F1 2022 results: Austrian Grand Prix – Sprint Qualifying

Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2022. F1 2022 results

Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2022.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won sprint qualifying in Austria ahead of the two Ferraris.

The Dutchman came home first in the 23-lap sprint at the Red Bull Ring, which means he will start the Austrian Grand Prix from the front.

Verstappen started from pole position and withstood a strong start from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to assume the lead on the first lap. With Leclerc squabbling with Carlos Sainz in the early laps, Verstappen quickly established a commanding position and went unchallenged until the chequered flag.

Leclerc finished second to ensure a front-row start, with Sainz set for a third-place grid slot ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez recovered to fifth place from his 13th-place grid slot, while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was sixth at the chequered flag.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso retired after failing to make the start of the race due to a suspected electrical issue that saw him stranded on the grid with his tyre blankets left on, while Aston Martin withdrew Sebastian Vettel – the German driver was involved in a collision with Williams’ Alex Albon. The British-Thai racer was given a time penalty for the collision.

One of the highlights of the race was an extended battle between the Mick Schumacher’s Haas and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Schumacher was able to stay within a second of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen, giving him DRS to defend against attacking Hamilton – but the Mercedes man finally won out in the closing laps.

Read our full report on what happened during the Sprint Qualifying race from the Red Bull Ring.

  1. Max Verstappen Red Bull 23 Laps
  2. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.675
  3. Carlos Sainz Ferrari +5.644
  4. George Russell Mercedes +13.429
  5. Sergio Perez Red Bull +18.302
  6. Esteban Ocon Alpine +31.032
  7. Kevin Magnussen Haas +34.539
  8. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +35.447
  9. Mick Schumacher Haas +37.163
  10. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +37.557
  11. Lando Norris McLaren +38.580
  12. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +39.738
  13. Alex Albon Williams +48.241
  14. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +50.753
  15. Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +52.125
  16. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +52.412
  17. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +54.556
  18. Nicholas Latifi Williams +68.694
  19. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin DNF
  20. Fernando Alonso Alpine DNF