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.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.