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Max Verstappen flies on Red Bull Ring to pole position Austrian GP

Max Verstappen
Foto: Red Bul Racing

Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Austrian GP. For the second weekend in a row, the Red Bull Ring was driven and for the second time Verstappen was the fastest in his Red Bull F1 car.

During the last practice session, Max Verstappen set the fastest time, making the Dutchman the big favorite for pole position during qualifying.

Verstappen confirmed his favorite status during the first qualifying part by setting the fastest time again. Lando Norris had to admit barely a handful of thousandths in the McLaren, but Verstappen had undoubtedly not yet gone full out.

Fernando Alonso set a good third time while Hamilton and Bottas were in fourth and fifth in the Mercedes.

In Q2 Sergio Perez got the track all to himself but as soon as the Mexican had completed his fast lap a huge train with cars drove onto the track.

It was a search for a piece of free track for the drivers and at the end of Q2 there was an incident between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard was hindered by Vettel and expressed his frustration both over the on-board radio and with the necessary hand gestures towards Vettel.

At the front it was Max Verstappen who again set the fastest time, followed by Lewis Hamilton at more than three tenths. Max Verstappen is clearly the favorite for pole position.

Both Ferraris were killed in Q3 while George Russell caused a party for the Williams F1 team by qualifying for the first time in the Williams for Q3. For Williams it was the first time since 2018 that the stable managed to push through to Q3.

Max Verstappen confirmed his favorite role during the first run in Q3 by immediately setting the fastest time and thus claiming a provisional pole position. The Dutchman was more than two tenths faster than Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton.

During the ultimate attempt to set a fast lap, we didn’t see Max Verstappen improve his lap time while Lando Norris was a handful of thousandths behind Verstappen. Pole position for Max Verstappen, but also at McLaren they were of course very satisfied with Norris’ second time.

Sergio Perez did what is expected of him as second driver by qualifying third ahead of Lewis Hamilton who had to settle for fourth on the grid.

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:04.249s 1:03.927s 1:03.720s

2 Lando Norris McLaren 1:04.345s 1:04.415s 1:03.768s

3 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 04.833s 1: 04.483s 1: 03.990s

4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:04.506s 1:04.258s 1:04.014s

5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:04.563s 1:04.376s 1:04.049s

6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:04.841s 1:04.412s 1:04.107s

7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 04.967s 1: 04.518s 1: 04.273s

8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:04.846s 1:04.493s 1:04.570s

9 George Russell Williams 1:04.907s 1:04.553s 1:04.591s

10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:04.927s 1:04.547s 1:04.618s

11 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 04.596s 1: 04.559s

12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:04.906s 1:04.600s

13 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:04.977s 1:04.719s

14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:04.472s 1:04.856s

15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 04.782s 1: 05.083s

16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 05.009s

17 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:05.051s

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:05.195s

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:05.427s

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:05.951s

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