F1 Austrian GP 2024 Sprint Qualifying – Verstappen takes Sprint Pole!

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

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Welcome to Total-Motorsport’s live F1 coverage of the Austrian GP 2024 Sprint Qualifying session marking the beginning of competitive running at 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 marked the second leg of the first triple-header of the 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 and he was fastest in Free Practice 1 earlier on Friday, despite suffering a momentary loss of power. Will reliability be the only thing that can stop him taking the trophies home this weekend?

F1 Austrian GP 2024 Sprint Qualifying LIVE: Latest

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 Austrian GP with Sprint Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring as we begin another F1 Sprint weekend.


Verstappen reacts to Sprint pole at his de facto home Grand Prix!

When the chips were down, once again it was Max Verstappen who stood taller than anyone else as he took the latest Sprint Pole of his Formula 1 career at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Lando Norris’ McLaren.

“It’s great to be first here in front of, basically, my home fans and my home Grand Prix. It’s been a good day so far,” Verstappen told media after the session. “It’s really been nice to drive the car.

“It was well balanced and then you make some little adjustments going into sprint qualifying and everything has been working really well. It’s a good start to the weekend, there are still a lot of things to do, but I’m happy with today.”

Anti-stall issue for Charles Leclerc!

Charles Leclerc suffered an anti-stall issue as he left the garage for his first and only lap of SQ3 which means the Monegasque and his Ferrari were relegated to 10th on the grid for tomorrow’s F1 Sprint Race at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix!

“I don’t know what happened. I was in the pit lane and I got the anti-still then everything switched off,” Leclerc said to F1 media after the session. “The team told me we will speak later, so I don’t know.

“We were not super strong but we would have been better than P10. A bit disappointing but we will try to have a good Sprint to come back.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN TAKES SPRINT POLE FOR 2024 AUSTRIAN GP SPRINT RACE

Max Verstappen keeps it all neat and tidy at the Red Bull Ring to send his thousands of fans into celebration by taking Sprint pole with a 1:04.686 ahead of Lando Norris (+0.093) and Oscar Piastri!

Then comes George Russell’s Mercedes ahead of Ferrari once again by beating Carlos Sainz as the Silver Arrows seem to find an uptake in form in recent weeks, then comes Lewis Hamilton who made an error on his final run.

It was another very poor showing by Sergio Perez who was a huge 1.3 seconds off his teammate and almost beaten by the Alpine of Esteban Ocon in eighth, who was half a second faster than Pierre Gasly.

Charles Leclerc… The Ferrari known for being so good over one lap had a problem in the pits and the Monegasque driver couldn’t get to the line in time to set a lap, he will start the Sprint Race from 10th!

Charles Leclerc is OUT!

Leclerc has some kind of problem and is left waiting in the pits, his out-lap will need to be a push-lap and he’s going to have barely any tyre life, that’s surely him out!

Here they come: This is going to be epic!

The drivers are finally out on the track with 120 seconds to get their laps done, it’s going to be hectic and it’s going to be electric! The Mercedes made sure they jumped the queue.

Three minutes left on the board: It’s one-shot quali

Drivers will have just ONE lap to get their times right after they’ve sat in their garages waiting for as long as they can for better track evolution and potential slipstreams.

Who will take pole in the one-lap shootout?

SQ3 begins: Who will take Sprint pole for the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix?

It’s looking good for Max Verstappen so far but what will happen when the remaining 10 cars bolt on some of the soft tyres for the final session of Sprint Qualifying?

Will he delight his Orange Army or will they be going home with a pinch of salt on their tongues? Just half a second split Verstappen in first from Sergio Perez in eighth…

SQ2 over: Double exit for Aston Martin!

Lance Stroll outqualifies Fernando Alonso again but it’s not enough for the Aston Martin cars to get through into SQ3 as their shocking from continues with them both outqualified by Alpine!

Stroll made a mistake at the final corner as he had to catch a massive slide, how much did that cost him in the end?

Out in SQ2: Logan Sargeant (15th), Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen!

90 seconds to go: seven cars need to set times

Lance Stroll is one of seven drivers who need to find some extra time as he begins his first flying lap of the session with two minutes to go so this could shake up the order.

Stay tuned as Stroll stays ninth fastest!

Four minutes to go: Hamilton stops at the weighbridge

Lewis Hamilton will be annoyed that he has to slow down and wait for the FIA to conduct their weight checks of his Mercedes car with time ticking away, but he will have enough time for his second run.

Seven minutes to go: Verstappen sets the target!

First on track means Max Verstappen is the first to take the flag as the Red Bull lays down the law for everyone else to challenge with a 1:05.186, with Sergio Perez half a second off his teammate in eighth.

