Weaned from pole position since Imola, Max Verstappen remedies it in Austria

Already winner of the sprint earlier in the day, Max Verstappen once again made the red bull shine at the Red Bull Ring by signing his first pole position since Imola.

Published on 29/06/2024 à 17:09

Jeremy Satis

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Weaned from pole position since Imola, Max Verstappen remedies it in Austria

Max Verstappen regains pole in Austria. © Florent Gooden / DPPI

Casually, we hadn't seen any more Max Verstappen in pole position for a Grand Prix since Emilia Romagna a month and a half ago. Certainly, the Batavian had never really gone very far. He was not at Leclerc's level in Monaco, but he had set the same time as pole sitter George Russell in Canada, before failing just 20 thousandths behind the pole time. Lando Norris in Barcelona last weekend. Already the fastest over a lap during sprint qualifying on Friday, Max confirmed his return to form by returning his RB20 to his preferred grid position for Sunday's Grand Prix.

Beaten by Carlos Sainz in Q1, the Dutchman calmed everyone down from Q2 by finding his bearings and his sensations. He then immediately put himself out of reach of any competition. Somewhat heckled by the McLaren at the start of the sprint this Saturday, the son of Jos will start again in front of Lando Norris, but not in front of Oscar piastri, originally 3rd but whose decisive time was canceled due to track limits…

Behind, it was George Russell who took advantage of this hard blow for the Australian. The Briton will start 3rd, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, only 6th, had announced that he would take enormous risks to try to get pole. This did not work with two passages in the gravel, in the 2nd and 3rd sector. Piastri will start right behind him on Sunday. With Sergio Pérez 8th, we almost find the final order of the sprint contested earlier!

Already present with two drivers in SQ3 the day before, Alpine managed to place Esteban Ocon in the final section of the qualification. The Norman will start in 10th position, just behind Nico Hulkenberg.

A historic Q1

Earlier in the session, Q1 had been extremely competitive, since Alex Albon, first eliminated in the first qualifying section, missed the mark despite a delay of only 473/1000th compared to the best time established by Carlos Sainz. 798/1000th separated the best Q1 time from 20th on the grid Guanyu-Zhou, giving rise to the tightest Q1 in the history of the F1. Among the eliminated: both Williams, just like the two Saubers without surprise. Finally Lance stroll was beaten for the third time in a row in Grand Prix qualifying by Fernando Alonso. The Canadian will start 17th.

Unsurprisingly, however, Alonso was eliminated in Q2, with the 15th fastest time on the grid. Daniel Ricciardo, 11th, beat Yuki tsunoda, only 14th. Finally Pierre Gasly did not come far from qualifying in Q3. The Norman made a small error at turn 7, which caused him to lose precious tenths and which resulted in his lap being canceled due to track limitations. He will therefore start 13th.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

29/06/2024 at 05:20 a.m.

Still as impressive as the Batavian! TexMex can be happy to have seen his contract renewed for one more year (+ one year) because based on his current performances, isn't Red Bull's management chomping at the bit? But the Mexican has serious assets: his sponsors but also 🤣 his sales of derivative products in Central and South America!!

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