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Max Verstappen took his third pole position of the season
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practice two Sky Sports F1, 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Speed race Sky Sports F1, 3:30 p.m.
World champion Max Verstappen delighted the crowds at the Red Bull Ring by claiming pole position for Saturday’s Austrian Grand Prix sprint race.
In a change from the regular format, traditional qualifying took place on Friday, with the result of Saturday’s 100km setting the grid for Sunday’s 71-lap Grand Prix.
Ferrari looked on track to lock down the front row for the sprint, which also awards points to the top eight, after Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz bettered Verstappen’s previous benchmark time with their final runs.
But despite losing time in the first two sectors of the lap, the Red Bull driver edged Leclerc by just 0.029 seconds.
British Grand Prix winner Sainz was 0.053 seconds ahead of team-mate Ferrari.
The final segment of qualifying was twice delayed by Lewis Hamilton, then Mercedes team-mate George Russell crashed into the barriers as the visibly partisan crowd roared their approval.
Hamilton had looked capable of battling for pole earlier in the session.
The bookmakers were reluctant to raise the price for the sprint race, which may well be decided at the end of the opening round, but Verstappen is 8-13 to claim his seventh win of the season at tomorrow’s Grand Prix.
Leclerc, who saw another chance for victory missed due to Ferrari’s questionable strategic calls at Silverstone, has a 5-2 chance.
Hamilton has scored podiums in the last two races in Canada and Britain, and although he started tenth in the sprint, the car has potential and overtaking is possible on the Spielberg track. The seven-time world champion is 11-4 to reach the top three in the main event on Sunday.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 6:40 PM, JULY 8, 2022