Formula 1: Max Verstappen got his third straight pole in Austria and Lando Norris gave the surprise

Formula 1: Max Verstappen got his third straight pole in Austria and Lando Norris gave the surprise

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Formula 1: Max Verstappen got his third straight pole in Austria and Lando Norris gave the surprise

The Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the Formula 1 World Championship, will start first this Sunday in the Austrian Grand Prix, the ninth of the championship and which takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, where his partner, the Mexican Sergio Pérez, will start third.

Verstappen signed the seventh pole of his F1 career by covering the 4,318 meters of the Styrian track in one minute, three seconds and 720 thousandths, only 48 less than the British Lando Norris (McLaren). It is the third consecutive pole for Verstappen that comes from setting the best time in France and Austria.

Czech Pérez, third to 270 thousandths, will start from the second row next to the sevenfold English champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), fourth, almost three tenths behind the Dutch.

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen. REUTERS / Christian Bruna