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Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: F1 latest updates as Max Verstappen leads from pole at Red Bull Ring

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Max Verstappen out in front for Red Bull

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Max Verstappen out in front for Red Bull

Sir Lewis Hamilton has work to do to get himself to the front both in this race and in the seasons standings, with the Mercedes driver starting in fourth at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Max Verstappen has an 18-point lead heading into the ninth race of the season at the Red Bull Ring and starts in pole, after finishing just 0.048 seconds clear of Lando Norris in qualifying – with the 21-year-old McLaren driver taking his highest-ever placing on the start grid with that second place.

Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate, is on third ahead of Hamilton, whose own team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts sixth.

Hamilton isn’t expecting to pass the chequered flag in first place and sounded pessimistic about closing the gap to Verstappen, suggesting he’ll have an “easy” time of things in Austria.

“Is a win out of the question? I would say so,” Hamilton said. “In terms of pure pace, it is definitely out of the question. It will be an easy cruise win for Max. I have to get ahead of at least Perez and try to limit the damage. It will be even more of a challenge than it was last week. We have tried everything to get more out of the car but we continue to lack pace. We have really got to find performance in the following races.” Follow the build-up and race at the Austrian Grand Prix here:

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Third-placed Bottas has been told not to overtake Hamilton in second.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 15:00
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The battle between Leclerc and Perez resumes at the same corner where the latter was punished a couple of laps ago!

A turn or two later, Leclerc is into the gravel AGAIN as he tries to get past! Another punishment to come for Perez?

“Come on! He’s going to ********.” Not quite sure what Leclerc said there, thanks to Sky Sports’ censoring, but he clearly wasn’t happy…

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 15:00
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Gasly pits for the second time today. We’re 46 laps down, with 25 to go.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:58
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Leclerc is reassured by Ferrari that his car is okay following that coming-together with Perez.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:57
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This time it’s Perez who forces an opponent go into the gravel!

Leclerc is the victim! “What a *****. Did he break anything on my car?”

A reminder that Perez was forced into the gravel by Norris earlier in the race, and Norris received a five-second penalty.

That was an unfortunate punishment for the Briton. This was a similar incident, though, so Perez may too be penalised…

And yes! There’s the penalty.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:54
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At 39 laps, Sainz’s tyres are the oldest in this race.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:51
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Russell overtakes Stroll to go 13th!

Meanwhile, Ricciardo – in seventh – is told by McLaren “do your thing” as he looks to get past Gasly.

Not this time.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:49
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Can anyone catch this man?

We’re over halfway through this race and he’s still well ahead.

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Max Verstappen out in front for Red Bull

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Max Verstappen out in front for Red Bull

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:48
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Verstappen, still well out in front, will be next into the pits.

Hamilton, Bottas and Norris (in second, third and fourth) have all now pitted, the Red Bull driver is told – now it’s his turn.

Alex Pattle4 July 2021 14:42
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Hamilton is told by Mercedes to come into the pits.

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