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Motor racing: Massa puts Williams on pole in Austria

Published on Jun 21, 2014 9:23 PM
(From left) Third placed Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg, first placed Williams' Brazilian driver Felipe Massa and second placed Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas pose after the qualifying session of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on June 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Brazilian Felipe Massa seized his first Formula One pole position since 2008, as Williams swept the front row on Saturday in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualified second for the former world champions with championship leader Nico Rosberg third fastest for Mercedes.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg's team-mate and closest championship rival, will start a distant ninth after his first flying lap was disallowed and he then spun on his final attempt.