Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole place as Mercedes dominated qualifying on the Austrian Grand Prix, whereas Ferrari had a surprising day.
Mercedes appeared unbeatable because the season re-started after a four-month delay because of the coronavirus.
The automobiles, painted black this 12 months to replicate Mercedes’ help for anti-racism, had been half a second clear.
The quickest Ferrari of Charles Leclerc was down in 10th because the sheer scale of their lack of efficiency turned clear.
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel didn’t even make it into the ultimate a part of qualifying and the four-time world champion will begin 11th.
It was a toss-up as to which was the most important shock – the dimensions of Mercedes’ benefit over everybody else, or how badly mistaken Ferrari have gotten it with this 12 months’s automotive.
Wow, that Mercedes is fast
Mercedes have dominated the weekend, the automobiles quickest by a major margin in each single session.
The Finn was faster than Hamilton on the primary runs by 0.122 seconds after which, working forward of the Briton, went off at Turn Five on his closing run.
Hamilton was forward of Bottas on break up occasions at that time. The world champion improved his time over the remainder of the lap however misplaced out on pole place by 0.012secs.
Bottas mentioned: “It feels really good. I have missed this feeling after qualifying, the shakes. It is something special when you push the car to the limit. It feels so good. Our team, amazing job – we seem to be in our own league.”
Hamilton: “Great job by Valtteri. This is a great job by the team and I am happy to be here.” He mentioned that the incident with Bottas “didn’t really affect the lap”.
Verstappen in third was 0.538secs off pole. The Dutchman will begin the race on a special tyre than Mercedes, having chosen to run the medium in second qualifying, whereas Mercedes had been on the delicate, however on the face of it the world champions look to nonetheless have a bonus.
Verstappen mentioned: “It is going to be quite a bit warmer tomorrow and that could play to our advantage, Mercedes were on a different level today but let’s see what we can do tomorrow.
“I believe we’re a little bit bit higher off within the race. We don’t have anything to lose so I’ll attempt to make it as troublesome as potential for them.”