Bottas earns 1st pole position of season at Austrian GP

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Spielberg (Austria), June 30 (IANS) Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (Mercedes) on Saturday snatched pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix.

With a time of one minute, 3.130 seconds, Bottas, last year’s race winner, earned his first pole position of the season and the fifth of his career, reports Efe.

Bottas’s British teammate Lewis Hamilton is to start Sunday’s race from the first row of the Red Bull Ring after coming second, 0.019 seconds off the pace, having set the pace in the first two free practice sessions.

Ferrari took the next two spots, as Sebastian Vettel of Germany finished in third place, ahead of his Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen, meaning both will be kicking off the race from the second row.

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Team Mercedes has won the Austrian Grand Prix the last four years in a row.

–IANS

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