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F1 starting grid: Max Verstappen claims pole position with sprint race win for Austrian Grand Prix

We’ll update the sprint race results until the full racing grid is set for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 08, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images

Final results: Max Verstappen led wire-to-wire and won the sprint race. He claims the pole position for Sunday’s race and also gains the eight points that come with the sprint win. Charles Leclerc finished second and Carlos Sainz finished third. George Russell, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen, and Lewis Hamilton also claimed points as top eight finishers.

Halfway update: The drivers are on lap 12 of 23 and Max Verstappen remains at the front of the pack with a nearly 3 second lead. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz follow in second and third, respectively.

Aborted start update: The sprint race was all set to get going just after 10:30 a.m. ET, but the started was aborted after Fernando Alonso and Guanyu Zhou had issues getting going. It was rather odd and so they restarted the whole thing before they could even get a lap in. Alonso was unable to return and will start in the 20th position on Sunday.

Formula One racing has arrived in Spielberg, Austria this weekend for the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, getting underway at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior, a sprint race will take place at 10:25 a.m. ET, also airing on ESPN2. The race is 100 kilometers, which is roughly a third the length of Sunday’s race. The sprint race will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. The starting grid for the sprint race was settled on Friday in traditional qualifying.

Max Verstappen claimed the pole position for Saturday’s sprint and is followed by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Verstappen is -225 to win the sprint race, followed by Leclerc at +250 and Sainz at +650.

Below is the full starting grid for Saturday’s Sprint qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix. We’ll provide updates with the results and the updated starting grid for Sunday’s race.

2022 Austrian Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver Car # Manufacturer
Pos Driver Car # Manufacturer
1 Max Verstappen 1 RBPT
2 Charles Leclerc 16 Ferrari
3 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 55 Ferrari
4 George Russell 63 Mercedes
5 Sergio Pérez 11 RBPT
6 Esteban Ocon 31 Renault
7 Kevin Magnussen 20 Ferrari
8 Lewis Hamilton 44 Mercedes
9 Mick Schumacher 47 Ferrari
10 Valtteri Bottas 77 Ferrari
11 Lando Norris 4 Mercedes
12 Daniel Ricciardo 3 Mercedes
13 Lance Stroll 18 Mercedes
14 Guanyu Zhou 24 Ferrari
15 Pierre Gasly 10 RBPT
16 Alexander Albon 23 Mercedes
17 Yuki Tsunoda 22 RBPT
18 Nicholas Latifi 6 Mercedes
19 Sebastian Vettel 5 Mercedes
20 Fernando Alonso 14 Renault