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It’s the final race of this epic Formula One triple-header, with the Red Bull Ring playing host to yet another major race, this time the Austrian Grand Prix. Join The Roar for live scores and rolling blog coverage from 10:50 pm AEST.
So far, both the French and Styrian Grands Prix have been won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who has taken his season tally of victories to four and leads the championship by 18 points over Lewis Hamilton.
Racing 71 laps again at the 4.3km Austrian circuit, the home team still seem very much in their element. Mercedes conceded that without upgrades, it would be difficult to reel in Red Bull and again the might of the latter was shown in qualifying.
Verstappen, who achieved a third consecutive pole position, will have his teammate Sergio Perez on the second row from third. Meanwhile, Mercedes’ best result was fourth from Hamilton – with Valtteri Bottas starting a lowly fifth.
An impressive Q3 from Lando Norris saw the McLaren driver claim his first front-row start in Formula One – just missing out on pole by 0.048 seconds.
AlphaTauri heads up the best of the rest from the qualifiers, though, as Ferrari face some work from outside the top ten – but will have a free choice of starting tyre. As will Daniel Ricciardo, who last weekend had a technical problem hamper his charge.
There will be eyes on George Russell too out of ninth, which is the Briton’s best result as a Williams driver. Before a hydraulics problem cruelled them last week, the former F2 champion was running with the top ten nicely – so there’ll be a prospect of first points for the beleaguered team.
Weather again looms as being a factor, though reports indicate that the Grand Prix will again be clear; which may disappoint those hoping for a shake-up of the order.
Teams have had the Styrian Grand Prix to gather data and improve upon their strategic performances from the previous week, though Pirelli have gone a step softer with their tyres this weekend. A one-stop strategy is expected, but with warmer temperatures, we could see drivers opt for a two-stopper.
Join in on The Roar for live scoresupdates and a rolling blog of all the action from 10:50 pm AEST for another round of racing at the Red Bull Ring.
Lights out: 11 pm (AEST)
Venue: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 2. Lando Norris (McLaren), 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull), 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 6. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 7. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), 8. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 9. George Russell (Williams), 10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin),11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 12. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 13. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), 14. Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 15. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 16. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), 17. Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams), 19. Mick Schumacher (Haas), 20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)