F1 Austrian GP Qualifying 2024 – Verstappen takes dominant pole

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to the Red Bull Ring for Qualifying at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix

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Welcome to Total-Motorsport’s live F1 coverage of the Austrian GP 2024 Qualifying as we switch focus to the main event from an exciting Formula 1 Sprint weekend at the iconic Red Bull Ring. Stay with us as we bring you real-time updates and insights from the track.

This race marks the second leg of the first triple-header of the F1 season. The Red Bull Ring features the lowest number of corners (10) and the shortest lap time on the F1 calendar. Despite its 4.318 km length making it the third shortest track, the Red Bull Ring boasts a significant altitude change of 63.5 metres, second only to Spa-Francorchamps.

The Austrian GP has a storied history, with 37 races held at the Red Bull Ring and its predecessor circuits. The Styrian hills have been the home of Formula 1 in Austria since 1964, evolving through different eras from the Osterreichring to the A1-Ring, and finally, the Red Bull Ring. 

Max Verstappen, already the most successful driver at this venue with four previous wins, will be aiming to add another victory to his tally, took pole position and won the Sprint on Friday, just ahead of both McLaren cars.

F1 Austrian GP 2024 Qualifying LIVE: Latest Updates

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 Austrian GP Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.


Max Verstappen reacts to another dominant display in 2024

The reigning F1 world champion has been in a world of his own through 2024 so far and that threatens to be the case in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen’s last four laps were all around half a second quicker than his next nearest challenger’s.

“The qualifying went really well,” Norris told F1 TV. “We tried to adjust the car a little bit after the things that we learnt this morning, I think it worked well. 

“Of course, the track is a bit warmer than yesterday so it made it trickier to drive, but the car felt a lot better for me today. I could really attack the corners a bit more, every run was on point and it was very enjoyable out there.

“It has been a while that we have actually been on pole [for a Grand Prix] so it’s great. It’s a great feeling. The team has been working really hard to make the car more competitive and I think this is a great statement. Hopefully we can of course also show that tomorrow in the race.”

It’s a second chance for Norris: Can he win the 2024 Austrian GP?

Lando Norris suffered a terrible result in the Sprint Race by losing the lead to Max Verstappen and second to his teammate but another reliable Qualifying lap gives him a second shot at his second win of the season and his career.

Does he think he can take it?

“I think it was as much as we could do today,” Norris told F1 TV. “Max was in a league of his own. Clearly much quicker than what we had, so I’m happy. Tricky conditions, felt a bit more difficult than it was yesterday, a lot closer. More difficult to get the laps in and perfect them. It was good enough and I’ll take it.

“It’s [going to be] tough. When you look at the pace today, it’s clear that we’re going to give it a lot. We’re going to need something extra to beat the pace of Max and the Red Bulls.

“I’ll try. I’ll do a better job than I did this morning, that’s for sure. I’m excited. I’ll look forward to it. It’s a long race, many things can happen, and normally we’re better in the races than we are in qualifying, so let’s see.” 

It’s the second-row for Russell as he starts third for the 2024 Austrian GP

George Russell’s been putting in the laps all weekend as he continues his amazing qualifying advantage over Lewis Hamilton this season, but what does he think of his chances of victory in tomorrow’s race?

“The car is feeling great at the moment,” Russell told media after the race. “The team has worked so hard bringing these upgrades and it feels we have got a real fight on our hands, especially with Ferrari.

“We are still a little bit behind McLaren – and Max and Red Bull were flying today – but it’s definitely going in the right direction for us.”

Russell added: “These two were pretty dicey in the Sprint race so I think I’ll sit back, watch them do their thing, and hopefully sneak through on the inside.

“But, realistically, they have got the pace on us. Our race is probably going to be behind us unfortunately and it’s important we don’t compromise our race too much battling with these guys.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN TAKES POLE FOR THE 2024 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

Max Verstappen was not a fan of anyone being close to him in Sprint Qualifying on Friday and he made sure he crushes the opposition in qualifying for the race on Sunday with a 1:04.314 with nobody able to get anywhere near the Dutchman to send his fans crazy in the stands!

Lando Norris lines up second some four tenths behind the Red Bull and it’s disappointment for Charles Leclerc after a terrible final lap sees him take a trip through the gravel at Turn 6 before running wide at Turn 10 with a huge impact over the kerbs. Will he have broken his floor?

