F1 Austrian GP sprint race LIVE! Stream, latest updates and reaction as Max Verstappen wins

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F1 Austrian GP sprint race LIVE! Stream, latest updates and reaction as Max Verstappen wins
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F1 Austrian GP sprint race LIVE!

World champion Max Verstappen comfortably won the sprint race from pole at the Austrian Grand Prix to extend his championship lead, while Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. almost collided as they scrapped behind him.

Verstappen made a clean start and was untroubled thereafter over 23 laps of the 4.3-kilometer (2.7-mile) Red Bull Ring packed with orange-clad Dutch fans setting off orange flares and cheering him on.

Verstappen’s second sprint win of the season gave him an additional eight points. Leclerc picked up seven points for second place and Sainz got six for finishing third with the top eight scoring points.

George Russell collected five in fourth place ahead of Sergio Perez, who drove superbly from 12th to finish fifth and score four points. Esteban Ocon was sixth for Alpine ahead of Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Lewis Hamilton, who scored one point the day after crashing in qualifying.

The final positions from the sprint set the grid for Sunday’s race. Verstappen will start at the front as he aims for a fifth win at his team’s home track in Spielberg. Sainz Jr. overtook Leclerc at the start, only for Leclerc to quickly overtake him back and reclaim second place.

The Ferraris brushed each other when Sainz tried to pass his teammate on Lap 6, with Leclerc holding him off. Sainz went for it again on the next lap, going through on the inside but Leclerc dived back on the inside as the tension rose between them. Leclerc did the hard work and Sainz didn’t get another go.

Hamilton attacked Mick Schumacher in the closing laps but Schumacher defended aggressively until Hamilton zoomed past him on Lap 21.

Former F1 champion Fernando Alonso was eighth on the grid but there was a problem with his Alpine car and he did not start.

"Five minutes before the start we saw the car was not starting," the Spanish driver said.

Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu’s engine cut out on the formation lap and forced the Alfa Romeo driver to start from the pit lane one week after surviving a crash at the British GP.

In the first sprint race of the season, Verstappen overtook Leclerc to win the Emilia-Romagna GP sprint in April, then won the GP race with a fastest lap bonus for a maximum of 34 points overall.

Earlier, the British GP winner Sainz led second practice ahead of Leclerc with Verstappen finishing third. Ferrari raced with its original Prancing Horse logo on the 90th anniversary of its first appearance in motorsport, at Spa-Francorchamps in 1932.

Russell placed seventh in practice with Hamilton ninth. Mercedes had to repair both cars after they crashed near the end of Friday’s qualifying session.

Additional reporting from AP

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16:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix sprint race with a dominant performance keeping Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at bay.

Such was the world champion’s impressive lead in front of thousands of Dutch supporters, the Ferrari drives were involved in far more battles between themselves as Verstappen once again claimed pole position ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix.

George Russell started fourth and finished in the same position while Lewis Hamilton, involved in a collision with Pierre Gasly at the start, dropped from ninth to 11th before finishing eighth.

Read the full story here!

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A look at the grid!

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How the points played out

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Full classification

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The moment!

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MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS F1 Austria sprint!

16:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

In truth, a very assured performance from Verstappen, who had to do very little throughout.

Leclerc and Sainz behind him.

Lap 21/23

16:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fastest lap goes to Leclerc, though the gap to Verstappen sits at just under 3 seconds.

Hamilton and Schumacher in a brilliant scrap for that eighth spot.

The top 8

15:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

19 of 23 laps:

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles Leclerc

3. Carlos Sainz

4. George Russell

5. Sergio Perez

6. Esteban Ocon

7. Kevin Magnussen

8. Mick Schumacher

15:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

Leclerc finding pace

15:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

16/23: Verstappen still leading Leclerc by 2.46secs but the Ferrari man is finding pace with every lap.

A familiar battle!

15:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

14/23: Hamilton and Schumacher scrapping it out for 8th spot.

We’ve seen those two names go at it before...

Yellow flag

15:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

Vettel’s out on the gravel in sector two.


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Alex Albon hit with a five-second penalty after running Lando Norris off the track.

Lap 8/23

15:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

Box office from Ferrari! Leclerc and Sainz in a real battle for second, all while Vertstappen enjoys a rather easy time of it out in front!

Stunning overtaking from Sergio Perez going into turn 3. He’s now up to seventh, while George Russell is in fourth.

Lap 6/23

15:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

A Ferrari battle!

Sainz and Leclerc battling it out behind Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver adding half-a-second to his lead on the latter.

Lap 4/23

15:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Yet more issues for McLaren this weekend, with Lando Norris run off track!

Verstappen leads Leclerc by two seconds, although the Ferrrari driver has just recoreded the fastest lap.

Lap 1/23

15:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

1/23: - Sainz put some pressure on Verstappen but the Red Bul driver is backed in command.

Leclerc now follows, while there are real problems for Lewis Hamilton and a collission with Gasly.


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Verstappen gets away well!

More early problems!

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Poor old Fernando Alonso

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A retirement is likley...

Slightly delayed start

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Bad news for Fernando Alosno!

15:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Not a great start before lights out for Alpine, with Alonso’s tyre blankets still on...

Less than 5 minutes to go!

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Sitting comfortably?

The frantic 24-lap mini-race is now less than five minutes away in Austria!

Lewis Hamilton truly believes in 2022 world title win

15:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Lewis Hamilton “truly believes” Mercedes will win a Formula One race this year - but says the Austrian Grand Prix will likely be out of reach.

