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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was just four hundredths of a second faster than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

McLaren's strong Friday gave way to a less encouraging final practice session, with Stoffel Vandoorne in 13th place and Fernando Alonso down in 15th. I obviously want to try and get up there and get a one-two with Valtteri so I'll do the best job I can to get further up.

"Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job and Sebastian has been very quick".

A speed haven, with just 10 corners - three of which are taken flat out - to trouble drivers, Mercedes have predictably dominated in Austria since its return to the F1 calendar in 2014 and theirs remains the quickest auto in a straight line - of which there are plenty this weekend.

The only glitch for Hamilton, meanwhile, was to come in to the pits briefly for a spark plug change during P2. "I hoped for a little better balance in the auto but overall it was not too bad", said Verstappen.

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"The vehicle was really good".

"At the previous round in Azerbaijan, we were able to bank our first points of the year and I think it brought some brightness into our team", says Honda's head of engine development Yasuke Hasagawa.

"It should be an interesting fight tomorrow now and the target is not less than winning for us".

"It feels good", Bottas said, reflecting on the session.

Hamilton, who went from ninth on the grid here to finish second in 2014 said: "I'm pretty sure that back then there was a bigger difference in speed deltas between us and other cars". You just try to get as high as possible and then when it comes to the race it's about damage limitation so I'll try to minimise the damage.

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"From what I've seen on the pre-race strategy notes, that kind of plan is not on those notes", he said.

He said: "We know what was going on [on Friday], but we don't have to talk about it".

Thus, Raikkonen, ricciardo, Verstappen and Grosjean at the start will improve their positions.

Carlos Sainz, in your Toro Rosso - neat little weekend for you. Kevin Magnussen had to settle for 15th with no time set, after an impressive Q1 performance was ruined by a broken suspension at the back end of the session, ending his day early.

During that race, the two drivers clobbered on a turn right behind the safety vehicle with Vettel leaving a mark on Hamilton.

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