F1: Verstappen wins pole for Austria Sprint Race

–by Mark Cipolloni–

World Driving Champion Max Verstappen has backed up his pole position for Sunday’s Austrian GP Formula 1 race with a pole position for today’s Sprint Race.

Despite being balked in Turn 3, Verstappen’s lap of 1m04.440s beat his teammate Sergio Perez by a massive 0.493s to take pole on the drying track.

That was outstanding from Verstappen. Phenomenal performance from the two-time world champion.

Christian Horner was not very impressed with Perez, after he exceeded track limits three times in Q2 yesterday and failed to make it into Q3. But this will leave him in a much better mood, with his drivers set to line up alongside each other in today’s Sprint.

Lando Norris was third in the upgraded McLaren while Nico Hulkenberg was an excellent 4th for the minnow Haas team.

Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top-5 for Ferrari.

7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton was a dejected man after being knocked out in Q1 and will start 18th.

Sprint Qualifying Results

1 Max Verstappen NED Oracle Red Bull Racing 1m06.236s 1m05.371s 1m04.440s 0.000
2 Sergio Perez MEX Oracle Bull Racing 1m06.924s 1m05.836s 1m04.933s 0.493
3 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team 1m06.723s 1m05.699s 1m05.010s 0.570
4 Nico Hulkenberg GER MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m06.548s 1m06.091s 1m05.084s 0.644
5 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari 1m06.187s 1m05.434s 1m05.136s 0.696
6 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari 1m07.061s 1m05.673s 1m05.245s 0.805
7 Fernando Alonso ESP Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m06.611s 1m05.759s 1m05.258s 0.818
8 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant 1m06.569s 1m05.914s 1m05.347s 0.907
9 Esteban Ocon FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m06.840s 1m05.604s 1m05.366s 0.926
10 Kevin Magnussen DEN MoneyGram Haas F1 Team 1m06.629s 1m05.730s 1m05.912s 1.472
11 Alex Albon THA Williams Racing 1m06.892s 1m06.152s 1.712
12 Pierre Gasly FRA BWT Alpine F1 Team 1m06.873s 1m06.360s 1.920
13 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m0.6.896s 1m06.369s 1.929
14 Nyck de Vries NED Scuderia AlphaTauri 1m06.704s 1m06.593s 2.153
15 George Russell GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m06.653s No Time
16 Zhou Guanyu CHN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m07.062s 2.622
17 Oscar Piastri AUS McLaren F1 Team 1m07.106s 2.666
18 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1m07.282s 2.842
19 Valtteri Bottas FIN Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake 1m07.291s 2.851
20 Logan Sargeant USA Williams Racing 1m07.426s 2.986


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