Williams secured a front row lock out for the first Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. The team’s driverswill start ahead of Nico Rosberg. Daniel Ricciardo was the highest-placed Renault-powered driver, fifth overall in the Infiniti Red Bull, with Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat seventh.
Q1: A relatively quiet start to the first qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring. Both Saubers were eliminated, along with the two Marussias and Caterhams. Kamui Kobayashi put his Caterham ahead of Chilton on his last lap to start 20th while Marcus Ericsson will line up 22nd. Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi both had their fastest laps disallowed for not respecting the track limits.
Q2: With just one second covering P2 to P15, Q2 was exceptionally tight. Unfortunately Sebastian Vettel was eliminated after recording the 13th quickest lap. He will however start P12 after Sergio Perez’ post Canadian GP penalty is applied. Also out were Perez, Button, Maldonado – who had an excursion into the gravel – Vergne and Romain Grosjean.
Q3: For the first time this weekend the times dropped under the 1’09 barrier. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas held the top spot for the majority of the session with Nico Rosberg second. The pair looked set to take the front row until Felipe Massa’s last lap put the second Williams ahead, securing an all-Williams front row. Lewis Hamilton missed the chance to set a quick lap after spinning at T1 on his last run and will start from P9. Daniel Ricciardo put the Red Bull into fifth while Daniil Kvyat continued his strong qualifying form with 7th.