Formula 1: Super-Max on pole ahead of Norris

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 29: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing, Second placed qualifier Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren and Third placed George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes pose for a photo in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 29, 2024 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202406290500 // Usage for editorial use only //

It was once again another Verstappen/Norris front-row as the current weekend favorite stormed his way to the pole for Sunday’s race over McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ George Russell. With a stellar first run in Q3, the Dutch driver was on his way to a sure pole before laying down the gauntlet in his final run to go quickest over the entire weekend with a 1:04.341sec lap, over four tenths clear of rival Norris.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the qualifying action from Austria as Verstappen charges to pole

Q1 Results:

Quiet for much of the weekend, it was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz who set the pace in Q1 after his lap on new soft compound tires usurped the Mercedes of George Russell as Oscar Piastri and Max Verstappen slotted in behind the Ferrari driver. Lewis Hamilton once again found himself under threat of relegation as the laps poured in, but was able to jump to P6 at the end of the session, though no one felt safe as everyone from P4 down were close enough that anyone was at risk for elimination. As the clock ran out, it was the end of the day for the Williams and Kick Sauber Duo as Lance Stroll joined them in the bottom 5 grid slots.

Drivers out in Q1:

  • 16th: Alex Albon (Williams)
  • 17th: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 18th: Valtteri Bottas (Kick Sauber)
  • 19th: Logan Sargaent (Williams)
  • 20th: Zhou Guanyu (Kick Sauber)

Q2 Results:

Verstappen once again topped the sheets in Q2 having set the pace early in the run before coming back near the end of the session to further improve on this time as George Russell and Oscar Piastri could only watch the Dutchman push them from the top spot. The story, however, came in the form of Fernando Alonso’s shock exit at the end of Q2 in 15th position as he was joined by the RB duo of Ricciardo and Tsundo, Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

Drivers out in Q2:

  • 11th: Daniel Ricciardo (RB)
  • 12th: Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • 13th: Pierre Gasly (Alpine)
  • 14th: Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
  • 15th: Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

Q3 Results:

Q3 kicked off after a brief gravel clean-up delay and saw Max Verstappen emerge on pole ahead of Lando Norris and George Russell. The Red Bull was no match for the McLaren and Mercedes drivers, going quickest in his initial runs before outpacing that initial time at the end for the quickest lap of the weekend. Carlos Sainz continued his strong weekend in Austria, the Ferrari driver once again finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 4th and 5th spots, as Charles LeClerc qualified sixth despite running off track in his final run. Oscar Piastri would qualify 7th after having a lap deleted for exceeding track limits and Perez, Hulkenberg, and Ocon would round out the top 10 grid positions, although Hulkenberg faces potential penalties for several pit lane infractions.

And with that, Saturday’s running in concluded and teams will prepare overnight for Sunday’s main event as Verstappen will lead the grid to lights out. Tune in live for all the action starting at 15:00 local time and check back here for our post race report.

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DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
June 28thPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Sprint Qualifying16:30 – 17:14
June 29thSprint Shootout13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
June 30thRace15:00

Qualifying Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:05.3361:04.4691:04.31418
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:05.4501:05.1031:04.71820
363George RussellMERCEDES1:05.5851:05.0161:04.84018
455Carlos SainzFERRARI1:05.2631:05.0161:04.85118
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:05.5411:05.0531:04.90318
616Charles LeclercFERRARI1:05.5091:05.1041:05.04422
781Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:05.3111:05.0701:05.04817
811Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:05.5871:05.1441:05.20221
927Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:05.5961:05.2621:05.38521
1031Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:05.5741:05.2741:05.88324
113Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1:05.5691:05.28915
1220Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:05.5081:05.34715
1310Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:05.5981:05.35918
1422Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1:05.5631:05.41215
1514Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:05.6561:05.63915
1623Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.7369
1877Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:05.8479
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:05.8569
2024Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1:06.0619