Austrian GP
Jun 21

Formula 1 Notebook: Williams Racing Shines Ahead Of Austrian GP

Pole-winner Felipe Massa (center) poses with Nico Rosberg (left) and teammate Valtteri Bottas (right) after Austrian GP qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pole-winner (center) poses with (left) and teammate (right) after qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

The 2014 season has been dominated by the Mercedes duo of and Nico Rosberg, but on Saturday in Austria it was Williams Martini Racing shining with a 1-2 effort in qualifying.

Felipe Massa managed to capture his first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian GP, while teammate Valtteri Bottas enjoyed the best qualifying performance of his career. We caught up with the Williams duo and their fellow drivers to see what they had to say before Sunday’s race.

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‘Don’t Rule Me Out,’ Says Hamilton After Qualifying Ninth

Lewis Hamilton is optimistic and laid back heading into Sunday's Austrian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton is optimistic and laid back heading into Sunday’s Austrian GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton says he’s looking forward to fighting his way up from ninth on the grid in Austria.

The Mercedes driver was surprisingly upbeat given his disastrous qualifying session, which began with his first lap time being cancelled for exceeding track limits, and ended with a spin at Turn 2 on his final run.

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Jun 21

F1: Red Bull’s Home Track Fails To Solve Vettel’s Problems

Sebastian Vettel failed to make it to the final round of qualifying on Saturday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

failed to make it to the final round of qualifying on Saturday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

After his all-conquering four-year reign over , Sebastian Vettel this season has become used to getting beaten.

The four-time world champion from Germany was eliminated Saturday in the second round of qualifying on his team’s home track and missed out on a top-10 start position in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

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Jun 21

F1: Massa Takes Surprise Pole For Austrian GP

Felipe Massa drives during qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives during qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa felt like kickstarting his Formula One career after earning his first pole since 2008 as Williams stunned Mercedes in qualifying on Saturday.

Massa and teammate posted the two fastest times, setting up the first Formula One race of the season without Mercedes in the front row.

Championship leader was third, while Mercedes teammate went off track in the final qualifying round and will start ninth.

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Jun 20

F1: Alonso, Ferrari Lead The Chase Of Mercedes In Austria

Fernando Alonso was the best of the rest on Friday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

was the best of the rest on Friday in Austria. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari led the chase of Mercedes in Austria today as the former World Champion finished both practice sessions in third place.

However he said there was still a lot to be learned, especially about the tires.

“In both sessions, Kimi and I were on different programs and now we must put all the data together to choose which of the elements we tested have worked best. There were no surprises on the tire front, the supersoft seems quicker and will definitely be the tire for qualifying, but for the race, it’s impossible to establish now what the strategy will be.

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Jun 20

F1: Perez Keeps Austrian GP Grid Penalty After New Hearing

Sergio Perez is ready to move on after his incident with Felipe Massa (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

is ready to move on after his incident with (not pictured). (Photo: Getty Images)

Sergio Perez still has the five-place grid penalty imposed after the crash with Felipe Massa in Canada, despite the FIA holding a new hearing today.

Perez was given a chance to present his case, which was backed up by telemetry from Force India. However the stewards decided to confirm the decision made by their Canadian counterparts.

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