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Lewis Hamilton scoops Austrian pole with Hülkenberg on the front row // Rain makes for challenging conditions in Q3

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Lewis Hamilton scoops Austrian pole with Hülkenberg on the front row
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Rain hit midway through qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix which meant the final top ten shoot out was a tense and mixed up affair. Drivers started on the intermediate tyre and had to decide when to switch to the dry tyres at the opportune moment.

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position, outpacing Nico Rosberg who has a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox following a big crash in FP3. Nico Hülkenberg was third fastest, so he earned a promotion to the front row of the grid.

Sebastian Vettel was next in line, but he also has a five place grid drop to take which means Jenson Button gains third place on the grid, a surprise to everyone including the British driver himself.

Earlier in qualifying, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat became another driver to suffer at the hands of the kerbs, damaging his suspension, crashing out and causing a Q1 red flag. A debate over whether the kerbs are doing their job or are a dangerous prospect is understandably now raging.