Bottas in pole, Vettel drops to sixth

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been penalised ahead of the Austrian GP with the Ferrari driver falling to sixth and Leclerc to P18.

Vettel was slapped with a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race having blocked Carlos Sainz during qualifying.

An unhappy Sainz told Renault that he “had to take a kerb to avoid him, I nearly crashed.”

Vettel qualified P3 but falls to sixth.

Meanwhile Leclerc, who again made it into Q2, will start from 18th place on the grid after his Sauber required a new gearbox following an issue in FP3.

Revised grid
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:03.130
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.019s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.53s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.71s
5 Romain Grosjean Haas 0.762s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.334s *
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.866s
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0.921s
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1.595s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.889s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:04.845
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:04.874
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:05.058
14 Lance Stroll Williams 1:05.286
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:05.271
16 Sergio Perez Force India 1:05.279
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:05.322
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:04.979 **
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:05.366
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:05.479

* three-place penalty for impeding
** five-place gearbox change penalty

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