2024 Austrian GP Sprint Qualifying: Max Takes Pole

Max Verstappen pips Lando Norris to Sprint Qualifying pole for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix Sprint Race by 0.093s, Piastri lines up on third.


By Ben Bush
Updated on July 3, 2024

Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 2024 Austrian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying
Max Verstappen takes pole for Red Bull Racing in Sprint Qualifying for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix // Image: Copyright Red Bull Racing Ltd

Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Sprint in Austria, topping the timesheets in a thrilling Sprint Qualifying session. The McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri followed close behind, with Verstappen clocking a time of 1m 04.686s in his Red Bull, just 0.093s ahead of Norris.

All drivers in SQ3 had just one flying lap to make their mark in the final minutes, and Verstappen rose to the occasion. Piastri secured third place, while George Russell placed his Mercedes fourth, ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari in fifth. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes starting from the third row in sixth, sharing it with Sainz.

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Sergio Perez positioned his Red Bull seventh, followed by Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly in eighth and ninth. Charles Leclerc had a frustrating session. He failed to set a time and ended up in tenth after stopping in the pit lane before his final lap. He was then unable to cross the start/finish line on his out lap before the chequered flag dropped to post a qualifying lap, leaving him in P10.

Kevin Magnussen narrowly missed SQ3, placing eleventh in his Haas. Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso qualified twelfth and thirteenth, respectively. RB’s Yuki Tsunoda took fourteenth, with Logan Sargeant in fifteenth for Williams, out-qualifying teammate Alex Albon.

Daniel Ricciardo failed to progress beyond P16 in the RB, and Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas ended his day in seventeenth. The Kick Sauber pair of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu start eighteenth and twentieth, respectively, with Albon between them in nineteenth. The team, still chasing their first point of the year.

“It’s great to be first here in front of, basically, my home fans, my home Grand Prix,” Verstappen said. “It was a good day so far.

“It’s really been nice to drive the car, immediately the car was well-balanced and then you make some little adjustments going into the Sprint Quali. Everything has been working really well so a good start to the weekend. Still a lot of things to do but I’m happy with today.”

Austrian GP Sprint Qualifying Results

2024 Austrian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying, 28 June 2024

11Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:05.6901:05.1861:04.68611
24Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes1:05.7861:05.5611:04.77913
381Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes1:06.0811:05.3791:04.98714
463George RussellMercedes1:05.7641:05.3251:05.0549
555Carlos SainzFerrari1:05.7811:05.4351:05.12612
644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:06.5041:05.5391:05.27013
711Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT1:06.2561:05.6121:06.00814
831Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:06.3431:05.6861:06.10112
910Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:06.4651:05.7571:06.62412
1016Charles LeclercFerrari1:06.1491:05.526DNF12
1120Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:06.3871:05.8068
1218Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:06.0371:05.8478
1314Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:06.4871:05.8789
1422Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT1:06.5571:05.9609
152Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:06.518DNF9
163Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT1:06.5816
1727Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:06.5836
1877Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:06.7256
1923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:06.7546
2024Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari1:07.1976

Source: formula1.com

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