F1 Austrian GP: Verstappen wins third consecutive pole!

THIRD CONSECUTIVE POLE FOR MAX VERSTAPPEN

The orange army at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix is ecstatic. Max Verstappen grabs pole position, followed by Charles Leclerc, after a flying third sector ahead of the Sprint tomorrow. The qualifying session for the sprint race kicked off with all the drivers starting Q1 on soft tyres. The drivers were struggling around turn 9 and 10. Many drivers such as Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz got their lap times deleted after exceeding track limits. 

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ASTON MARTIN FAILS TO DELIVER AGAIN

Both Aston Martin drivers were kicked out in Q1 for the third consecutive weekend. The rough patch for McLaren continues with their drivers, Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo qualifying 15th and 16th respectively. Their midfield rivals Alpine are in the top 10. They are set to have another good race weekend ahead of them. Haas is looking to have yet another fabulous weekend in Austria as both their drivers are in the top 10 for the sprint race on Saturday. Alfa Romeo’s Valterri Bottas will start at the bottom of the grid following a power unit change. Zhou Guanyu, who had been in a terrifying crash at Silverstone last weekend, has qualified at 18th place.

DISASTER FOR MERCEDES

Mercedes looked to have a good weekend at the start of the session which however took a turn after both their drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton crashed out of Q1 qualifying 5th and 10th respectively. However, not all is lost, as they seem to have enough pace in the car to make up positions for the race on Sunday, in tomorrow’s Sprint. The Tifosi have had yet another fantastic qualifying session with their drivers in the second and third positions. 

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The fact that this is only Red Bull’s fourth pole position of the season despite their massive lead in the Championship standings is a testament to Ferrari’s domination in qualifying sessions. Williams had a decent qualifying session after a good drive by Alex Albon in Q2 and a subsequent 12th place qualification. Nicholas Latifi, the other Williams driver, however, failed to make it to Q2.

The sprint tomorrow will see a repeat of the front row from the last Sprint in Imola. Verstappen and Leclerc will be leading the charge. With Mercedes seemingly getting their pace up, the stage is set for an exciting Sprint tomorrow ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates!

Catch the Sprint live on Saturday, 9th July, at 10:30 UTC/ 4:00 IST.

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