Lewis Hamilton’s pole position lap to the Styrian Grand Prix gave a second timely reminder of his wet-weather art on a day routine 1 required patience with all the dreadful weather.
Following the last practice session in the Red Bull Ring was washed out, there were still very real fears that qualifying on Saturday afternoon could also fall by the wayside since the forecasted storm sent torrential rain.
However, following a 45-minute delay in the scheduled launch time, qualifying got underway in difficult states with drivers coverage bad visibility and aquaplaning.
With Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas hampered with a brake issue, Hamilton blitzed to stick by 1.2 minutes from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, he afterwards said reminded him of his famous triumph in likewise moist 2008 British GP.
At the most recent edition of this Autosport podcast, Grand Prix editor Alex Kalinauckas is connected by F1 reporter Luke Smith to talk Hamilton’s 89th career rod, George Russell’s stirring drive into the 12th fastest time for Williams and yet another challenging day for Ferrari.