Lewis Hamilton’s pole placement lap for the Styrian Grand Prix gave one more timely reminder of his wet-weather conditions prowess on a day System 1 needed patience with the appalling weather conditions.
Soon after the ultimate follow session at the Red Bull Ring was washed out, there ended up incredibly serious fears that qualifying on Saturday afternoon could possibly also tumble by the wayside as the forecasted storm delivered torrential rain.
But immediately after a 45-minute delay from its scheduled commence time, qualifying received underway in demanding ailments with motorists reporting very poor visibility and aquaplaning.
With Mercedes group-mate Valtteri Bottas hampered by a brake dilemma, Hamilton blitzed to pole by 1.2 seconds from Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen, which he later on said reminded him of his famous earn in equally soaked 2008 British GP.
In the most up-to-date edition of the Autosport podcast, Grand Prix editor Alex Kalinauckas is joined by F1 reporter Luke Smith to explore Hamilton’s 89th occupation pole, George Russell’s stirring drive to the 12th speediest time for Williams and one more tough working day for Ferrari.