Lewis Hamilton’s pole posture lap for the Styrian Grand Prix gave an additional well timed reminder of his damp-weather prowess on a working day System 1 needed patience with the appalling weather conditions.
Following the remaining exercise session at the Pink Bull Ring was washed out, there were being pretty real fears that qualifying on Saturday afternoon may also tumble by the wayside as the forecasted storm delivered torrential rain.
But soon after a 45-moment delay from its scheduled start time, qualifying got underway in demanding disorders with motorists reporting bad visibility and aquaplaning.
With Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas hampered by a brake difficulty, Hamilton blitzed to pole by 1.2 seconds from Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, which he afterwards mentioned reminded him of his well-known gain in equally moist 2008 British GP.
In the latest edition of the Autosport podcast, Grand Prix editor Alex Kalinauckas is joined by F1 reporter Luke Smith to discuss Hamilton’s 89th vocation pole, George Russell’s stirring travel to the 12th fastest time for Williams and a further tough day for Ferrari.