Valtteri Bottas predicts 'good fight' with Sebastian Vettel in Austria

F1 Austria GP Preview Scuderia Ferrari 2017

Valtteri Bottas edged out Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel to capture his second career pole in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday in Spielberg.

Hamilton complained of power problems and pitted for new spark plugs during the session, but the problem persisted.

It is the equal-best starting position for Haas, although Grosjean struggled at the end of the session and pulled over to bring out yellow flags and ruin any last-gasp improvements.

It will give them some real test of their auto and the conditions before the all-important qualifying on Saturday where attaining a pole position would be on all drivers' agenda, especially for Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas.

"The auto was getting better and better and the grip was coming up". "I'm looking forward to tomorrow, it should be a good race".

In their first meeting since the incident, there appeared to be no love lost between the two racers.

"I was just able to build up the confidence, and this is a track where you need it in high speed corners". Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, was second and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain was third.

We still have great pace and the auto has been fantastic here, so I know I've got the vehicle to do the job.

"Valtteri has been quickest all weekend, so it [victory] is not really in my mind at the moment. We've still got great performance and hopefully I can do a good job for the team tomorrow and get some good points".




"From what I have seen in the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes", said Bottas. "It's generally a slower tyre so I think in the first stint it's just about length".

With Hamilton displaced, Kimi Raikkonen will start behind Ferrari team-mate Vettel in third and will share the second row with Azerbaijan race-winner Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull's home race.

"You can never predict qualifying but it was reasonable".

"I tried a lot of different lines at turn three and all the time I was losing the rear of the vehicle. I want to get up there and get a one-two with Valtteri". You lose easily two and a half tenths on that straight if you don't have DRS.

"But I will give it everything I can and of course I would be happy if I could get up there".

"Pretty good day", he said Friday.

Both Toro Rosso cars failed to finish P2.

Hulkenberg was only five thousandths of a second quicker than Fernando Alonso's spec-2 engined McLaren-Honda, which failed to improve during its second run. He will provisionally line-up in 15th.

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

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