3rd: George Russell
4th: Carlos Sainz
5th: Lewis Hamilton
6th: Charles Leclerc
7th: Oscar Piastri – he had his lap deleted
8th: Sergio Perez
9th: Nico Hulkenberg
10th: Esteban Ocon

Four minutes to go: Problems for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s struggling with understeer around the Red Bull Ring and he’s also under investigation for an unsafe release from back when he hit the jack on the exit of his garage.

Will he finally put his lap together in the final Q3 runs, coming up?

Six minutes to go: First runs completed

Max Verstappen leads the way from Lando Norris, then George Russell (+0.528), Charles Leclerc (+0.618), Oscar Piastri (+0.622), Lewis Hamilton (+0.687), Carlos Sainz (+0.809), Sergio Perez (+1.078), Esteban Ocon (+1.514) and Nico Hulkenberg (+1.578).

Three tenths separates second from sixth whilst there is surely more time in Perez and Sainz’s times.

Seven minutes to go: Max Verstappen throws down the law

The defending champion posts a 1:04.426 on his first run and Lando Norris can only get within 0.350! It seems as though pole will be in the bag once again for the F1 world champion.

Nine minutes to go: Hamilton hits a jack in the garage

It’s unclear if something was still attached to the back of his Mercedes or if he just clipped it as he left the garage, but Lewis Hamilton appears to drag a pump and a jack with him at the back of his car.

Fortunately it separates and he can get his first Q3 lap on the board.

Q3 begins: Will anyone deny Max Verstappen?

Twice was Max Verstappen half a second faster in the previous session so will anyone be able to find the time to deny the Dutchman around the Red Bull Ring, a track he’s dominated since 2018?

Nico Hulkenberg makes Q3!

Nico Hulkenberg delivers a great lap to make it to Q3 as he’s joined by Esteban Ocon and the regular eight suspects from the Top Four teams! Dan Fallows and Mike Krack, cover your eyes in horror! Fernando Alonso’s final lap was almost half a second off the pace, that was unthinkable this time last year.

It’s gutting for Daniel Ricciardo on his 250th F1 weekend as he’s eliminated one hundredth of a second, an incomprehendable amount of time around such a short lap at the Red Bull Ring.

Out in Q2: Alonso (15th), Tsunoda, Gasly, Magnussen and Ricciardo (+0.015)

Four minutes to go: Alonso at risk

Fernando Alonso says he almost crashed at Turn 7 and Turn 10 as he tries to wring everything he can out of that underwhelming Aston Martin car but he can only stay 15th! He needs to find over three tenths to even make Q3.

Nico Hulkenberg is spotted failing to follow the F1 regulations on entering the fast-lane of the pits as he jumps ahead of Sergio Perez in the queue.

Six minutes to go: Ferraris get out of a hole

Both Ferraris had dropped into the bottom five of this round for a moment until Carlos Sainz banged in a 1:05.1 to go second-fastest whilst Charles Leclerc could only go sixth.

It’s a tight session but that should take a little bit of pressure off for their finals runs at the Red Bull Ring in Q2.

Eight minutes to go: No challenger to Verstappen

Both McLarens are on the board now and George Russell in second is a mind-boggling 0.491 off the defending world champion! Nobody is getting close to that time on their first runs, that was an excellent lap.

Sergio Perez is a cool 0.6 off the pace of his teammate in fifth.

10 minutes to go: Here comes Verstappen

The F1 world champion heads out for his first push-lap of the day and he’s purple through Sector 1, comfortably up on Leclerc – a trend that carries on through Sectors 2 and 3 as he smashes the times to post a 1:04.577 to the cheers of the Dutch fans!

He’s almost one second up on Charles Leclerc!

12 minutes to go: Sainz posts the benchmark to beat

Carlos Sainz flies out of Turn 10, slams on the throttle and taps the DRS button but his time isn’t very good and he’s 0.213 off his teammate and behind both Alpines! The Ferrari will need to get a move on for his following runs.

Sainz blames bouncing around the Red Bull Ring, is porpoising making a daunting return to the sport?

Q2 BEGINS: Will we see any shock exits?

Sergio Perez, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were all relatively close to Q1 exits so will they be able to pick up the pace in the next 15 minutes or will they be heading for an early shower?

