Lewis Hamilton Up To Second After Valtteri Bottas Penalty

Lewis Hamilton will start the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix from second on the grid after Max Verstappen took pole, with Valtteri Bottas, who finished in P2, receiving a three place grid penalty for his pit lane spin on Friday.

Both drivers will start on the Medium compound tyre, like pole sitter Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton lives to fight another day

After being shaded once again by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, a relieved Lewis Hamilton will start alongside the Dutchman on the front row, and is looking forward to another tight battle.

‘Firstly, well done to Max – they have been so fast this weekend and they’ve had two tenths on us through every session. I have been giving it absolutely everything but it just wasn’t the greatest of qualifying sessions for me today. Nevertheless, it’s still the front row after the penalty and we live to fight another day – we’re there with the Red Bulls at the start so let’s see what we can do, it makes for an exciting race.
 
‘I’m proud of everyone’s hard work, and for continuing to push, we’re still in the fight and we’ve done a good job given the circumstances. I’m going try and enjoy my evening, gather my thoughts and come back strong tomorrow,’ said Hamilton.

2021 Styrian Grand Prix, Saturday - Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)
2021 Styrian Grand Prix, Saturday – Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)

Valtteri Bottas makes the most of bad situation

Staring down the barrel of his three-place penalty, Valtteri Bottas made the most of it, qualifying in P2 to limit the damage done.

‘Today was about maximising the situation, trying to forget the penalty and just be perfect in everything you do. I think it was a good qualifying session, we worked well as a team together to find a good set-up and the changes we made gave me a better feeling in the car than I had in Practice. The lap was good, I don’t think there was another two-tenths to find with our package today so I think we maximised what we could.
 
‘The Medium should be the better race tyre for our car, even though the Soft runners around me will have a small advantage at the start. The key will be to get past them quickly tomorrow – obviously I’d rather start second than fifth but it is what it is, I need to deal with the consequences. It will be close with Red Bull, so far this season they’ve had the edge in qualifying and it’s been tight in the races so we’re looking forward to it,’ added bottas.