Verstappen on pole position in Austria

The reigning champion puts in a strong qualifying performance to ensure he'll be at the front of the grid for tomorrow's race

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 29: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 29, 2024 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202406290492 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after getting the better of Lando Norris in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

After winning the sprint race this morning, Verstappen looked comfortable throughout qualifying to ensure he’ll start at the front of the field.

Lando Norris starts second, and it looked like his McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri would be towards the front as well, but the Australian lost his best lap time for a track limits issue.

Charles Leclerc’s hopes of challenging the front runners were dealt a blow when he ran wide through the gravel, bouncing and damaging his Ferrari.

Aston Martin’s qualifying struggles continued, with Lance Stroll eliminated in Q1 before Fernando Alonso struggled in Q2, while Daniel Ricciardo missed out on a spot in Q3 by just 0.015s.

Provisional qualifying result:

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. Lando Norris (McLaren)

3. George Russell (Mercedes)

4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

7. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)

8. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

9. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)

10. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

11. Daniel Ricciardo (VCARB)

12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

13. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

14. Yuki Tsunoda (VCARB)

15. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

16. Alex Albon (Williams)

17. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

18. Valtteri Bottas (Sauber)

19. Logan Sargeant (Williams)

20. Guanyu Zhou (Sauber)

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