F1 Styrian Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Hamilton edges out Verstappen in FP3 at Red Bull Ring

THE F1 roadshow is in Austria this weekend for the Styrian Grand Prix.

Champ Lewis Hamilton currently sits 12 points behind Max Verstappen in a thrilling title race.

But the Brit has given himself a psychological boost over the Dutchman by edging him out in FP3.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    FP3 LIVE RESULTS

    As explained below, Lewis Hamilton topped Max Verstappen in FP3.

    Valtteri Bottas finished third, ahead of Sergio Perez and Yuki Tsunoda.

    More below:

  • Ben Hunt

    FP3 IS DONE HAMILTON TOPS VERSTAPPEN

    The world champion is on P1 while Verstappen is second quickest, and had a lap deleted for exceeding track limits.

    Bottas in third place and Perez in fourt. It is all delicately poised for qualifying.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAAS DUO SOME WAY APART

    Mick Schumacher is in 16th yet Nakita Mazepin is last. The Russian is struggling again.

     

  • Ben Hunt

    A LACK OF PACE FOR McLAREN

    Norris is down in 19th and Ricciardo in 17th. Are they holding back? They have looked strong all season, until now.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON GOES QUICKEST

    The Brit makes the use of those new tyres to go P1. Bottas now in P2. Verstappen in P3. Leclerc in P4.

  • Ben Hunt

    18 MINUTES TO GO

    And it is Verstappen vrs Hamilton again. The Dutchman leads the way from the world champion.

    Hamilton now out on a new set of soft tyres. Let's see how quick he can go.

  • Ben Hunt

    ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP

    Verstappen now leads Gasly. Honda power in one and two.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS MAKING UP FOR HIS SPIN

    The Finn has his foot to the floor and top of the timesheets.

  • Ben Hunt

    45 MINUTES LEFT

    The big teams are yet to show their hand, so it is Fernando Alonso who leads the way in his Alpine from his teammate, Esteban Ocon.

  • Ben Hunt

    CONDITIONS IN AUSTRIA

    All bright and sunny in Spielberg.

  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON ADMITS RED BULL ARE THE FAVOURITES

    He said: "We don't know how quick they [Red Bull] are going to be when they turn that engine up.

    "I am losing a lot of time on the straights."

    The engine conspiracy theory is not going away.

  • Ben Hunt

    GREEN LIGHT – FINAL PRACTICE IS UNDERWAY

    And it is a busy track at The Red Bull Ring.

  • Ben Hunt

    RUSSIAN ROULETTE

    News this morning from F1. The Russian Grand Prix will move from Sochi to the Autodrom Igora Drive in St Petersburg from 2023.

    At least that is a proper race track…

  • Ben Hunt

    HOT OR BOT?

    A reminder that Valtteri Bottas will have a three-place grid penalty for spinning in the pitlane in FP2.

    The under pressure Finn is enduring a miserable time at the moment.

  • Ben Hunt

    10 MINUTES TO FP3

    Final tweaks to the cars ahead of qualifying. Lewis Hamilton was quickest in FP2 only to have his time deleted for exceeding track limits.

    So Max Verstappen topped FP1 and FP2 as the Red Bull man continues to throw down the gauntlet.

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAMILTON REACTS

    Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton insists he is not on the ropes going into the Styrian Grand Prix.

    Hamilton said: "I think one of my laps got taken away and it was a lot closer, so yes, it’s close.

    “As I said particularly in the race pace, they were really, really strong and they’re punching – they’re throwing some really good punches right now – so we’ve just got to have our guards up, you know? And make sure we’re ready for the return.

    “I will do everything I can during the evening to make the right steps in the right direction but generally, kind of eking most of it out of the car and I think – I don’t know if it’s a four-tenths gap – we’ll see what happens tomorrow"

  • Kostas Lianos

    FAN-DEMONIUM

    Silverstone will welcome a capacity crowd for this year's British Grand Prix, as SunSport first revealed earlier this month.

    Around 400,000 Formula One fans are expected over four days after the race was included as part of the Government's pilot scheme for large-scale events.

    Managing Director of Silverstone, Stuart Pringle, said: "This is something we have all been working towards for months and I cannot wait to welcome a full capacity crowd back to Silverstone this July.

    "Many of our fans rolled their tickets over from 2020 but they are now well placed to enjoy what is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer.

