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Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: UK start time, schedule, sprint qualifying and driver standings – Max Verstappen wins sprint race and starts on pole for Red Bull’s home race


Jul 2, 2023
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: UK start time, schedule, sprint qualifying and driver standings – Max Verstappen wins sprint race and starts on pole for Red Bull's home race


Max Verstappen looks set to dominate another F1 weekend as he claimed pole at the Austrian Grand Prix and won the sprint race.

The Dutch driver was in total control at Red Bull’s home race and has set himself up for yet another win.

Verstappen has been almost unstoppable this season


Verstappen has been almost unstoppable this seasonCredit: Getty

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Red Bull have won all eight races comfortably so far this year, with Verstappen extending his lead in the drivers’ championship.

But Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez is struggling and starts 15th today, although he came second in the sprint race.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are likely to be Verstappen’s closest competitors, starting second and third.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is fifth and his Mercedes teammate George Russell is 11th.

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Austrian Grand Prix: Date and UK start time

The race weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria is scheduled for Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2.

There will be one practice session starting at 12:30pm UK time before Friday’s qualifying gets underway at 4pm.

The second Sprint Shootout of the season begins at 11am on Saturday, before the Sprint race takes place at 3.30pm.

Lights out for Sunday’s Grand Prix will be at 2pm.

Austrian Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream

Coverage will be on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend and their build-up to Sunday’s race will begin on Sky Sports Main Event at 12:30pm.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will broadcast highlights later in the evening.

talkSPORT’s Fern Buckley will also have live updates from Austria.

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To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Hamilton is now consistently fighting for podiums after Mercedes' upgrades


Hamilton is now consistently fighting for podiums after Mercedes’ upgradesCredit: Getty

Austrian Grand Prix: Starting grid

  • 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
  • 2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
  • 3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
  • 4 Lando Norris McLaren
  • 5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
  • 6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
  • 7 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin
  • 8 Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team
  • 9 Pierre Gasly Alpine
  • 10 Alexander Albon Williams
  • 11 George Russell Mercedes
  • 12 Esteban Ocon Alpine
  • 13 Oscar Piastri McLaren
  • 14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
  • 15 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing
  • 16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
  • 17 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
  • 18 Logan Sargeant Williams
  • 19 Kevin Magnussen Haas
  • 20 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri

Austrian Grand Prix: What has been said?

Verstappen has responded to claims that Red Bull could become the first team in history win every race in a single season.

He told Forbes: “It doesn’t really matter what people are saying from the outside. You have to just focus on what you can control and that’s within the team and with the car, and that’s what we’re doing.

“Of course we had a really good start to the year and of course we’d really like to keep that going, but sometimes it can also be a bit out of your hands what is happening throughout the weekend.

“It’s a very long season and it’s all about trying to maximise the result every single weekend.”

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Austrian Grand Prix: Driver standings

Driver / Car / Points 

  1. Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 203
  2. Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 133
  3. Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin / 121
  4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes / 102
  5. Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 74
  6. George Russell / Mercedes / 66
  7. Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 54
  8. Lance Stroll / Aston Martin / 42
  9. Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 31
  10. Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 15
  11. Lando Norris / McLaren / 12
  12. Nico Hulkenberg / Haas / 9
  13. Alexander Albon / Williams / 7
  14. Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 5
  15. Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 5
  16. Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 4
  17. Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 2
  18. Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 2
  19. Nyck De Vries / Alphatauri / 0
  20. Logan Sargeant / Williams / 0

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