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Styrian GP qualifying as it happened

Minute-by-minute updates for Formula 1's FP3 and qualifying sessions for the Styrian GP

Styrian GP qualifying as it happened

By: Haydn Cobb, Megan White, Jake Boxall-Legge


  • Verstappen takes pole position for the Styrian GP
  • Bottas qualifies second but will start fifth due to three-place grid penalty
  • Hamilton third in qualifying but will start the race on the front row alongside Verstappen
  • Norris and Perez also move up a spot each due to the penalty for Bottas
  • Q3 incident involving Tsunoda and Bottas to be reviewed after qualifying
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Bottas, Mercedes
  3. Hamilton, Mercedes
  4. Norris, McLaren
  5. Perez, Red Bull
  6. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  7. Leclerc, Ferrari
  8. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
  9. Alonso, Alpine
  10. Stroll, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped

Here's the report from qualifying - we'll see you tomorrow for the race! Take care.

But that's Verstappen's pole - his lap in the 1m03s remains untouched! Bottas will shuffle to fifth in tomorrow's race - giving us a Norris-Perez row two!
Hamilton had a very iffy lap and went wide at Turn 9! Bottas then leaps ahead of Hamilton, with Gasly grabbing fourth until Norris usurps him!
Speaking of Tsunoda, he moves up to P8 once more - as Leclerc cements P7 for the time being.
Bottas didn't particularly like encountering Tsunoda into Turn 4 - "F***ing Tsunoda - f***ing idiot".
Round 2 of Q3 coming up. All except Stroll now hit the circuit.
Stroll, yet to set a time, now goes up to eighth place - beating Tsunoda and Alonso there.
Hamilton gets closer with a 1m04.067s, halving his deficit to Verstappen.
Norris went P3, so far quicker than Bottas and Perez.
Big statement from Verstappen, 0.4s faster than Hamilton's opener.
Gasly posts a 1m04.453s - but Verstappen now posts a 1m03.841s to go top!!
Tsunoda's up to P2, a 1m04.980s. Not his fastest lap.
So, that's a solid benchmark up on the wall - what do the others have?
Hamilton's opening gambit is a 1m04.205s, his fastest lap of the session thus far.
Hamilton has the circuit to himself at the moment, or at least, until Tsunoda decides he wants in.
Here we are - Q3 hath begun.
Into Q3: Perez, Norris, Gasly, Verstappen, Bottas, Hamilton, Alonso, Tsunoda, Leclerc, Stroll.
Just 0.008s between Stroll and Russell on those laps - one has a Q3 spot, the other has free tyre choice for tomorrow.