Max Verstappen made it consecutive pole positions at the Red Bull Ring during a wild qualifying session.
Verstappen dominated all phases of qualifying to take another pole position at Red Bull’s home race. The Flying Dutchman sent his legion of fans into a frenzy as he landed another decisive blow against his championship rivals.
Lando Norris nearly crashed the party as the young McLaren driver placed his car on the front row. The Brit missed out by four-one hundredths of a second. Nonetheless, Norris once again underlined his speed with this stunning result.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas endured a difficult day as the Mercedes drivers came home in fourth and fifth. Starting behind both Red Bull’s was not in the plan for Toto Wolff’s team.
One of the other stars of qualifying was George Russell. Mr Saturday displayed his remarkable qualifying speed by dragging his Williams into Q3 for the first time. The Mercedes protégé will start on the medium tyres to boot.
While Russell experienced the ultimate high in Q2, Fernando Alonso didn’t. The Spaniard was on his flying lap when he got blocked by Sebastian Vettel on the exit of the Jochen Rindt Curve.
Alonso gesticulated angrily, and the incident is under investigation. Vettel is eighth on the provisional grid, although it could change.
The Ferrari’s start in 11th and 12th with a free choice of tyres; it could be a blessing in disguise for the Scuderia. Daniel Ricciardo’s troubles continued as he made a mistake at the Gosser Curve on his final flying lap. The Australian will start from 13th place.
If Ricciardo is enduring a tough time, Alpine’s Esteban Ocon is suffering. The other Alpine driver made it consecutive Q1 eliminations as he lines up in 17th place.
In the end, today was another brilliant day for Red Bull. Their cars start first and third, and they are ahead of their championship rivals. With the ferocious backing from his countrymen and women, Verstappen will take some stopping in the race.
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