F1 Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Race build-up, Verstappen on pole, Hamilton down in fourth – results, latest updates

THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX takes place today – and Max Verstappen is looking to tighten his grip on the Driver's Championship.

Lewis Hamilton is now 18 points behind rival Verstappen and starts fourth on the grid, with the Red Bull star on pole.

  • Race time: 2pm TODAY
  • TV/ live stream: Sky Sports F1

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  • Ben Hunt

    PEREZ ADDS TO RED BULL'S SUCCESS

    It is shaping up to be a happy home race for the Red Bull team.

  • Ben Hunt

    LANDO HOPE

    The Brit was all smiles after taking P2 in Austria.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN STRIVING FOR PERFECTION

    The Dutchman insists he had more in the tank.

  • Ben Hunt

    HUGE EFFORT FROM NORRIS

    His best ever qualifying.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN IS ON POLE

    Norris is second. Perez in third.

    Hamilton fourth and Bottas fifth.

  • Ben Hunt

    WOW. THAT WAS CLOSE

    Norris comes within a whisker of taking pole from Verstappen.

     

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL RUNS

    Can Norris keep his second spot on the grid? Will Merc strike back?

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

    The crowds go wild, as the Red Bull man is top of the time sheets ahead of Norris.

    That was a mega lap from Norris, who is ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Perez. Huge.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q3 IS GO – GREEN LIGHT IN THE PITLANE

    It is Verstappen v Hamilton v Bottas v Perez.

    And what can Russell do?

  • Ben Hunt

    VETTEL BLOCK OF ALONSO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION

    And rightly so, the Spaniard was blocked at the final corner.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSELL GETS IN TO Q3

    The Brit gets into the top 10 as Williams reach Q3 for the first time since 2018. Amazing stuff.

    He was also on the slower medium tyres.

    Eliminated: Giovinazzi, Alonso, Sainz, Ricciardo, Leclerc,

  • Ben Hunt

    ALONSO'S FLYING LAP IS BLOCKED BY VETTEL

    The Spaniard is furious with the German, as he weaves in front of his Alpine. Alonso is OUT.

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL TWO MINUTES

    It is a busy track as drivers roll the dice for the final time to reach the top 10.

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL SIX MINUTES OF Q2

    In the drop zone: Giovinazzi, Ricciardo, Alonso, Leclerc and Sainz.

    This is going to be very, very close.

  • Ben Hunt

    Q2 PEREZ IS FIRST OUT ON TRACK

    The Red Bull man needs to find some extra time to keep up with Verstappen as the Merc duo are evenly matched.

  • Ben Hunt

    MORE TO COME FROM FERRARI

    Both drivers into Q2 but have to find more pace to challenge the big two teams.

  • Ben Hunt

    RICCIARDO SCRAPES THROUGH

    The Aussie only just makes the cut.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSELL IN TO Q2

    He is into the top 15 with another great effort as his teammate Latifi is out.

    Also eliminated are Raikkonen, Ocon, Schumacher and Mazepin.

  • Ben Hunt

    NORRIS IN P2

    The McLaren man is looking quick again, however, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo is struggling. He is in ninth.

  • Ben Hunt

    STONKING FIRST LAP FROM VERSTAPPEN

    He goes quickest. Hamilton in second place. Bottas in third.

  • Ben Hunt

    VERSTAPPEN COMES OUT ON TRACK

    The grandstands erupt!

  • Ben Hunt

    GREEN LIGHT – QUALIFYING IS GO

    Austrian GP is open for business. The track is open.

  • Ben Hunt

    ORANGE ARMY – SOME INCREDIBLE SIGHTS IN AUSTRIA

    The Dutch fans are celebrating already! Verstappen is looking good here and they cannot wait to see him.

    A bright burst of orange, smoke bombs, celebrations… Magnificent!

  • Ben Hunt

    CHRISTIAN HORNER IS IN BULLISH MOOD

    "Max is in great form and driving in a great way. He is at harmony with the car and hopefully we can keep this momentum going."

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON AND WOLFF TALK CONTRACTS

    The world champion and Merc boss chew the fat over their new partnership.

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