The seven-time world champion has not won around Red Bull Ring since 2016, his only F1 victory at the circuit, but does come into the weekend’s race off the back of consecutive podiums.

Read the full story here!


Verstappen’s army!

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Max Verstappen is a very popular man in Austria...

Just over 20 minutes to go!

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Getting closer

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Final practice times

14:59 , George Flood

And here are the final times from FP2 at the Red Bull Ring:

1 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Ferrari 1min 08.610secs

2 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:08.660

3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:08.778

4 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:08.832

5 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:08.848

6 Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:09.179

7 George Russell (Gbr) Mercedes 1:09.240

8 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.251

9 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:09.350

10 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:09.519

11 Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:09.525

12 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:09.579

13 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:09.602

14 Guanyu Zhou (Chn) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:09.665

15 Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 1:09.700

16 Alexander Albon (Tha) Williams 1:09.740

17 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:09.852

18 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:09.960

19 Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:10.005

20 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:10.261

Watch: Hamilton crashes in qualifying

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Sprint race grid in full

14:42 , George Flood

Here’s the grid in full for today’s sprint race, which is now less than an hour away!

1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull

2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

3) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

4) George Russell, Mercedes

5) Esteban Ocon, Alpine

6) Kevin Magnussen, Haas

7) Mick Schumacher Haas

8) Fernando Alonso, Alpine

9)Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

10) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri

11) Alex Albon, Williams

12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo

13) Sergio Perez, Red Bull

14) Yuki Tsunoda, Alpha Tauri

15) Lando Norris, McLaren

16) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

17) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

18) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

19) Nicholas Latifi, Williams

20) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

Sainz leads Ferrari one-two in practice

14:34 , George Flood

Carlos Sainz led a Ferrari one-two in FP2 a little earlier, recording the session’s fastest time at one minute 08.610 seconds.

That was 0.050 secs quicker than Scuderia team-mate Charles Leclerc, with Max Verstappen a further 0.168 secs behind.

Next came the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, with Sergio Perez sixth quickest.

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Perez demoted to 13th for track limits breach

14:09 , George Flood

Sergio Perez also endured a difficult day for Red Bull on Friday.

After taking second place at Silverstone last weekend, the Mexican qualified in fourth for today’s sprint race but later dropped to 13th after being retrospectively punished by the stewards for leaving the track without a justifiable reason.

Perez saw all his lap times from Q3 and his final lap from Q2 all deleted, leaving him with much work to do.

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14:02 , George Flood

It is key that Mercedes managed to salvage Hamilton’s power unit, meaning he will not incur a grid penalty.

Both Silver Arrows had their gearboxes changed, but those came out of permitted allocations.

“We have swapped Lewis to the spare chassis owing to right-hand side damage from the accident,” Mercedes said in a statement.

“Floors and wings have been repaired and/or swapped and power units have been thoroughly checked and nothing replaced.”

Both Mercedes cars back on track in FP2

13:51 , George Flood

FP2 has not long finished at the Red Bull Ring, with Mercedes impressively able to get both cars back on the track.

Hamilton’s W13 required a chassis change, floor and wing repairs plus power unit checks, with the seven-time world champion eventually emerging with 14 minutes remaining.

Mercedes said their team worked for three hours last night and again this morning to get the damage fixed for both drivers.

Russell was seventh quickest in the second practice session, with Hamilton running in ninth.

Hamilton and Russell both crash in qualifying

13:47 , George Flood

Yesterday was not a good day for Mercedes, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton leaving the team’s engineers facing a long night after both crashing during the latter stages of qualifying.

Hamilton lost the back end at Turn Seven and went over the gravel, smashing into a barrier before Russell then span out at Turn 10, careeing over the run-off area before colliding with the wall.

Russell ended up fourth on the sprint grid, but Hamilton is down in ninth just when it appeared that his fortunes were definitely changing for the better.

“I’m incredibly disappointed in myself,” said Hamilton. “I’m so sorry to the team, everyone worked so hard to put this car together and I never like to damage it, bring it back damaged.

“We were fighting for top three, I think. I don’t have an answer for it. I just lost the back end and that was that.”


Verstappen edges Leclerc to sprint race pole

13:38 , George Flood

Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen will start on pole position for Saturday’s sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen edged out Charles Leclerc by just 0.029 seconds in qualifying on Friday. It was Verstappen’s third pole on the bounce at the Red Bull Ring.

Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz, who took his first Formula One win less than a week ago at Silverstone, will start third on Saturday in a race that determines the starting grid for Sunday’s grand prix.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell triggered a tense final two minutes of action after bringing out red flags in quick succession during the decisive final phase.

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How to watch sprint race

13:35 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s sprint race will be broadcast live on Sky Sports’ dedicated F1 channel, with coverage beginning at 2:30pm BST.

Live stream: Subscribers can also watch the action unfold live online via Sky Go.

Welcome to Austrian GP sprint race LIVE coverage!

13:31 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix!

Today's frantic, 24-lap mini-race is sure to be box-office viewing and will decide the grid positions for tomorrow's main event at the Red Bull Ring.

Max Verstappen is back on pole position after edging the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in qualifying yesterday, with George Russell fourth despite crashing along with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who begins down in ninth.

There was even more frustration for Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who was retrospectively demoted down to 13th place for leaving the track without a justifiable reason.

Stay tuned for live build-up and updates from today's sprint race, which is scheduled for a 3:30pm BST start time.

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