Williams drivers not hard on themselves

Both Williams drivers come onto the radio to say it was a good job despite the limitations of the car as Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant were knocked out of Q1 in Austria.

Sargeant missed Q2 by around 0.2 and Albon was just 0.080 off so it did seem to be a good effort from the pair, just at a track that isn’t really any good for the Grove-based team.

Lance Stroll OUT in Q1

It was another very tough session for Aston Martin as Lance Stroll is knocked out and beaten by a Williams whilst Fernando Alonso just managed to creep through to Q2 in 15th. The regression of that team over the last 12 months has been astonishing to see.

Both George Russell and Sergio Perez were only save by a couple of tenths too and Perez was on a set of fresh softs so that’s very concerning for the Red Bull.

Out in Q1: Zhou (20th), Sargeant, Bottas, Stroll and Albon.

Nico Hulkenberg noted for a pit-lane infringement

Hulkenberg’s Haas has been noted for failing to follow the Race Director’s instructions.

Lots of track evolution expected

Lando Norris is just a tenth and bit off the lead of Q1 but McLaren feel a need to send him back out, that shows how hectic the final few moments of the opening part of qualifying could get here!

Norris is fourth and currently around half a second up on Lewis Hamilton’s time in the final elimination spot.

Six minutes to go: Here’s the bottom five in Q1

Zhou Guanyu (20th), Logan Sargeant, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll and Lewis Hamilton all have to find some extra time to improve and save their weekends so far.

Replays show smoke coming from George Russell’s brakes showing how hot the conditions at the Red Bull Ring currently are!

Eight minutes to go: Verstappen second fastest

That’s better for the Red Bulls as Max Verstappen goes second overall behind Carlos Sainz, although Sainz run a fresh set of softs and Verstappen didn’t.

Sergio Perez slots into fifth place, 0.383 down on the leading Ferrari.

10 minutes to go: Mercedes are out of sync

Mercedes will be the last to get their two drivers on the board as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell kick off their qualifying for the afternoon and it’s a solid effort on their openers.

Hamilton goes up to seventh whilst George Russell goes fastest overall with a 1:05.614 with both Red Bulls now down in eighth and 10th.

14 minutes to go: First laps on the board

Max Verstappen posts a 1:06.054 to open proceedings in front of the Orange Army in Austria as Sergio Perez slots in close behind, a tenth and half back from his teammate although there’s a lot of time to come yet.

Both Ferraris jump above the Red Bulls, along with both McLarens too. Not great from Horner’s men so far.

GREEN FLAG: Q1 BEGINS

Friday’s fastest man in Sprint Qualifying is first out on track as Max Verstappen leads the Red Bull’s out for Q1.

Drivers have 18 minutes to get their best laps in.

It’s almost time for Qualifying at the 2024 Austrian GP!

We’re ready, are you? Get LIVE coverage with Total-Motorsport.com from 15:00 UK time.

Another landmark for Lewis Hamilton…

Lewis Hamilton has now hit 300 points finishes in Formula 1 races, including Sprints, as he continues to extend his legacy as statistically the greatest driver of all-time.

He had a difficult qualifying session on Friday so will he be able to surprise his fans with a stunning pole at the Red Bull Ring today?

Can Lando Norris challenge?

An under-the-weather Lando Norris missed Sprint Pole at the Red Bull Ring by just 0.093, so with an extra 24 hours’ of rest to beat his sickness, will he find that all crucial tenth to challenge Max Verstappen?

Will Max Verstappen take pole?

Max Verstappen stormed to Sprint Pole position on Friday despite a mechanical failure in practice and after winning Saturday’s Sprint Race, will he take pole position for the Grand Prix in 25 minutes’ time?

Austrian GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Pirelli has selected the three softest compounds from their 2024 range for this race—C3 as Hard, C4 as Medium, and C5 as Soft. The Spielberg track, with its older and highly abrasive surface, requires meticulous tyre management to prevent overheating, especially given the variable ambient temperatures. Traction out of the slow corners and stability under braking are crucial for a competitive edge.

Tyre information and data for the 2024 Austrian GP | Pirelli
Tyre information and data for the 2024 Austrian GP Sprint weekend | Pirelli

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Austrian GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 Austrian GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action from the Red Bull Ring across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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