Formula One

 
                   === Massa claims pole for Austrian GP ===
 
 Spielberg,  Austria (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Mercedes'  pole-winning streak  in
 Formula  One this season has come to an end, as Felipe Massa from Williams won
 Saturday's qualifying session for the Austrian Grand Prix.
 
 Massa made a lap around the 2.688-mile (4.326-kilometer), 9-turn Red Bull Ring
 in  1 minute,  8.759 seconds on his final  lap to earn his 16th career F1 pole
 but  his first since the 2008 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix when he drove
 for Ferrari. The 33-year-old Brazilian is in his first season with Williams.
 
 "I  am  so happy with  what has happened  today, with our  team, it was such a
 great  moment,"  said Massa, who  gave Williams  its first pole position since
 Pastor Maldonado did it for the team in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. "It was a
 very  long time when I had my last pole position, which was in Brazil in 2008,
 so it's such an incredible moment."
 
 Massa's  teammate,  Valtteri Bottas, posted a  lap time in 1:08.846 to qualify
 second  and give  Williams  a front  row  sweep for  Sunday's  71-lap race  in
 Austria. It was the best qualifying finish for Bottas in F1.
 
 "Best  position  so far in my  career, so one  more place to go," Bottas said.
 "I'm  really happy for us as a team. This result is really good at this point.
 We've  made some  big, big steps from last  year, and now we get a result like
 this. We can see that all of the hard work really starts to pay off."
 
 Either  Nico Rosberg  or Lewis Hamilton from  Mercedes had won the pole in the
 first  seven  grand prix in  2014. Rosberg,  the current F1 world championship
 points  leader, was attempting to win his third consecutive pole but qualified
 third with a lap in 1:08.944.
 
 Hamilton was quickest in Q1 and Rosberg in Q2, but during Q3, Hamilton had his
 first lap time disallowed when he ran wide in turn 8 and then spun out in turn
 2  on  his second  and final  lap. The  yellow flags  for his spin interrupted
 Rosberg's attempt at the pole.
 
 "I  definitely didn't expect  Williams to be ahead of us today, but they did a
 good job," Rosberg said. "It just didn't come together perfectly for me today.
 I lost out on that last lap because of Lewis spinning in the corner."
 
 Hamilton will start ninth after failing to set a time in Q3.
 
 "My  first lap in Q3 was looking good before I went wide in the second-to-last
 corner,  and  I think  that lap  would probably have  done it," Hamilton said.
 "Then  on  the second run,  I hit the  brakes into turn  2 and just locked the
 rears.  I still need  to look at the data to see exactly what happened. It's a
 long race, and I need to try and recover as much as I can from this loss."
 
 Fernando  Alonso  from  Ferrari  qualified fourth,  while  Red  Bull's  Daniel
 Ricciardo,  who  won his maiden  grand prix two weeks  ago in Canada, took the
 fifth spot.
 
 Kevin  Magnussen  placed his  McLaren sixth  on the  grid. Toro Rosso's Daniil
 Kvyat  was  seventh, followed by  Ferrari's Kimi  Raikkonen, who is making his
 200th  career F1  grand prix start. Nico Hulkenberg from Force India completed
 the top-10.
 
 Red Bull driver and four-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel failed
 to  advance  into Q3. Vettel had  qualified 13th but  moved up one spot on the
 grid due to Sergio Perez's five-spot grid penalty that he received for causing
 a  collision  with Massa  during the final  lap in the  Canadian GP. Perez had
 qualified one spot behind his teammate Hulkenberg in 11th.
 
 "I would love to be higher up, but it is what it is right now," a disappointed
 Vettel said. "We'll try to do the best tomorrow."
 
 Massa has not won a grand prix since '08 in Brazil. He finished only one point
 behind Hamilton for the F1 title that year.
 
 "It  is the  best  place to  be  - here  in first  place,"  Massa said.  "It's
 something that I've had the chance to be in many times during my career. After
 a  long time of  not being in this place, I hope this is just the beginning of
 some great possibilities, not only in qualifying but also in the race.
 
 "The  race is  tomorrow, but I'm so  happy and very emotional, not just for me
 but I think it is a similar feeling for Williams as well. They are back to the
 top, and they're back to the fight. There's still a lot to do."
 
 06/21 11:59:24 ET

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