Styrian GP
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Max Verstappen grabbed back-to-back pole positions in today’s qualifying for the Styrian GP. 

On a hot, baking day, Max Verstappen’s pace was too hot for the rest of the F1 field. The Dutchman sealed consecutive pole positions with a blistering 1m03.841s. No one could get close to Verstappen as he roared around the Red Bull Ring.

Red Bull Ring specialist Valtteri Bottas claimed the second position in the session, although he will drop down three places due to a penalty after yesterdays spin in the pit lane. Lewis Hamilton experienced a massive moment at the Jochen Rindt curve that ultimately scuppered his chances; nevertheless, he will start on the front row.

Bottas’ penalty promotes Lando Norris into third; he will start alongside Sergio Perez. Pierre Gasly solidified a strong session by finishing in sixth. Both Alpha Tauri’s made it into the top ten; however, that may change as the stewards investigate Yuki Tsunoda for a blocking incident in Q3 with Bottas.

Norris’ speed exacerbated Daniel Ricciardo’s problems. The Australian driver will start 13th after experiencing a dismal session. Another big name to get eliminated in Q2 was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. He’ll race from 12th, with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel 14th.

There was agony for George Russell; Mr Saturday once again came to the fore as he finished 11th. The Englishman narrowly missed out on a Q3 appearance by the barest of margins. Nonetheless, he could start in the top ten if Tsunoda falls foul of the stewards.

The usual back-row drivers got knocked out in Q1. However, the big shock came from Esteban Ocon’s elimination. The Alpine looked fast yesterday; sadly, Ocon couldn’t translate that into today’s session.

In the end, the session was controlled by Verstappen and Red Bull. However, his pole position never felt in doubt, and he will start Red Bull’s home race from the best possible place.

Final Classification

Row 1
1. Max Verstappen 1’03.841
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’04.067
Mercedes
Row 2 3. Lando Norris 1’04.120
McLaren
4. Sergio Perez 1’04.168
Red Bull
Row 3 5. Valtteri Bottas 1’04.035
Mercedes
6. Pierre Gasly 1’04.236
AlphaTauri
Row 4 7. Charles Leclerc 1’04.472
Ferrari
8. Yuki Tsunoda 1’04.514
AlphaTauri
Row 5 9. Fernando Alonso 1’04.574
Alpine
10. Lance Stroll 1’04.708
Aston Martin
Row 6 11. George Russell 1’04.671
Williams
12. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’04.800
Ferrari
Row 7 13. Sebastian Vettel 1’04.875
Aston Martin
14. Antonio Giovinazzi 1’04.913
Alfa Romeo
Row 8 15. Daniel Ricciardo 1’05.142
McLaren
16. Nicholas Latifi 1’05.175
Williams
Row 9 17. Esteban Ocon 1’05.217
Alpine
18. Kimi Raikkonen 1’05.429
Alfa Romeo
Row 10 19. Mick Schumacher 1’06.041
Haas
20. Nikita Mazepin 1’06.192
Haas

Penalties

Valtteri Bottas – Three-place penalty for causing a potentially dangerous incident in the pits

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