Lewis Hamilton’s pole place lap for the Styrian Grand Prix gave one more well timed reminder of his moist-weather prowess on a working day System 1 essential patience with the appalling temperature.
Following the final practice session at the Red Bull Ring was washed out, there were pretty actual fears that qualifying on Saturday afternoon could possibly also slide by the wayside as the forecasted storm sent torrential rain.
But following a 45-moment hold off from its scheduled start off time, qualifying got underway in demanding circumstances with drivers reporting inadequate visibility and aquaplaning.
With Mercedes crew-mate Valtteri Bottas hampered by a brake problem, Hamilton blitzed to pole by 1.2 seconds from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, which he later said reminded him of his famous win in in the same way wet 2008 British GP.
In the latest version of the Autosport podcast, Grand Prix editor Alex Kalinauckas is joined by F1 reporter Luke Smith to examine Hamilton’s 89th occupation pole, George Russell’s stirring travel to the 12th quickest time for Williams and another difficult day for Ferrari.