Austrian Sprint 2022 Report and Highlights: Verstappen leads feuding over Ferraris for Sprint and P1 win at grid point for Austrian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen won the Formula 1 race at the Red Bull Ring, beating Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, as he took the lead and secured a P1 start for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen joined qualifying on Friday night, in a session that saw Mercedes crash in Q3, after which his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez crashed into the P13 on the grid for this Sprint. This new 2022 Sprint coordination points to the top eight instead of the top three.

Yellow flags appeared on the formation lap when the Alpine team led by Fernando Alonso failed to exit the net – forcing him out of the race – before Zhou Guanyu’s short stop at the last corner approaching the net led to a second formation lap and forced the Alfa Romeo driver to . Start with digging. The other 18 cars passed a haze of orange smoke to finally start a 23-lap race instead of 24.

The top ten started on the medium tyres, and only four drivers chose the light tyres. From first, Verstappen enjoyed a quick start and shut the door on Leclerc, who tried to pass his right side – briefly giving Sainz a P2 at his teammate’s expense before Monaco hit back.

Sainz and Leclerc went again on lap 6 while Verstappen extended his lead to more than two seconds, Sainz’z attempted a pass in Turns 2 and 3 on the next lap blocked by Leclerc’s stubborn defense. The British Grand Prix winner backed off and Leclerc quickly built a hole for his teammate.

Verstappen will continue to drive comfortably and eventually won by 1.6secs over Leclerc, who eventually started to lock in.


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George Russell started and finished fourth for Mercedes, while Perez battled from 13th to fifth, the Mexican taking five places in the first six laps, the next two behind the Haas drivers on lap 10 and another from Esteban Ocon in the Alpine on lap 12 – although Russell proved It’s too far to catch.

With Haas’ pair keeping Lewis Hamilton at bay for most of the race, Ocon finished sixth. Hamilton, who pressed into Turn 1 and tapped Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri (P15) in a lap, made his way back into the top 10 and spent the second half of the race chasing Haas’ pair, his attempts to pass yielded no results. Until he finally overtook Mick Schumacher in Turn 4 on lap 22.

The seven-time champion was unable to catch up with Kevin Magnussen, the Dane who finished seventh and ahead of the Silver Arrow.

Valtteri Bottas was passed to P9 by Hamilton early on and caught when the Haas drivers halted Mercedes’ lead, but ended up 10th for Alfa Romeo behind Schumacher.

Racing highlights: 2022 Austrian Grand Prix

After a tough qualifying session, McLaren Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo advanced to the top 10 in the sprint, with the Briton finishing ahead of his Australian teammate despite running too far in an earlier attempt to pass Alex Albon.

The Williams driver took a five-second penalty for forcing Norris off the track on lap 4, finishing 13th in the flag but colliding to the P16 for Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll (P13) and Zhou (P14) at Alfa Romeo.

Gasly finished behind Albon but was upgraded to P15 at the flag, with Yuki Tsunoda ending up in P17 on a tough day for the AlphaTauri.

Sebastian Vettel was the second retired to be tapped on Tour by Albon in Turn 6, finally leaving him – Aston Martin brought him to the pits for a late exit with the car damaged.

With Sprint winning, Verstappen P1 starts at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday as he hopes to sweep the weekend and keep the raucous Red Bull Ring crowd on their feet.

Key quotes

“It was great to see him [the fans] – There was a lot of smoke at the end with all the orange, but it was just fine. I think it was a decent race, we had a good pace from the start and I think after that we were pretty close. So it was good. It was as if the sprint race had to go. Sprint race winner Verstappen said.

“naturally [the Ferraris] We were also fighting a little bit, so I had a little gap, and then after that, we were just about the same in pace. So I expect tomorrow’s fight to be very interesting again. Of course the race tomorrow will be much longer, so it will be difficult for the tyres.”

important moments

Sergio Perez’s stunning start was the defining moment, since 13th on the grid he’s started fifth in Sprint and now has a chance to help his teammate Max Verstappen out front – or maybe even overtake his teammate…

Biggest movers

Alonso was due to start eighth in the Sprint, but his DNF – the DNS, really – put him 20th in Sunday’s Grand Prix. Albon and Gasly lost six places each on a tough Saturday.

Ricciardo and Norris formed four positions each, but Perez took the most positions, eight, as he fired from a P13 mesh slot (P12 after Alonso was pulled) to P5 at the flag.

What’s Next?

The Austrian Grand Prix starts at 1500 local time on Sunday, and Verstappen is poised to go further after earning P1 at Sprint and extending his advantage in the drivers’ championship. Visit RACE HUB to find out when and where you can watch Sunday’s events.

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