Watch Lewis Hamilton snub handshake with Sebastian Vettel in awkward F1 interview

Watch Lewis Hamilton snub handshake with Sebastian Vettel in awkward F1 interview

Watch Lewis Hamilton snub handshake with Sebastian Vettel in awkward F1 interview

The gloves in the championship battle between the pair came off a fortnight ago in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when Vettel, believing Hamilton had brake-tested him, swerved his Ferrari into the Briton's Mercedes behind the safety vehicle.

"Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job", Hamilton acknowledged. "The balance of the auto feels good and we'll fine tune the set-up tonight for qualifying". "It should be a good fight tomorrow", said Bottas, who is third in the title race but trails championship leader Vettel by 42 points.

The only glitch for Hamilton, meanwhile, was to come in to the pits briefly for a spark plug change during P2. The team said it was a brake disk failure and Hamilton's mechanics worked frantically to get his vehicle ready for qualifying.

A dejected Hamilton was contemplating starting the race from eighth place on the grid because of a five-place penalty.

Facing the press for the first time since the Baku race, Vettel and Hamilton appearing in the same press conference, were both keen to move on.

Its very hard to make a case for Vettel here.

Hamilton starts the weekend 14 points behind Vettel in the championship. But he is not confident of a repeat performance.

"It's been a really good Friday with no major headaches to complain about so far", said three-time world champion Hamilton.

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Bottas looked quick all through qualifying, though, and secured his second career pole position. "Got the auto nice and stable for qualifying and was able to build up the confidence and this is a track where you really need it in the high-speed corners".

Then came the two Red Bull drivers of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, but the gap was slightly bigger than on Friday as Verstappen complained of understeer and front locking towards the end of the session.

Alonso had reported a lack of power early in the session, believing to have sustained another engine issue, but was able to finish just 0.05 seconds off a place in Q3.

Williams' miserable weekend in Spielberg continued as both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were eliminated in Q1, finishing 17th and 18th as the new updates for the FW40 vehicle continued to cause headaches.

In Q1, Jolyon Palmer ended up just on the wrong side of the cut-off in 16th for Renault - 0.029secs shy of Vandoorne and Q2.

The brief clip shows the two drivers congratulate one another on coming second and third in qualifying, with Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas leading the way on pole.

Teams must use the same gearbox for six straight races but Hamilton's Mercedes team made the change before reaching that requirement.

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