George Russell goes second, then Oscar Piastri, Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris in seventh.

SQ2 gets underway: Drivers have 10 minutes

Drivers will be running the medium tyres once again as the Red Bulls are first on track for SQ2 with everyone trying to find the ideal gap in the queues.

A reminder that we lost Zhou (20th), Albon, Bottas, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo in the last session.

Hamilton and Alonso survive SQ1

It was a poor couple of laps for Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso but both manage to survive to the next phase of Sprint Qualifying!

The five drivers out are: Zhou (20th), Albon, Bottas, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo, the latter eliminated by his teammate Yuki Tsunoda by 0.024!

Three minutes to go: Alonso 16th!

Fernando Alonso is in the drop zone with a lot of time needed to make up after Lance Stroll went up to fifth overall!

Aston Martin’s in a terrible slump of form but will the Spaniard pull the lap out of his hat on his final run of SQ1?

Six minutes to go: Verstappen fractionally fastest

George Russell is fastest out of Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren with his 1:05.764 beating Carlos Sainz by a few thousandths.

Here come the Red Bulls as Max Verstappen goes fastest overall by 0.074 whilst Sergio Perez is half a second off his teammate!

Seven minutes to go: Big slide for Lewis Hamilton!

Lewis Hamilton has a big slide at the exit of Turn 1 which will hurt him all the way up until Turn 4 but he manages to keep the car together and pushes on with the lap to set the first time of the day with a 1:06.416 on the mediums.

BUT his time is deleted for track limits as he calls it a, “terrible lap” to his race engineer. He will have to go again…

GREEN FLAG: SQ1 GETS UNDERWAY

The slowest five drivers will be booted out of Sprint Qualifying after 12 minutes of trying to get in their fastest laps but there is a catch, they’re only allowed to use medium tyres for SQ1 and SQ2!

Time is of the essence but the drivers don’t seem to think so as they wait for three minutes before the first car out onto the track is the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell!

Charles Leclerc was confident Ferrari would respond but it’s all a little in the air at the moment…

Ferrari didn’t get much encouragement from FP1 until they put on the softs, in a session that saw them chop and change their set up a lot to only still be a few tenths off Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

And with Sprint Qualifying almost here, they’re still making changes!

“Ferrari played around with the car so much in the first practice ahead of this sprint qualifying session,” Ted Kravitz told Sky Sports F1. “The focus has been on the front suspension geometry.

“They just can’t get the front of this Ferrari to bite and give the drivers what they want in these corners. Hopefully, for their sakes, they’ve got it right.”

We’re ready for Sprint Qualifying, are you?

The Red Bull Ring has a fascination natural view in the hills of Austria, but who will climb to the dizzying heights of sprint pole?

Sprint Qualifying gets underway any moment now…

New track limits: Who will test the edge of the circuit?

McLaren’s Lando Norris became the first driver to be caught out by track limits at Turns 4, 9 and 10 but who will be the first to run wide and possibly lose a lap in Sprint Qualifying?

ICYMI: Here are the results from FP1:

Free Practice 1 left more questions than answers at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg as Mercedes and Max Verstappen showed very strong pace, at the circuit where the Silver Arrows are not expected to be competitive.

For large swathes, Hamilton led the standings with George Russell usually one or two places behind whilst Verstappen showed that despite reliability problems, Red Bull still have a lot of time in hand ahead of Sprint Qualifying.

Here are your FP1 results.

ICYMI: Here’s your report of FP1:

Max Verstappen shook off a power unit failure to top FP1 by posting a 1:05.685 just half an hour after he was left rolling backwards on the pit-straight without any drive in his championship-leading Red Bull.

The Dutchman, at what is basically a third “home” GP, made a differential change on his car as he headed on into Turn 9 before the power seemed to switch off, leaving him stranded by the finishing line with a 10-place grid penalty looming large on the horizon.

But with some quick thinking, he allowed his car to roll back towards a gap in the pit-wall under the red flag and reported his last changes to his engineer so the team quickly fixed the problem and sent him back out and if there was any fears of a performance impact, forget about it, as he smashed the times to go faster than both Ferrari’s and Oscar Piastri.

It was also a good session for Mercedes who showed encouraging pace on the hard tyre and led the vast majority of FP1, although George Russell’s one-lap pace didn’t seem to be stellar meanwhile Lewis Hamilton opted not to bother as he kept his soft tyres for Sprint Qualifying.

McLaren and Ferrari were largely anonymous, as were Aston Martin who continue to be regressing under the pen and paper of Dan Fallows with the CEO, Lawrence Stroll, appearing to begin to grow frustrated at their lack of progress.

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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