2014 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix!
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Although clouds remain in the sky, there is little threat of rain for the session
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Valtteri Bottas was the man in charge this morning, edging out Lewis Hamilton
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But is Williams a genuine threat to Mercedes? We will soon find out...
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As a reminder, Pirelli is supplying its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres here
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In terms of DRS, the FIA has placed two zones on the track
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The first area comes along the main straight, with a second zone following between the Remus and Schlossgold corners
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Just over five minutes until the first qualifying phase begins
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The drivers are gradually getting strapped into their cars
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 17°C and 32°C respectively
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Q1 is underway at the Red Bull Ring!
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Kvyat is the first driver out in his Toro Rosso
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Plenty more cars heading out early on
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Expect a scramble for track position in this session, with such a short lap
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Most drivers are on the Soft compound tyre for these opening runs
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The Marussias and Caterhams appear to have gone straight for the Super Softs
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Sutil is another to have chosen the Option rubber
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Grosjean runs off the track at the first corner
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Kvyat leads a Toro Rosso 1-2 after the early laps
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Only the Red Bull drivers yet to appear
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Moments after we mention them, Ricciardo and Vettel head out
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Bianchi and Button are the next drivers to run wide at Turn 1
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Gutierrez has joined Sauber team-mate Sutil on the Super Softs
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Hamilton jumps to the front of the order on 1:09.762
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Rosberg is second, from Alonso and early leader Kvyat
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Button reports that he hit traffic, in the form of a Caterham, through the final sector
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Hamilton lowers the Q1 benchmark by a couple of tenths
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Lots of drivers have been running off the track at Turn 8
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Remember, anybody doing so runs the risk of their time being deleted
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Massa and Bottas are closest to the Mercedes drivers at the moment
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But the gap between Massa and pace-setter Hamilton is almost eight tenths
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Gutierrez has a time deleted for exceeding track limits
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Lotus joins Sauber, Marussia and Caterham by using the Super Softs
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Ricciardo moves up to fifth, behind the Mercedes and Williams drivers
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Alonso is sixth, from Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Raikkonen
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Grosjean up to seventh on the softer tyres
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He found more than a second between compounds
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Lots of teams now switching to Super Softs
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Kvyat goes second, splitting the Mercedes drivers
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Raikkonen heads out on the Super Softs
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All teams bar Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams have now used the Option step
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Sutil goes 14th, but has his time deleted for exceeding track limits
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McLaren rookie Magnussen up to fourth
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The Dane's team-mate, Button, is under pressure in 14th
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Raikkonen goes seventh, but lost some time behind Ericsson at the final corner
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The chequered flag comes out, but plenty of times are on the way
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Button jumps to seventh with an improvement
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Ericsson is the next driver to have a time disallowed
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The Sauber drivers are unable to improve and fall at the first hurdle
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Out in Q1: SUT, GUT, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI
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Maldonado squeezed through with four thousandths to spare
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Vettel was also close to the cut, finishing 15th
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Q1 top 10: HAM, KVY, ROS, MAG, PER, VER, BUT, RAI, MAS, BOT
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Remember, the Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams drivers did not use Super Softs
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After a short break, Q2 begins
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Hulkenberg is the first man back on track
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He is followed by Force India team-mate Perez
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Plenty more cars now heading out
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Button has to brake sharply to avoid a Ferrari when exiting his garage
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Just Kvyat and Rosberg yet to leave the pits
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Magnussen is the early pace-setter on 1:09.524
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Force India drivers Perez and Hulkenberg follow closely
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Alonso has a massive moment at the final corner but still goes P2
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The Williams drivers make their move, with Bottas edging out Massa for P1
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The Finn's 1:09.096 is the fastest of the weekend so far
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Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:09.092
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But Rosberg breaks into the 1m08s to usurp his team-mate
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The Red Bulls appear to be struggling at the moment
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Ricciardo is currently ninth, with Vettel 11th
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Rosberg is told that his time should be fast enough to progress
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That should be it for him until the top 10 shootout
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Rosberg says he suffered "a lot of understeer" on that last run
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It looks as though he is going to be sent out again with a front wing adjustment
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Hulkenberg improves to seventh, just behind Alonso
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Raikkonen edges out Perez for ninth
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Grosjean has a time disallowed for running wide at Turn 8
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He's at the foot of the drop zone in 16th
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Alonso finds some more time and moves up to fifth
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Ricciardo gets himself out of the drop zone, but only just
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The chequered flag comes out, but lots of drivers are on laps
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Vettel can only go 12th and is out of qualifying!
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Kvyat goes seventh to confirm his place in Q3
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Out in Q2: PER, BUT, VET, MAL, VER, GRO
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Replays show Maldonado taking a trip through the Turn 5 gravel trap
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We have another short break before the final shootout
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The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and Q3 is underway!
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Alonso is the first driver to leave the pits
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Magnussen and Bottas are the next men out on track
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Magnussen gets the timesheets rolling with a 1:13.987
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But Bottas is straight on the pace, lapping in 1:08.846
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Raikkonen is the only driver yet to leave the pits
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As expected, all cars are using Super Softs
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Massa slots in behind his team-mate
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Alonso is third, from Ricciardo and Magnussen
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Hamilton had gone fastest of all through the first two sectors of the lap, but he ran wildly wide at Turn 8 and has had his time deleted
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Rosberg goes second with his first lap of the final phase
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Replays show Hamilton simply losing the rear end upon entry
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So it's Bottas in charge after the opening runs
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Raikkonen is out for his first flying lap
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All 10 cars on track as we head into the final minute
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Bottas is unable to improve on his latest attempt
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Replays show the Finn running wide at Turn 7
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Hamilton has gone off the track at Turn 2
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He doesn't even have a time on the board!
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The chequered flag is out, but lots of times are on the way
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Massa steals pole position!
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It's a 1-2 result for the Williams team
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Rosberg is third, from Alonso and Ricciardo
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Rookies Magnussen and Kvyat take sixth and seventh, with Raikkonen the last to post a time
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Hamilton ends up ninth after his error, with Hulkenberg 10th
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What a thrilling session! Stay tuned to the website for a full report
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