Championship leader Max Verstappen cruised to victory in the sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix, earning pole position for Sunday’s race.

The leader of the championship Max Verstappen achieved victory in Austrian Grand Prix sprint race on Saturday afternoon.

Having only finished seventh in last week’s British Grand Prix, Verstappen was under pressure to respond at the first opportunity.

With Sunday’s Grand Prix grid decided by the second sprint race of the season, the Dutchman was given the chance to reassert his dominance over the 23-lap race.

The Red Bull the driver faced minimal problems in collecting the maximum eight points, staying ahead in the first two turns and facing no pressure from Ferrari steam behind him.

As a result, Verstappen finished 1.6 seconds ahead Charles Leclercwho got the upper hand Carlos Sainz Jr after his teammate’s win at Silverstone.

Mercedes driver George Russell finished Saturday’s race in fourth position, not close enough to the top three to challenge for the podium, but far enough ahead that his place on the second row on Sunday was never in doubt.

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Most of the action took place behind the front four, Sergio Perez possibly driver of the day after climbing eight places from 13th on the grid to fifth in his Red Bull.

Alpine Esteban Ocan ended up in sixth place, helped him Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton fighting for the last two points behind him.

Magnussen successfully held on in seventh place, while Hamilton eventually overtook Schumacher in the closing stages to finish the race in eighth place.

It was disappointing for the Alpine colleague Fernando Alonsowho was unable to start the race due to tire problems before the opening lap.

In terms of the championship, Verstappen now leads team-mate Perez by 38 points, while Leclerc is 6 points further back in third.

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