Felipe Massa felt like he was kick-starting his Formula One career after earning his first pole position since 2008 as Williams stunned Mercedes in Austrian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday in Spielberg, Austria.
Massa and Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas posted the two fastest times, setting up the first race of the season without Mercedes in the front row.
Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third, while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton went off track in the final qualifying round and will start ninth.
“After a long time that I couldn’t be in this place, I hope this is the beginning of some great possibilities again,” Massa said, adding he was “very emotional.”
It’s Massa 16th career pole but first since the Brazilian GP six years ago. Williams had not had a 1-2 in qualifying since the German GP in 2003.
Massa’s fastest lap on the 4.3-kilometer Red Bull Ring was 1 minute, 8.759 seconds, 0.087 ahead of Bottas. Rosberg came another 0.098 back.
Hamilton had one time scratched as all four of his wheels crossed the sideline in turn eight, while he came off track again and spun at his final attempt to beat Massa.
Bottas led the final practice earlier Saturday, edging Hamilton by 0.05, while Massa came third to send out a warning to Mercedes, which had the pole in all seven previous races.
Brendan Gaughan took the lead after a green-white-checkered restart, then held on to win the rain-soaked and wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Gaughan won for the first time in the series, breaking through in his 98th career start.
Gaughan noted that he made his fair share of mistakes along the way — pretty much every driver did in challenging driving conditions — and thanked his crew for helping him rally to win.
Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Kevin O’Connell, Chase Elliott and J.J. Yeley as NASCAR drivers got a rare opportunity to race in the rain. It was a disappointing finish for Tagliani, who led in the closing stages of regulation but ran out of gas after a late caution flag came out.
Antron Brown took the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel in the NHRA New England Nationals, and Robert Hight topped the Funny Car lineup in Epping, N.H.
Brown claimed the position with his 3.770-second pass at 323.58 mph on Friday night that shattered the New England Dragway elapsed time record. Brown has three victories this season.
Hight sped to the first three-second Funny Car run in track history Friday with a 3.998 at 321.58 in a Ford Mustang and it held through Saturday’s two qualifying sessions.
Shane Gray led the Pro Stock field, and Eddie Krawiec topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup.