Verstappen in P1 for Austrian GP Sprint race

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 08: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing (C), Second placed qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari (L) and Third placed qualifier Carlos Sainz of Spain and Ferrari (R)( pose for a photo in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 08, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202207080763 // Usage for editorial use only //

Mercedes played down their chances in this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix and I wasn’t sure how well they would do in qualifying but seeing their lap times in Q1 and 2, I was very surprised and felt they could be contender for a P3 or P4 position if not better.

Unfortunately Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes in the wall in Q3 in a rare crash for the 7-time champ which brought out the red flag and at session restart, his teammate, George Russell, promptly put his Mercedes in the wall at turn 10. A very expensive Friday for the team.

Both cars experienced snap oversteer and it does make you wonder if they were experiencing an issue in setup or if both drivers were simply pushing hard to try and get on the front row. Regardless, they may be out of position for the sprint race but given their pace, they may remedy that on Saturday.

Max Verstappen took pole fin his Red Bull or the Sprint race with his teammate Sergio Perez starting down in 13th due to crossing the white line during Q2. Sergio qualified P4 on track. Max was followed by a brace of Ferrari’s with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz with just a tenth between the top three.

Austrian GP Qualifying Results:

1Max VerstappenRed Bull1m05.852s1m05.374s1m04.984s
2Charles LeclercFerrari1m05.419s1m05.287s1m05.013s
3Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m05.66s1m05.576s1m05.066s
4Sergio PérezRed Bull1m06.143s1m05.805s1m05.404s
5George RussellMercedes1m06.235s1m05.697s1m05.431s
6Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m06.468s1m05.993s1m05.726s
7Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m06.366s1m05.894s1m05.879s
8Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m06.405s1m06.151s1m06.011s
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m06.016s1m06.082s1m06.103s
10Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m06.079s1m05.475s1m13.151s
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m06.589s1m06.16s
12Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m06.516s1m06.23s
13Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m06.442s1m06.319s
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m06.463s1m06.851s
15Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m06.33s1m25.847s
16Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m06.613s
17Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m06.847s
18Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m06.901s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m07.003s
20Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m07.083s
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