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Hamilton shines in the rain and clinches Austrian GP pole

Hamilton shines in the rain and clinches Austrian GP pole

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) opened his pole position counter in 2020 by setting the fastest time in the rain in qualifying for the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria.

Considered the best driver under the rain, Hamilton, who this season aims to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, dominated the day, in difficult conditions, with 1 second and 216 thousandths of advantage over the Red Bull Dutchman Max Verstappen .

On Sunday the second line will be made up of the Spanish Carlos Sainz Junior (McLaren) and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).

The rest of the Top-10 is made up of the French Esteban Ocon (Renault), the British Lando Norris (McLaren), the Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull), the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) and the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

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The qualifying session started 45 minutes late due to the rain, abundant on the circuit since the morning.

Free trials 3, which were to have been held between 12:00 and 13:00 local time (10:00 and 11:00 GMT), had finally been canceled for the same reasons, after having been postponed at first.

Earlier, the Formula 3 race, which opened the day, was prematurely interrupted also due to heavy rain.

The start of the race, scheduled for Sunday at 3:10 p.m. local time (1:10 p.m. GMT), should take place without rain, according to weather forecasts.

– Classification results:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1: 19.273

2. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-Honda) 1: 20.489

3. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault) 1: 20.671

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4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) 1: 20.701

5. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault) 1: 20.922

6. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault) 1: 20.925

7. Alexander Albon (THA / Red Bull-Honda) 1: 21.011

8. Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Honda) 1: 21.028

9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) 1: 21.192

10. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) 1: 21.651

……

11. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) 1: 19.628

12. George Russell (GBR / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 19.636

13. Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point-Mercedes) 1: 19.645

14. Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri-Honda) 1: 19.717

15. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) 1: 20.211

……

16. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1: 21.372

17. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Racing Point-Mercedes) 1: 21.607

18. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes) 1: 21.759

19. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1: 21.831

20. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) not timed

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– Grille output:

– First line:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes)

Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-Honda)

– Second line:

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault)

Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes)

– Third line:

Estéban Ocon (FRA / Renault)

Alexander Albon (THA / Red Bull-Honda)

– Fourth line:

Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri-Honda)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault)

– Fifth line:

Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault)

Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari)

– Sixth line:

Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari)

George Russell (GBR / Williams-Mercedes)

– Seventh line:

Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point-Mercedes)

Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri-Honda)

– Eighth line:

Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari)

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari)

– Ninth line:

Sergio Pérez (MEX / Racing Point-Mercedes)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams-Mercedes)

– Tenth line:

Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari)

Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari). AFP (HN)

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