Lewis Hamilton takes pole position with 1.2 SECONDS on the drenched Red Bull Ring while Ferrari is STILL qualifying with Charles Leclerc qualifying 11th for the first-ever Styrian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton proved that he mastered all seasons by not only dominating a wet qualifying session for the Styrian Grand Prix but distinguishing it as a man apart.
As so often before in his long career, the world champion made difficult conditions light to take pole position for Mercedes with a master class of determined brilliance.
A week after a sub-perfect performance on the same Red Bull Ring circuit, Hamilton was the fastest in all three sessions of the rain-delayed run.
Lewis Hamilton made a superb ride in torrential rain to take pole for the Styrian Grand Prix
The six-time champion was a class apart from the rest of the field and was right at the top
Cars continued to spray rain on the track as visibility proved to be a major problem
Hamilton (left) celebrated his pole position finish with an elbow bump with his racing team
No one could live with the six-time world champion, his car stuck to the dangerous surface like glue.
Hamilton’s 88th pole beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to second place. Those two were the cream of the crop – they’re just the best in Formula 1 right now.
But even Verstappen over-extended in his last round, lost control and briefly drifted nowhere but sideways. The Dutchman finished 1.2 seconds from Hamilton, who improved his last attempt despite the fact that it was not necessary because more rain fell.
It was another horror show in the qualifying for Ferrari when Charles Leclerc finished eleventh
Carlos Sainz from McLaren finished third. Valtteri Bottas, in the other Mercedes, was 1.5 seconds back, which should have left the Finn wondering why he would bother the champion in the same machine.
Esteban Ocon came fifth for Renault. McLaren’s Lando Norris was a decent sixth, although in practice he will return three places on the grid to overtake under a yellow flag on Friday.
Fellow Brit George Russell spoke wonderfully well – 12th best in less than fantastic Williams. His teammate Nicholas Latifi was 1.4 seconds behind. Or, technically, day and night.
Ferrari had another terrible afternoon with Sebastian Vettel in ninth place and Charles Leclerc in eleventh place.
Max Verstappen settled for P2 after splitting in his last lap in an attempt to chase Hamilton’s time
SUMMARY all action from the Red Bull Arena with NATHAN SALT, qualifying starting at 2pm.