Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Spielberg (Austria): Max Verstappen gave Red Bull the perfect start to the first of two races on home soil by delivering a scintillating lap to fend off Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to snatch pole position for the Styrian Grand Prix - his second in a row.

The Red Bull Ring has been a happy hunting ground for Verstappen in years gone by, with the two-time winner looking to have his RB16B hooked up beautifully from the start of qualifying, making good progress as the one-hour session built to a crescendo.

Championship leader Verstappen set provisional pole with his first run and his second lap was also good enough to take top spot, as the Mercedes challenge fell short. Bottas popped ahead of Hamilton into second which a very tidy lap at the death, but he’ll drop back to fifth following a three-place penalty for 'dangerous driving' when he spun in the pit lane during practice.

That promotes Hamilton to second spot, having crossed the line third, with the Mercedes driver opting to do three runs in Q3 having saved a set of soft tyres from the opening segment.

Top Five

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)

2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

3 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

4 Lando Norris (McLaren)

5 Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing)

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