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.
- Max Verstappen Red Bull 23 Laps
- Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.675
- Carlos Sainz Ferrari +5.644
- George Russell Mercedes +13.429
- Sergio Perez Red Bull +18.302
- Esteban Ocon Alpine +31.032
- Kevin Magnussen Haas +34.539
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +35.447
- Mick Schumacher Haas +37.163
- Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +37.557
- Lando Norris McLaren +38.580
- Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +39.738
- Alex Albon Williams +48.241
- Lance Stroll Aston Martin +50.753
- Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +52.125
- Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +52.412
- Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +54.556
- Nicholas Latifi Williams +68.694
- Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin DNF
- Fernando Alonso Alpine DNF