Verstappen leads defending champion Hamilton by 12 points going into Red Bull’s home race and secured pole in Saturday’s qualifying session, with Hamilton only second on the grid because team-mate Valtteri Bottas was hit with a three-place penalty for bizarrely spinning in the pit lane during practice on Friday.
Briton Lando Norris is promoted to third for McLaren, ahead of Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
An irate Verstappen had accused Hamilton of ruining his attempts to set the fastest lap in FP3 earlier on Saturday, saying over the team radio: “Of course he is in my way, every time.”
“It has been a very good weekend,” said Verstappen - who was also quickest in the first two practice sessions on Friday - after sealing pole for the second successive race.
“Again in qualifying the car was good to drive. It is not easy to deal with the traffic to get a clean run but the first lap in Q3 was good enough in the end.
“I am super happy to be on pole at Red Bull’s home race. It will be very tight tomorrow. It is never easy and hopefully it will be as interesting as it was last weekend in France.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton is hoping that the elements could help Mercedes try and reel in the quicker Verstappen.
“Max has had a quarter of a second on us all weekend,” said the seven-time world champion. “I don’t think we have the raw pace to overtake him, that’s for sure. We might just be able to keep up.
“I go into the race for a fight and I will be giving it everything. Maybe we will get a surprise. Maybe it will rain.”
Here’s all the information you need to tune in this weekend...
When is the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
The Styrian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place today - Sunday, June 27, 2021 - at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.
What time is the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
The first two practice sessions took place on Friday, with FP3 and qualifying following on Saturday.
The race itself gets underway at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
How can I watch the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix?
TV channel: Today’s race will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports’ Main Event and F1 channels.
The race coverage starts at 12.30pm BST on F1 and 1.55pm on Main Event.
Live stream: Subscribers can stream the action LIVE via the SkyGo website and app.
Qualifying result in full
1 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1min 03.841secs
2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:04.035 *
3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:04.067
4 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:04.120
5 Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 1:04.168
6 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:04.236
7 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:04.472
8 Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:04.514
9 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 1:04.574
10 Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 1:04.708
11 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:04.671
12 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari 1:04.800
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 1:04.808
14 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 1:04.875
15 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:04.913
16 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:05.175
17 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 1:05.217
18 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:05.429
19 Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F1 1:06.041
20 Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas F1 1:06.192
*Three-place grid penalty for spinning in the pit lane.