Williams was able to capitalize on Mercedes’ mistakes during the final part of Q3. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg looked set to fight for pole position once again, but a mistake from the Briton meant that he did not post a time during the final session. As a result, he will start from ninth on the grid tomorrow. Nico Rosberg will start third after his teammate’s spin prevented him from bettering his time.
Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.
This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.
Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.
IMS President J. Douglas Boles
“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.
“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”