F1 results: Sprint shoot-out timings from the Austrian Grand Prix

Thomas Maher
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023. Results

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

Here are the complete results from the Sprint Shoot-out at the Austrian Grand Prix, ahead of Saturday’s Sprint race.

Max Verstappen has taken pole position for the Sprint race on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, with the Dutch driver making use of a fresh set of soft tyres to put in a 1:04.440 to all but match his Friday qualifying pace.

After a disappointing Friday, Sergio Perez kept his nose clean and within track limits to make sure it’s an all-Red Bull front row as he claimed second place on the grid.

After showing the apparent progress of his upgraded McLaren during Friday’s track time, Lando Norris underlined his speed by finishing in third place and just a tenth behind Perez’s pace.

Nico Hulkenberg qualified a stellar fourth for Haas, ahead of the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.

It’s an all-Aston Martin fourth row with Fernando Alonso in seventh ahead of Lance Stroll, with the top 10 rounded out by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

Verstappen had set the pace in a frantic SQ2 in the Sprint Shoot-out, pipping Carlos Sainz by 0.063 seconds and quarter of a second clear of Ocon.

Knocked out was Mercedes’ George Russell in 15th, due to a hydraulic issue that requires a steering rack change on his W14 – adding to the team’s woes after Lewis Hamilton was knocked out in Q1.

Williams’ Alex Albon was eliminated in 11th, ahead of Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, and the AlphaTauri duo of Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries.

Sainz topped the times in the first SQ1 portion of the Sprint Shoot-out, putting in a tremendous one lap display right at the end of the session. He had suffered a brake-by-wire issue early on that prevented him from staying on track to figure out the slightly damp conditions.

While all the other drivers pounded around lowering their benchmarks, Sainz only came out on track with just a minute left to get in a single flying lap. Impressively, he went fastest of all to eclipse Verstappen’s time.

After having his fastest laptime deleted, Hamilton was the big scalp of SQ1 as the Mercedes driver was knocked out down in 18th place.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, who spun early on in the session, was knocked out in 16th, as well as McLaren’s Oscar Piastri, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, and Williams’ Logan Sargeant.

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2023 Austrian Grand Prix Sprint Shoot-out Results (Classification)

SQ3:

  1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:04.440
  2. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +0.493
  3. Lando Norris McLaren +0.570
  4. Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team +0.644
  5. Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.696
  6. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.805
  7. Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +0.818
  8. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.907
  9. Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.926
  10. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +1.472

SQ2:

  1. 1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:05.371
  2. 2. Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.063
  3. 3. Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.233
  4. 4. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.302
  5. 5. Lando Norris McLaren +0.328
  6. 6. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +0.359
  7. 7. Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +0.388
  8. 8. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +0.465
  9. 9. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.543
  10. 10. Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team +0.720
  11. 11. Alexander Albon Williams +0.781
  12. 12. Pierre Gasly Alpine +0.989
  13. 13. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +0.998
  14. 14. Nyck De Vries AlphaTauri +1.222
  15. 15. George Russell Mercedes No time

SQ1:

  1. 1. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:06.187
  2. 2. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +0.049
  3. 3. Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team +0.361
  4. 4. Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.382
  5. 5. Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +0.424
  6. 6. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +0.442
  7. 7. George Russell Mercedes +0.466
  8. 8. Nyck De Vries AlphaTauri +0.517
  9. 9. Lando Norris McLaren +0.536
  10. 10. Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.653
  11. 11. Pierre Gasly Alpine +0.686
  12. 12. Alexander Albon Williams +0.705
  13. 13. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +0.709
  14. 14. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +0.737
  15. 15. Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.874
  16. 16. Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +0.875
  17. 17. Oscar Piastri McLaren +0.919
  18. 18. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.095
  19. 19. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +1.104
  20. 20. Logan Sargeant Williams +1.239

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