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2022 Austrian Sprint report and highlights: Verstappen leads battling Ferraris for Sprint victory and P1 grid spot for the Austrian GP

Max Verstappen received the F1 Dash on the Crimson Bull Ring, beating the dueling Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, as he cruised to victory and secured a P1 begin for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen aced qualifying on Friday night, in a session that noticed each Mercedes crash out in Q3, after which Crimson Bull staff mate Sergio Perez was bumped all the way down to P13 on the grid for this Dash. This new-for-2022 Dash format awards factors to the highest eight as a substitute of the highest three.

Yellow flags got here out on the formation lap when Fernando Alonso’s Alpine didn’t get off the grid – forcing him out of the race – earlier than Zhou Guanyu’s temporary stoppage on the closing nook approaching the grid prompted a second formation lap and compelled the Alfa Romeo driver to begin from the pits. The opposite 18 automobiles navigated a haze of orange smoke to lastly start a Dash of 23 laps somewhat than 24.

The highest 10 began on medium tires, solely 4 drivers having opted for softs. From pole, Verstappen loved a speedy begin and shut the door on Leclerc, who tried a go down his right-hand facet – briefly giving Sainz P2 at his staff mate’s expense earlier than the Monegasque hit again.

Sainz and Leclerc went at it once more on Lap 6 whereas Verstappen stretched his result in effectively over two seconds, Sainz’s makes an attempt to go at Turns 2 and three on the next lap closed off by Leclerc’s dogged defending. The British GP winner dropped again and shortly Leclerc constructed a spot to his staff mate.

Verstappen would proceed to steer comfortably and finally received by 1.6 seconds over Leclerc, who started to shut in on the very finish.


Crimson Bull Racing








Crimson Bull Racing


George Russell began and completed fourth for Mercedes, whereas Perez battled from thirteenth to fifth, the Mexican gaining 5 spots within the opening six laps, the subsequent two off the Haas drivers by Lap 10 and one other off Alpine’s Esteban Ocon on Lap 12 – although Russell carried out too distant to catch.

With the Haas pair protecting Lewis Hamilton at bay for a lot of the race, Ocon ended up a snug sixth. Hamilton, who was squeezed into Flip 1 and tapped the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly (P15) right into a spin, labored his method again into the highest 10 and spent the second half of the race stalking the Haas pair, his makes an attempt to go yielding no outcomes till he lastly acquired the higher of Mick Schumacher at Flip 4 on Lap 22.

The seven-time champion could not catch Kevin Magnussen, the Dane ending seventh and forward of the Silver Arrow.

Valtteri Bottas was handed for P9 by Hamilton early on and caught up when the Haas drivers stalled Mercedes’ progress, however ended up tenth total for Alfa Romeo behind Schumacher.

Dash Highlights: 2022 Austrian Grand Prix

After a troublesome qualifying session, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo inched in direction of the highest 10 within the Dash, the Briton ending forward of his Australian staff mate regardless of operating large in an earlier try and go Alex Albon.

The Williams driver was given a five-second penalty for forcing Norris off observe on Lap 4, ending thirteenth on the flag however being bumped all the way down to P16 to the advantage of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll (P13) and Zhou (P14) within the Alfa Romeo .

Gasly completed behind Albon however was promoted to P15 on the flag, with Yuki Tsunoda ending up P17 on a troublesome day for AlphaTauri.

Sebastian Vettel was the second retiree having been tapped right into a spin by Albon at Flip 6, which left him final – Aston Martin bringing him into the pits to exit late on with automobile injury.

With Dash victory, Verstappen begins P1 for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix as he hopes to comb the weekend and hold the raucous Crimson Bull Ring crowd on their toes.

Key quote

“It was nice to see [the fans] – numerous smoke on the finish there with all of the orange, but it surely was alright. I feel an honest race, we had an excellent tempo from the start and I feel after that we have been very intently matched. So it was good. It was like a Dash ought to go. Fairly flat-out!” stated Dash winner Verstappen.

“After all [the Ferraris] have been additionally combating slightly bit, so I had a little bit of a spot, after which after that, we have been fairly comparable in tempo. So I do count on tomorrow, it will be a really fascinating battle once more. After all the race tomorrow goes to be lots longer, so it will be tough on tires.”

Key second

Sergio Perez’s gorgeous begin was the important thing second as, from thirteenth on the grid, he begins fifth for the Dash and now has an opportunity to assist staff mate Max Verstappen on the entrance – or maybe even pry the lead off his staff mate…

Greatest movers

Alonso was set to begin eighth for the Dash however his DNF – a DNS, actually – places him twentieth for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Albon and Gasly misplaced six locations apiece on a troublesome Saturday.

Ricciardo and Norris made up 4 locations every however Perez made up probably the most locations, eight, as he shot from his P13 grid slot (P12 after Alonso had been withdrawn) to P5 on the flag.

What’s subsequent?

The Austrian Grand Prix begins at 1500 native time on Sunday, Verstappen set to steer away after taking P1 within the Dash and increasing his benefit within the drivers’ championship. Go to our RACE HUB to see when and the place you may watch Sunday’s motion.

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