Max Verstappen on Styrian Grand Prix pole, Lewis Hamilton second

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to take pole position at the Styrian Grand Prix. Verstappen, the form man all weekend, was 0.194 seconds clear of Bottas, with Hamilton a further 0.032secs adrift. Hamilton heads into the race 12 points behind Verstappen in their drivers’ championship battle. But he was unable to get close to Verstappen’s initial time of one minute 3.841 seconds on his first run, which the Dutchman did not match on his final run, although he set a second lap that would have been good enough for pole. Russell, 23, in contention with Bottas for the second Mercedes seat alongside Hamilton in 2022, equalled his career-best grid position.

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