Mercedes continued its dominant form in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, but it was not Lewis Hamilton on pole.
Instead, teammate Valtteri Bottas beat Hamilton by one hundredth of a second to claim his first pole of the 2018 season.
It gives Bottas his fifth career pole, and his second in Austria – he also won the pole last year, and went to on win the next day.
Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified third and fourth, though Vettel will be penalized three grid places for impeding Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. As such, Vettel will start sixth.
Red Bull Racing utilized an odd strategy in which they tried to get the RB18s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to slip stream each other for better straight-line speed, but it ultimately backfired and created tension within the team – Ricciardo voiced his displeasure over the radio that it pointless for him to “punch a hole” for his teammate.
Verstappen ended up fifth with Ricciardo in seventh, with Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean putting himself in between them in sixth.
Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen was eighth in a solid outing for Haas, with Renault teammates Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg filling out the top 10.
Results are below. Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix rolls off at 9:00 a.m. ET.