F1 2022 results: Austrian Grand Prix – Sprint Qualifying (Red Bull Ring)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has won the Sprint Qualifying race in Austria, ahead of the two Ferraris.

Max Verstappen has won the 23-lap Sprint Qualifying race at the Red Bull Ring, meaning he’ll start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from the front.

Verstappen started from pole position, and withstood a strong start from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to assume the lead on the first lap. With Leclerc squabbling with Carlos Sainz in the early laps, Verstappen quickly established a commanding position and went unchallenged until the chequered flag.

Leclerc finished second to ensure a front-row start, with Sainz set for a third-place grid slot ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez recovered to fifth place from his 13th place grid slot, while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was sixth at the chequered flag.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso retired after failing to make the start of the race, due to a suspected electrical issue that saw him stranded on the grid with his tyre blankets left on, while Aston Martin withdrew Sebastian Vettel – the German driver was involved in a collision with Williams’ Alex Albon. The British-Thai racer was given a time penalty for the collision.

One of the highlights of the race was an extended battle between the Haas of Mick Schumacher and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Schumacher was able to stay within a second of teammate Kevin Magnussen, giving him the DRS to defend against the attacking Hamilton – the Mercedes man finally won out in the closing laps.

Read our full report on what happened during the Sprint Qualifying race from the Red Bull Ring.

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