    "My thanks go to the Culture Secretary and his team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their tireless efforts on behalf of the sports sector.

    "But also the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and the teams in No.10 and the Cabinet Office for recognising what an amazing, safe opportunity the British Grand Prix offers to show the world how Britain has dragged itself back on track following the fight against the pandemic"

  • Joe Brophy

    DAN THE MAN

    Daniel Ricciardo has reacted to today's practice…

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  • Joe Brophy

    MERC TO DISCUSS

    Lewis Hamilton has started negotiations with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff over a new deal for next season.

    The 36-year-old is out of contract at the end of the year after only agreeing a 10-month deal in February, worth around £40million.

    The Brit had maintained that he was keeping his options open but has now given a firm indication he wants to continue to fight for championships in 2022.

    When quizzed by SunSport as to whether he had started talks with the team, Hamilton said: "We have begun discussions, and, not a lot to say.

    "It's just that we have had discussions and things are positive."

  • Joe Brophy

    PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Helmut Marko claims Red Bull Racing can go even faster in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix than they did in practice.

    When asked asked if Mercedes fully opened up its engine in qualifying, he told Motorsport-Magazin.com: "We haven't turned it up yet either.

    He added: "The long runs also looked good."

  • Joe Brophy

    DANGEROUS DRIVING

    Valtteri Bottas spun his Mercedes in the pit lane during practice for the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

    He has now been handed a three-place grid drop along with two penalty points on his licence.

    The stewards' verdict said: “When [Bottas] pulled away from his designated pit stop position, he lost control of the car when he turned into the fast lane.

    "He oversteered, spun and came to a stop across the fast lane near the McLaren pits.

    “During the hearing [Bottas] stated that in the past they have been losing time in the pit departure. So they tried something new, which was to leave in second gear.

    "As a result, the wheel spin was much higher and the result unexpected. Therefore he didn’t manage to control the car properly into the fast lane.

    “This has to be considered as potentially dangerous driving, especially as personnel were around in the pit lane.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SPIN OUT

    Valtteri Bottas spun his Mercedes in the pit lane during practice for the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

    Here's a closer look…

  • Joe Brophy

    BOTTING HEADS

    Valtteri Bottas spun his Mercedes in the pit lane during practice for the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

    He said: "Yes, I spun.

    "We tried something different getting out from the box and it was… yes – there were some variables to what we normally do with the wheelspin and that’s why I spun.

    "I would be surprised if there is [a penalty]. It’s a normal mistake, it happens, but yes, I’m sure they’ll understand what happened."

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM BEN HUNT

    1996 champion Damon Hill says the cracks are beginning to show in Mercedes as they come under pressure from Red Bull.

    He told the F1 podcast: "The thing that will become very interesting as we go through this year, is what is going to happen to this harmonious Mercedes team as we get further down the line?

    "We know that Christian… there's no love lost with any of his competitors. He's quite happy to rib them when it goes wrong.

    "I think the Mercedes looked a little bit off balance and a little bit concerned in a way that I've never seen them as a team before."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW CAN'T BE SERIOUS

    Christian Horner has taken a pop at Lewis Hamilton after the F1 champion raised suspicion over whether Max Verstappen's Red Bull was legal.

    Hamilton repeatedly made reference to Red Bull's new Honda engine and their superior "straight-line speed" following Verstappen's win in France.

    F1 rules mean that teams must run the same engine specification all season and cannot perform upgrades.

    That was confirmed by Merc boss Toto Wolff ahead of the Austrian GP, who also admitted their rivals' speed was due to better aerodynamics, prompting a reaction from Horner.

    The Red Bull boss said: "I think Toto has answered it very well and I think that maybe he should explain it to his driver.

    "I listen with interest sometimes to the theories that Lewis has, which are some way from reality.

    "We run less drag, less rear wing, and as a result go quicker down the straights sometimes."

    Mercedes and Red Bull have been at loggerheads this season over the legality of wings and tyre pressures as they both look to exploit holes in the rulebook.

    And the row continues to rumble on, as Red Bull have lobbied the sport's governing body, the FIA, to look into Merc's front wing.

    Verstappen told SunSport: "I do think that when you are checking the rear wing, you should also be checking the front wing.

    "The front wing has a bigger effect on the car. It's up to the FIA now to do these checks, because clearly they have done checks on the rear wings."

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