Hamilton aiming for second place on Sunday

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, was second and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain was third. And I used to run drivers, and they are in a very tense situation.

"The laps were getting better and better".

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third-fastest in both sessions after spins on the picturesque track in the Styrian Alps.

"Lewis has a good race ahead with a lot of time ahead to come back to get points for the team".

Hamilton dominated the first two practice sessions but can start no higher than sixth after his team revealed that his auto needed an unscheduled gearbox change, incurring a mandatory five place grid drop.

Bottas' fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Frenchman Romain Grosjean in the second Haas vehicle.

Hamilton had held the previous record, set on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton made pole the goal after dominating Austrian Grand Prix practice with a "fantastically fast" Mercedes on Friday - and then had to accept it was not going to happen on the next day. But he is not confident of a repeat performance.

And that when former G2 champion Davide Valescchi tried rather lamely to get Vettel and Hamilton to shake hands as he interviewed them immediately afterwards, neither of them exhibited the slightest interest even though had professed their continuing respect for none another on Thursday after their controversial collision last time out in Baku. "It's not been very easy so far but I think we're in a decent place to start tomorrow". Here is a look at the odds for this race.

This will make it hard for Redbull to get their cars onto the podium.

"I really enjoyed today, and we definitely had got a auto that was really nice and stable for qualifying".

"I was just able to build up the confidence, and this is a track where you need it in high speed corners".

Hamilton's best was half a second quicker than he went in the morning, when he had posted the fastest lap in the 2.68-mile circuit's history.

Red Bull failed to put up a fight to Mercedes and Ferrari at the front of the pack, finishing fifth and sixth with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, the latter struggling to get into a rhythm as he tried a number of different lines on the track.

OUT: Jolyon Palmer (Renault), Felipe Massa (Williams), Lance Stroll (Williams), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber).

Mercedes joined the field moments later, with Bottas on supersofts and Hamilton on ultrasofts.

Bottas has claimed his second pole in F1 at the Austrian GP 2017 qualifying.

  • Stacy Allen