Bottas takes his second pole

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After seeing the MercedesAMG's man go fastest in both of Friday's sessions, Mr. Vettel responded with a time of 1m5.092s in FP3.

"It was pretty straightforward session, there were no real issues, the auto was good", he said. But that team-mate Lewis Hamilton did such a stunning job on the supersoft Pirelli tyres in the second session yet was unable to get his auto hooked up sufficiently to challenge for pole position on the same ultrasoft rubber as his rivals when it mattered in the final session.

"I'm sure Lewis still has a good race ahead, there's a lot of time to come back and get good points for us as a team, so I can't wait for tomorrow".

Bottas starts from pole with Vettel second and Hamilton down in eighth after a five-place grid penalty.

"If the vehicle behind gets within the DRS (overtaking aid) zones and gets a good slipstream, it only needs one mistake and you can lose the win".

And the Briton will start from the fourth row of the grid after receiving a five-place penalty when Mercedes opted to change the gearbox in his vehicle.

Despite that, Vettel finished ahead of Hamilton to extend his lead over the Briton to 14 points in the overall standings after the 32-year-old Mercedes driver had to make an extra stop to replace a loose cockpit headrest.

Former F1 driver Damon Hill said he could understand Hamilton's reluctance to be forced into a public display with his main rival.

Sebastian Vettel felt the SF70H felt good during free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, with the German finishing fourth fastest in first practice and second fastest in the second. But he is not confident of a repeat performance.

However Mercedes driver Hamilton declined, and walked away from the track followed by Ferrari's Vettel. If I did think RedBull where going to race well I may be inclined to look a podium finish at the 5/2, 11/4 mark.

He felt he should have pushed his vehicle a bit harder. "I really enjoyed driving here". I was able to build up the confidence, and you really need that in the high-speed corners here.

Pushing hard to get a quicker final lap, Dutch driver Max Verstappen span his Red Bull into the gravel.

It was a dismal day for Williams as they struggled for pace with Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll down in 17th and 18th places on the grid, faster than only the Saubers.

One has to note that attaining pole position does not guarantee the driver a win as has been witnessed this season.

The second attack was not, which is staged Bottas who scored his second pole position of his career.

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