Valtteri Bottas predicts 'good fight' with Sebastian Vettel in Austria

Vettel Hamilton face off again in Austria after Baku road rage

Vettel Hamilton face off again in Austria after Baku road rage

Vettel ran into the back of Hamilton during a second safety vehicle period in Baku a fortnight ago before driving into the side of the Mercedes driver, for which he received a 10-second stop/go penalty.

"Firstly congratulations to Valtteri". A fortnight on, both were keen to put the incident behind them.

Vettel was almost two-tenths down in second, but will harbor a strong belief that he can claim pole and end Mercedes' three-year dominance on the Austrian track in the Styrian Alps.

"On the balance, we didn't really touch the vehicle at all during qualifying, and the laps were getting better and better as a result".

"I always said I want to win five races and retire so I'm probably not going to compete this weekend", he smiled. Surely, he starts out of position and will try to come back, but we have to look after ourselves, try to race our own race, and see what we can do.

Vettel holds a 14-point lead heading into the race and will be hopeful of extending the gap to second-placed Hamilton, who drops down the field after an unscheduled gearbox change.

2nd: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull).

When asked if his mindset had changed following the news of his gearbox penalty, Hamilton replied: "You still approach it exactly the same".

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Hamilton had been fastest in the first round of qualifying.

After seeing the MercedesAMG's man go fastest in both of Friday's sessions, Mr. Vettel responded with a time of 1m5.092s in FP3.

"I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard through the rest of the season in the same way as I always have", said Hamilton.

Three years ago, Hamilton started from ninth and finished second behind Nico Rosberg, his former Mercedes teammate.

"It was pretty straightforward session, there were no real issues, the auto was good", he said.

"From what I have seen in the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on", said the Finn.

"There were some cars in the last sector [during the first push lap], the last three corners, which didn't help.

The auto was getting better and better as the day went on and I'm very happy to be on pole", Bottas said, whose fastest lap was 1 minute, 4.251 seconds at the Spielberg circuit. "Got the auto 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".

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