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Williams' Massa takes pole for Austrian GP

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Felipe Massa felt like he was kick-starting his Formula One career after earning his first pole position since 2008 as Williams stunned Mercedes in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

Massa and Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas posted the two fastest times, setting up the first race of the season without Mercedes in the front row.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third, while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton went off track in the final qualifying round and will start ninth.

"After a long time that I couldn't be in this place, I hope this is the beginning of some great possibilities again," Massa said, adding he was "very emotional."

It's Massa 16th career pole but first since the Brazilian GP six years ago. Williams had not had a 1-2 in qualifying since the German GP in 2003.

"It was such a great moment," said the Brazilian, who has won 11 races in his career. "It was a very long time when I had my last pole position."

Massa's fastest lap on the 4.3-kilometer Red Bull Ring was 1 minute, 8.759 seconds, 0.087 ahead of Bottas. Rosberg came another 0.098 back.

Hamilton had one time scratched as all four of his wheels crossed the sideline in turn eight, while he came off track again and spun at his final attempt to beat Massa.

Bottas led the final practice earlier Saturday, edging Hamilton by 0.05, while Massa came third to send out a warning to Mercedes, which had the pole in all seven previous races.

"I am not totally suprised," Williams deputy team boss Claire Williams said. "This track suits us with the long straights."

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