F1 Austrian Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Race build-up, Verstappen starts on pole, Hamilton fourth – stream, latest updates

MAX VERSTAPPEN starts on pole as Red Bull go for glory in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton will look to reel in the current Driver's Championship leader, but starts fourth on the grid.

  • Race start time: 2pm BST
  • TV/ live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

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  • Joshua Mbu

    TOTO SPEAKS

    Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has said that Lewis Hamilton's No2 will be decided in the coming months.

    Hamilton signed a new two-year deal yesterday.

    But with Bottas underperforming, Mercedes could look for a new No2 to back the seven-time world champ up.

    Wolff said: "Today is about Lewis and having that contract out of the way.

    "We always said we wanted to give it the next few races to gain more clarity.

    "[We are] also happy Valtteri’s racing in Austria in my opinion was really good and he needs to consolidate that. He’s a known factor.

    “In the same way we know the strengths and weaknesses of George, and that decision is going to be made during the summer.

    “First [we will have] discussions with George and Valtteri and then hopefully we are sorted before the end of the season.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    JULY 4

    Will Verstappen make it three wins in a row today?

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  • Joshua Mbu

    'SOMETHING EXTRA IN THEIR BAG'

    Lewis Hamilton believes that Red Bull has "something extra in their bag", as they're proving hard to beat this season.

    The seven-time F1 champion said: "They’ve definitely got something extra in their bag, I already know that.

    "But I think we’ve made some small progress today, but I think they still have the two-tenths or maybe it’s a tenth and a half, something like that.

    "We’ve definitely made some small steps forward, but not enough to close the two-tenths.

    "But over a single lap, that felt OK, it felt pretty good, and I just expect them to turn up a little bit more tomorrow."

  • Joshua Mbu

    STARTING GRID

    Red Bull are looking incredibly hard to beat this season, with Verstappen starting in pole position and Perez in third.

    Norris put in a top performance in qualifying to earn p3.

    And seven-time F1 world champion Hamilton is down in p4, to everyone's surprise.

    Bottas, much like last week, needs to put in a good performance. He's under a lot of pressure to perform.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAM ON TOP

    Lewis Hamilton is the greatest F1 driver of all-time, according to SunSport's Ben Hunt!

    Hamilton is a seven-time F1 world champion, level with Michael Schumacher.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    LANDO

    Lando Norris JUST missed out on toppling Max Verstappen during qualifying!

  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ ADDS TO RED BULL'S SUCCESS

    It is shaping up to be a happy home race for the Red Bull team.

  • Ben Hunt

    LANDO HOPE

    The Brit was all smiles after taking P2 in Austria.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN STRIVING FOR PERFECTION

    The Dutchman insists he had more in the tank.

  • Ben Hunt

    HUGE EFFORT FROM NORRIS

    His best ever qualifying.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN IS ON POLE

    Norris is second. Perez in third.

    Hamilton fourth and Bottas fifth.

  • Ben Hunt

    WOW. THAT WAS CLOSE

    Norris comes within a whisker of taking pole from Verstappen.

     

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL RUNS

    Can Norris keep his second spot on the grid? Will Merc strike back?

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

    The crowds go wild, as the Red Bull man is top of the time sheets ahead of Norris.

    That was a mega lap from Norris, who is ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Perez. Huge.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO – GREEN LIGHT IN THE PITLANE

    It is Verstappen v Hamilton v Bottas v Perez.

    And what can Russell do?

  • Ben Hunt

    VETTEL BLOCK OF ALONSO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION

    And rightly so, the Spaniard was blocked at the final corner.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSELL GETS IN TO Q3

    The Brit gets into the top 10 as Williams reach Q3 for the first time since 2018. Amazing stuff.

    He was also on the slower medium tyres.

    Eliminated: Giovinazzi, Alonso, Sainz, Ricciardo, Leclerc,

  • Ben Hunt

    ALONSO'S FLYING LAP IS BLOCKED BY VETTEL

    The Spaniard is furious with the German, as he weaves in front of his Alpine. Alonso is OUT.

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL TWO MINUTES

    It is a busy track as drivers roll the dice for the final time to reach the top 10.

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL SIX MINUTES OF Q2

    In the drop zone: Giovinazzi, Ricciardo, Alonso, Leclerc and Sainz.

    This is going to be very, very close.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q2 PEREZ IS FIRST OUT ON TRACK

    The Red Bull man needs to find some extra time to keep up with Verstappen as the Merc duo are evenly matched.

  • Ben Hunt

    MORE TO COME FROM FERRARI

    Both drivers into Q2 but have to find more pace to challenge the big two teams.

  • Ben Hunt

    RICCIARDO SCRAPES THROUGH

    The Aussie only just makes the cut.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSELL IN TO Q2

    He is into the top 15 with another great effort as his teammate Latifi is out.

    Also eliminated are Raikkonen, Ocon, Schumacher and Mazepin.

  • Ben Hunt

    NORRIS IN P2

    The McLaren man is looking quick again, however, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo is struggling. He is in ninth.

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