Max Verstappen claims third pole position of the season at Styrian GP
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clocked the fastest time in the qualifying sessions for the Styrian Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas went second fastest, but a three-place grid penalty for a pit-lane spin in practice will see him start from fifth.
Max Verstappen claims third pole position of the season
Verstappen will start alongside world driver’s championship rival Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid, with Lando Norris and his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez making up the second row.
Williams’ George Russell narrowly missed out on Q3, having his place snatched by Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who left his teammate, Sebastain Vettel behind in Q2.
Pierre Gasly put his Alpha Tauri into sixth place just ahead of Charles LeClerc in the leading Ferrari, while his teammate Yuki Tsunoda was eighth fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso. He may be penalised though after seemingly holding up Bottas.
Hamilton was left frustrated as Mercedes couldn’t string together a competitive performance.
“It wasn’t the greatest of sessions but I’m still on the front row [because of Valtteri’s penalty],” Hamilton said.
“I don’t think we have the raw pace to overtake [Red Bull]. I’ll be giving it everything. Maybe we’ll be surprised tomorrow. Maybe in rains.”
Verstappen was happy to deliver pole for Red Bull at their home Grand Prix, the team’s first ever at the circuit.
“It’s been a very good weekend, I think the first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end,” Verstappen said.
“I’m super happy to be on pole here at home! It’s good to be in a
Red Bull car here.”
Styrian Grand Prix qualifying
|1||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:04.489||1:04.433||1:03.841||19|
|4||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:04.584||1:04.298||1:04.120||17|
|5||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:04.638||1:04.197||1:04.168||21|
|6||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||1:04.765||1:04.429||1:04.236||18|
|8||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||1:04.608||1:04.631||1:04.514||21|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||1:04.971||1:04.582||1:04.574||18|
|10||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:04.821||1:04.663||1:04.708||18|
|11||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:05.033||1:04.671||14|
|13||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:05.142||1:04.808||14|
|14||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:05.051||1:04.875||15|
|15||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:05.092||1:04.913||17|
|16||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:05.175||9|
|17||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||1:05.217||6|
|18||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:05.429||8|
|19||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||1:06.041||8|
|20||9||Nikita Mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||1:06.192||9|
Note – Bottas penalised three grid places for dangerous driving in the pit lane during practice.