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Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole again, Norris stars

 


Max Verstappen claimed his second pole position in a row for the Styrian GP as the Red Bull driver maintained his championship momentum ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the team’s home track.

Hamilton set the third-quickest time of qualifying behind Valtteri Bottas but will start alongside Verstappen on the front row in second due to a three-place grid penalty for his Mercedes team-mate for spinning in the pit lane on Friday.

Lando Norris, enjoying a stunning season, starred again for McLaren to take what becomes third on the grid for Sunday’s race, with the Briton outpacing the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Norris lapped just 0.053s slower than Hamilton, whereas McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was knocked out in Q2 and starts 13th.

Bottas, meanwhile, will drop from second to fifth on Sunday’s grid.

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