FORMULA 1

BOTTAS ON POLE FOR AUSTRIA …NO HANDSHAKE BETWEEN LCH AND VETTEL

Vettel publicly apologised for deliberately driving into Hamilton during the race in Baku upon his arrival in Austria, after governing body the FIA decided not to take any further action against the four-time world champion at a meeting on Monday.

However, Vettel has been warned that any similar incident of a loss of temper in the racing car could have severe consequences.

Hamilton sought out Vettel to shake his hand as they waited on the grid for their post-qualifying television interviews, but refused to shake it again when asked by the interviewer. Hamilton then beckoned team-mate Bottas over before heading to the garage.

Hamilton has said he has accepted Vettel’s apology and that his main concern was that he withdraw the accusation made in Baku that Hamilton ‘brake-tested’ him.

Bottas: “Really enjoyed it today and when you enjoy it usually the result is good. Got the car nice and stable for qualifying and was able to build up the confidence and this is a track where you really need it in the high-speed corners.”

Vettel: “Q3 was pretty good. I was very happy with the lap. The story continues between us two. It is a short track, not easy to get everything right so overall I’m happy.”

LCH:“No real issues. Car was good. Valtteri did a fantastic job. And I just didn’t hook it up in Q3. Q1 and Q2 was good but Q3 was so-so.”