Verstappen, the Austrian pole

Verstappen, the Austrian pole

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) took pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix this Saturday in qualifying ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren) and George Russell (Mercedes). Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine) managed to squeeze into the top 10.

“He is on another planet, I do more than I have to do. I gladly accept this second place.” These words were spoken by Lando Norris (McLaren), easily recognizing the hegemony of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) this Saturday in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. Gaining strength as the laps progressed, the world champion took a correct third place at the end of the fatal Q1 to Guanyu Zhou (Sauber), Logan Sargeant (Williams), Valtteri Bottas (Sauber), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Alexander Albon (Williams). On the other hand, in Q2, the Dutchman stunned the competition.

After setting the fastest time, he smashed it in 1:04.577. Then he improved it again in 1:04.469. No competitor has been able to compete. Max Verstappen confirmed in Q3 with an even faster time (1:04.426) giving him pole position. Lando Norris remains the Batavian’s most serious rival, he will start this Sunday alongside him on the front row. In terms of statistics, it is Max Verstappen’s 40th career pole positionThe 8th in 2024 for the Red Bull driver but also the 5th consecutive on the Spielberg circuit in Austria where he reigns as the undisputed master of the place.

The Alpines of Ocon 10th and Gasly 13th

On the podium of these qualifications, Mercedes made its comeback. George Russell, 3rd will be ahead of Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) on the starting grid. On the third row another Mercedes, that of Lewis Hamilton, will start with a length ahead of another Ferrari, that of Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque took risks during his last lap during which he went off the track, without incident however. As for Oscar Piastri, 3rd at the end of this Q3, he saw his best timer invalidated due to his non-compliant trajectory at turn 6. He will be 7th at the start of the Grand Prix ahead of Sergio Perez (Red Bull).

The top 10 is completed by Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine). Unlike in Barcelona last week where the Frenchman reached Q3 alongside Pierre Gasly, in Austria the latter could do no better than 13th in qualifying. For his part, former world champion Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) again failed in 11th place.

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