F1 Styrian Grand Prix LIVE: Verstappen on POLE, Hamilton in second, Norris fourth at Red Bull Ring – qualifying results

LEWIS HAMILTON and Max Verstappen are both on the front row as they prepare to do battle again in Austria.

Verstappen is on pole while Hamilton actually qualified third behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

But in a double-edged sword for Mercedes, Bottas was handed a three-place penalty for spinning in the pit lane in practice.

Champ Lewis Hamilton currently sits 12 points behind Max Verstappen in a thrilling title race.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LECLERC REACTS

    Ferrari star Charles Leclerc couldn't hide his disappointment at achieving just P7, especially with chief McLaren rival Lando Norris set to start the race from P3

    Leclerc said: “Personally I’m very happy about the lap because I put everything together. But on the other hand, once I’m looking at the gaps between Lando and myself, it’s quite a bit on a track like this.

    “We’ve been struggling a bit more this weekend, especially on the quali pace that is normally our strength. We’ve also focused a bit more on race pace, doing more long runs in free practice to try and understand the car more in those situations and hopefully tomorrow it will pay off and we’ll see that we are a bit quicker in the race runs compared to France.

    “I obviously expected more than a P7 but on the other hand the race pace was very, very good yesterday so we didn't want to sacrifice too much of the race pace to be better in qualifying today. P7 was, I think, the best result we could do today. And we'll go from there tomorrow”

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Formula One sent birthday wishes to former Mercedes star Nico Rosberg.

    Rosberg has turned 36 and hasn't raced in five years ever since his retirement.

    The German put an end to his career shortly after winning the championship in 2016

  • Kostas Lianos

    VER-Y HAPPY

    Red Bull star Max Verstappen appears to be "super happy" with the performance in Austria.

    Verstappen has promised he will "keep pushing"

  • Jack Figg

    F1 WRITE-UP

    Lewis Hamilton fears his Mercedes is too slow to overhaul repeat pole-winner Max Verstappen in today's Styrian GP in Austria.

    Red Bull's title leader Verstappen was 0.194 seconds faster than Valtteri Bottas – but world champ Hamilton was promoted to second as his team-mate was given a three-place penalty for a bizarre pit-lane spin.

    But Hamilton is worried by Verstappen's superior Honda engine as Red Bull seek their fourth straight win.

    The Brit said: "They [Red Bull] generally have a quarter of a second [a lap] on us all weekend.

    "I don't think we are going to have the raw pace to overtake them… maybe we will be surprised. Maybe it'll rain."

    Meanwhile, Verstappen is sick of facing questions about his pace, insisting he will take pictures to show how less downforce equals more speed.

    He said: "I think next time, I am going to bring a print-out of the rear wing difference we're running, and then I'm going to hand it over to every single journalist.

    "We are really quick in the straight… But look at our rear wing. I don't think it's exactly the same.

    "It's all about reliability improvements, and no clear advantage on pure power."

    Lando Norris was upgraded to third in his MaLaren,  ahead of Red Bull driver Sergio Perez and Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly.

    But Bottas believes his grid penalty was too extreme and was only dished out as rivals complained.

    He said: "It is a shame…It means I start fifth. My personal view is that it was quite harsh.

    "But when other teams see it, they complain and everyone is always trying to screw you over in this sport."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HAMILTON HOPES FOR RAIN

    Lewis Hamilton is worried by Max Verstappen's superior Honda engine as Red Bull seek their fourth straight win.

    The Brit said: "They [Red Bull] generally have a quarter of a second [a lap] on us all weekend.

    "I don't think we are going to have the raw pace to overtake them… maybe we will be surprised. Maybe it'll rain."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BOTTAS UPSET AT 'HARSH' PENALTY

    Valtteri Bottas believes his costly grid penalty for a bizarre pit-lane spin is 'too harsh'

    The Finn drops below Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to third on the grid for tomorrow's Styrian GP

    But Bottas claims his penalty was only dished out because their rivals pointed his actions out.

    He said: "It is a shame about the penalty. It means I start fifth and would prefer to start second.

    "My personal view is that it was quite harsh, but when other teams see it, they complain and everyone is always trying to screw you over in this sport."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAX EXPECTS 'TIGHT' RACE

    Pole-winner Max Verstappen claims it will be tough tomorrow despite cruising to his second successive pole position.

    He said: “It will be very tight tomorrow. It is never easy and hopefully it will be as interesting as it was last weekend in France.”

    “It has been a very good weekend.

    “Again in qualifying the car was good to drive.

    “It is not easy to deal with the traffic to get a clean run but the first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MX FED UP WITH WING QUESTIONS

    Pole-winner Max Verstappen says he is sick of facing questions about his pace, saying he will hand out printed images of his rear wing to show how less downforce equals more speed.

    He said: "I think next time, I am going to bring a print-out of the rear wing difference we're running, and then I'm going to hand it over to every single journalist.

