The onus falls on Ferrari to stop Max Verstappen’s winning streak in today’s Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg after the defending world champion soared to victory in the sprint race.
At a Red Bull Ring doused in orange where the fans are firmly in favour of the home team and their star driver, this could well be another case of a Formula One race in 2023 going the way of Verstappen. The Anglo-Austrian squad have won every race this season with a fifth consecutive victory in the Dutchman’s crosshairs from pole position.
Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz complete the front three on today’s F1 grid after Friday’s qualifying, with Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton following through. Sergio Perez is back in 15th as he looks to revive what has been a pretty miserable weekend so far, including upsetting Verstappen in the sprint. Follow the latest news, updates and overtakes from the Austrian Grand Prix live via our race blog!
Austrian Grand Prix: Lap 2/71
Debris at Turn 1 is being cleared by marshalls but not clear yet who distributed it.
And that is the halt to racing very early on.
Tsunoda is damaged and gets back to the pits.
AlphaTauri goes off!
Tsunoda runs wide at Turn 4 and into the gravel!
Austrian Grand Prix: Lap 1/71
Hamilton gets Norris on Turn 1 and looks into Sainz as Leclerc looks at Verstappen… but the Red Bull gets away in first place!
The Austrian Grand Prix is GO GO GO!
Orange flares light up the sky
Charles Leclerc won around Red Bull Ring last year – in Ferrari’s most recent victory in F1.
Can Max Verstappen reclaim their rights over the Austrian circuit?
Time for a run around Red Bull Ring before we get this grand prix underway.
Off come the tyre blankets…
With a bit of cloud in the sky but no immediate threat of rain, we’re on dry tyres for the start in Spielberg.
Medium tyres are bolted onto the front six with Fernando Alonso to go long on the Hards in seventh.