2024 Austrian GP Qualifying: Max’s 40th Pole Position

Max Verstappen secured his 40th Formula 1 pole position by outpacing Lando Norris in qualifying for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix.


By Ben Bush
Updated on July 3, 2024

Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 2024 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying
Max Verstappen puts in on pole for Red Bull Racing during qualifying at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen clinched pole position for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix following a dominant display in Saturday’s qualifying session, outpacing his nearest rival, Lando Norris, by four-tenths of a second.

Verstappen set a blistering pace early in Q3, improving on his second attempt to record a lap of 1m 04.314s in his Red Bull, setting a new track record. Norris secured second place for McLaren, trailing Verstappen by 0.404s, while George Russell placed his Mercedes third on the grid.

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Carlos Sainz claimed fourth in the Ferrari, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in fifth and Charles Leclerc in sixth, who had a moment off-track on his final flying lap. Oscar Piastri initially placed seventh but was demoted for exceeding track limits in his McLaren.

Sergio Perez took eighth for Red Bull, with Nico Hulkenberg in ninth for Haas pending investigation for two pit lane incidents post-session. Esteban Ocon completed the top 10 for Alpine.

Daniel Ricciardo settled for 11th in the first RB, while teammate Yuki Tsunoda qualified 14th. Kevin Magnussen’s Haas took 12th, with Pierre Gasly’s Alpine in 13th.

Fernando Alonso faced a tough Q2, finishing 15th after a challenging session where he nearly crashed his Aston Martin during his quick lap.

In a disappointing outcome, Alex Albon ended his day in 16th for Williams, while Logan Sargeant will start from 19th on the grid.

Aston Martin suffered a difficult qualifying. Lance Stroll finished 17th, while Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu of Kick Sauber were 18th and 20th, respectively, exiting in Q1.

Verstappen commented: “The qualifying went really well,” said Verstappen. “We tried to adjust the car a little bit after the things we learned this morning [in the Sprint]. I think it worked well.

“Of course, the track is a bit warmer than yesterday so it made it all a bit trickier to drive. But the car felt a lot better for me today, I could really attack the corners a bit more and it was just… Every run was just on point and it was very enjoyable out there.”

Austrian GP Qualifying Results

2024 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying, 29 June 2024

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
1718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:05.8199
1877Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:05.8479
192Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:05.8569
2024Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:06.0619

Source: formula1.com

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