    "I get these questions [for] two or three weeks now, that we are really quick in the straight, and yes we are. But look at our rear wing. I don't think it's exactly the same.

    "For sure, Honda did a great job compared to last year. But from our first engine to the engine we have in the car now, it's all about reliability improvements, and no clear advantage on pure power.

    "So I'm going to fire up my printer next time, and I'm going to hand over a few shots."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HUNGRY HAM

    World champ Lewis Hamilton says he "up for the fight" but down on pace afte Max Verstappen comfortably beat him to pole.

    Brit Hamilton said: "They have been so fast this weekend. It wasn't the greatest of sessions but we are on the front row.

    "I did everything I could and I go into tomorrow's race up for the fight.

    "Max has had a quarter of a second on us all weekend so it will be interesting to see if we can manage it.

    He said: "They have been so fast this weekend. It wasn't the greatest of sessions but we are on the front row."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEW HOPES FOR VERSTAPPEN DAMPENER

    Lewis Hamilton reckons his Mercedes will be too slow to overtake Max Verstappen in Austria tomorrow – so is praying for rain.

    Unhappy Hamilton tails the Dutchman by 12 points in the championship and saw him power his way to back-to-back poles while Red Bull are going in search of their fourth win in a row.

    Hamilton keeps commenting on his rival's superior Honda engine, while Verstappen is getting fed up with questions about his car and says intends to "print off" proof it's legal.

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner also urged Toto Wolff to explain their pace to the seven-time champion to stop him from mentioning it.

    Horner labelled Hamilton's "theories" as being "some way from reality" but ahead of Sunday's Styrian GP he was again speaking about Red Bull's speed.

    Hamilton said: "They [Red Bull] generally have a quarter of a second [a lap] on us all weekend.

    "I don't think we are going to have the raw pace to overtake them… maybe we will be surprised. Maybe it'll rain."

  • Ian Tuckey

    VERSTAPPEN: IT WILL BE CLOSE

    Pole-winner Max Verstappen claims it will be tough tomorrow despite cruising to his second successive pole position.

    He said: "It will be very tight tomorrow. It is never easy and hopefully it will be as interesting as it was last weekend in France."

    "It has been a very good weekend.

    "Again in qualifying the car was good to drive.

    "It is not easy to deal with the traffic to get a clean run but the first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEWIS: WE DON'T HAVE THE PACE TO OVERTAKE

    World champ Lewis Hamilton gave a sober assessment of his chances on tomorrow's Styrian GP – after Red Bull's world championship leader Max Verstappen took pole again.

  • Kostas Lianos

    IN THE ZONE

    Here is how Max Verstappen claimed his second pole position in a row.

    Red Bullappeared in control throughout the qualifying round and Verstappen's first Q3 lap of 1:03.841 proved to be comfortably sufficient for pole

  • Kostas Lianos

    LEW LOOK

    Lewis Hamilton posed for a few photos before the the Styrian GP.

    The Mercedes star was beaten by Max Verstappen, who claimed his second pole position in a row.

    Verstappen has maintained his championship momentum

  • Ben Hunt

    GREAT LAP FROM VERSTAPPEN

    Back to back poles now for the championship leader.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN TAKES POLE POSITION

    The Dutchman is on pole, Bottas is second – but has a three place grid drop – and will start in P5.

    Hamilton, who qualified in third place, will start in second spot. Norris gets bumped up from fourth to start third.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON IS NOT BETTERING HIS TIME

    Hamilton could miss out big time here…he's made a mistake on a scrappy lap.

  • Ben Hunt

    TWO MINUTES REMAINING

    Can Hamilton take the fight to Verstappen?

  • Ben Hunt

    THAT WAS A MEGA LAP FROM VERSTAPPEN

    First driver to go into 1:03 for the weekend. Also a good lap from Norris in P3.

  • Ben Hunt

    AFTER THE FIRST RUNS IT IS

    Verstappen, Hamilton, Norris, Bottas, Perez, Gasly, Leclerc, Tsunoda, Alonso and Stroll.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN IS FLYING

    He is setting the fastest sector times in the first two sectors and takes provisional pole. A lap time of 1:03.841

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO

    Hamilton sets the early benchmark but his provisional pole time will get overtaken.

  • Ben Hunt

    ELIMINATED FROM Q2

    A blow for Ricciardo, who is out in Q2 and will start in 13th. Hugely disappointing.

    Carlos Sainz also eliminated and will line up in 12th after also failing to make it through.

    Giovinazzi, Vettel, Ricciardo, Sainz and Russell all eliminated.

  • Ben Hunt

    SEVEN MINUTES TO GO – IN THE DROP ZONE

    Giovinazzi, Ricciardo, Russell, Vettel and Leclerc.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN GOES QUICKEST – HAMILTON MAKES A MISTAKE

    Double woe for the world champion, who has a mistake at turn three and locks up.

    His time is only good enough for fifth, as Verstappen powers his way out in front.

    Hamilton also has to start the race on those tyres, which now have damage too.

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