Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Latest F1 Updates and Red Bull Ring Start Time Preparation



<p> Max Verstappen leads the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position </p>
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Max Verstappen leads the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position

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Sir Lewis Hamilton has work to do to climb to the forefront both in this race and in the season standings, with the Mercedes driver starting fourth in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Max Verstappen has an 18-point lead heading into the ninth race of the season at the Red Bull Ring and starts on pole, having finished just 0.048 seconds ahead of Lando Norris in qualifying – the 21-year-old McLaren driver taking his high – never placed on the starting grid with this second place.

Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, is third ahead of Hamilton, whose own teammate Valtteri Bottas starts sixth.

Hamilton doesn’t expect to pass the checkered flag in first place and appeared pessimistic about closing the gap with Verstappen, suggesting he will have an ‘easy’ time in Austria.

“Is a victory out of the question?” I would say so, ”Hamilton said. “In terms of pure rhythm, it’s definitely out of the question. It will be an easy cruising victory for Max. I have to at least get ahead of Perez and try to limit the damage. It will be even more difficult than last week. We have tried everything to get the most out of the car but we continue to lack pace. We really have to find performance in the following races. ” Follow the preparation and race for the Austrian Grand Prix here:

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Walk through the pits now.

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:23 PM

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Leclerc overtakes Perez! Wonderful driving of the Ferrari man.

He passes the Red Bull driver, then stops on a bend to let Perez come back in front, only to put him inside!

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:22 PM

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The gas pits and will fall to the 18th for the time being.

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:20 PM

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These first four are all on medium tires. The next four are soft, and the ninth and 10th are medium.

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:18 PM

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Ten laps down, and this is what the top 10 looks like:

A big fall for Perez after failing in a battle with Norris.

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:15 PM

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The safety car is off track and we resume on the third lap!

Verstappen still leads, of course, ahead of Norris.

Perez is in the gravel after trying to force himself around the Briton!

“He pushed me away,” Perez says. Not sure about that …

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:09 PM

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Ocon was caught at turn three. A horrible time for him in Austria this last fortnight.

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:07 PM

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Hamilton is immediately third! He passes his teammate Bottas and is right behind Perez!

Ocon is already in the gravel and we have a safety car! “I went out, guys. That’s it. ****. “

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:04 PM

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CURFEW

The Austrian Grand Prix is ​​on its way!

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 2:03 PM

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T-minus 10 minutes!

We are 10 minutes from the start of the race, and there is a buzz around the track in Styria, where 60,000 fans are present.

Will Max Verstappen win back-to-back victories in Austria?

Alex PattleJuly 4, 2021 1:49 PM

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