Verstappen takes Austrian GP pole as Perez out in Q2

A number of drivers were caught out by track limits at the tight track at the Red Bull Ring.

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Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Austrian GP Sprint Race as teammate Sergio Perez was knocked out in Q2 with lap times eliminated for track limits violations.

Verstappen was once again dominant at the front of the field, but track limits were the real talking point of the session, as both Perez and the Mercedes of George Russell were knocked out in Q2.

The Mexican lost three flying laps during the session to track limits, mainly towards the complex of the final two corners at the Red Bull Ring, while Russell similarly struggled along with other drivers.

Charles Leclerc was the next fastest driver on track and will start the Sprint Race in Spielberg from second, after missing out on pole by just 0.004s, ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in third.

Norris shines with upgrades

Lando Norris, driving with a new set of upgrades for his McLaren, secured a season-best qualifying performance of fourth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in fifth.

Aston Martin were unable to replicate their competitiveness at other circuits this season, with Lance Stroll in sixth ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso.

Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Haas, with the Alpine of Pierre Gasly and the upgraded Williams of Alex Albon rounding out the top 10.

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