Styrian Grand Prix 2021: Max Verstappen Clinches Pole Position in Qualifying Session in Red Bull’s Home Country

Max Verstappen will be starting on pole position tomorrow at the Styrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton starting second, followed by Lando Norris, who gave an exceptional performance today.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen managed to take the pole for the second week in a row at the Styrian Grand Prix 2021, as he secured a pole position at the French Grand Prix as well. He had the fastest time in the qualifying as he breached the 1:03 mark with a time of 1:03.841 to take the pole position. The Red Bull driver hopes to continue his winning streak from last week’s French GP as he will be starting in the first row tomorrow.

While Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas clocked the second fastest in the qualifying round, he will be starting 5th due to the three place penalty he got yesterday. This means that Lewis Hamilton, who finished third with a time of 1:04.067, will be starting in P2 tomorrow giving Verstappen tough competition.

“We go into the race tomorrow for a fight.”- says Hamilton about Verstappen at the Styrian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Many cars were jostling for the pole positions in the final corners of the qualifying race. Hamilton moved past through 4 cars, but faltered at the end as he went wide allowing Bottas to take second place. Hamilton was already 0.2s down on Verstappen through sector one of his hot lap and 0.4s down after two, ensuring that he would not be getting the pole position today.

Hamilton will be starting second on the grid, followed by Lando Norris who finished a brilliant fourth but will be starting third on the grid. The other Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, finished fifth, and will be starting fourth at the Grand Prix tomorrow.

Alpha Taurai’s Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari will take the sixth and seventh positions respectively.  Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll will round off the top 10 at the Styrian Grand Prix tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton, in the after interview with Sky Sports said, “Well done to Max. They have ben so fast this weekend. I’ve been giving it absolutely everything, not the greatest of second [runs], but nonetheless it’s still on the front row after the penalty. We go into the race tomorrow for a fight.”

Verstappen said in the after interview that it was nice to see a Red Bull car starting in pole position in their home city. When asked about tomorrow’s race he said, “I’m sure again tomorrow it will be very tight. Hopefully as interesting as in France.”

Red Bull and Mercedes will once again go head to head in an exciting race at the Styrian Grand Prix tomorrow.

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