Ferrari’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz, winner of the British Grand Prix last week, outperformed all of his rivals in the final practice lap for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday, while team-mate Charles Leclerc of Monaco took second place for the sprint that sets the starting order for tomorrow. the race, later today.
Sainz, who will start third today in the sprint behind the Dutchman Max Verstappen in Red Bull and Leclerc, set the fastest lap at Red Bull, namely one minute 08.610 seconds.
Leclerc finished second with 0.050 seconds, while Verstappen finished third with 0.168 seconds.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso, driver of the Alpine Kings for Renault, and his French colleague Esteban Ocon finished fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez, who finished sixth in Red Bull.
Perez will start today’s sprint from 13th place after his last lap time was canceled for exceeding the track limits.
The Mercedes team returned to the track and competition after British drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell suffered two accidents during qualifying on Friday, requiring major repairs to both cars.
Russell set the seventh fastest time of the day, while Hamilton finished ninth in the lap.
Russell will start the sprint from fourth place, while seven-time world champion Hamilton will start from ninth place.
After the first 10 races of the 22 race season, reigning champion Verstappen tops the drivers list, 34 points ahead of his teammate Perez, who is in second place, and 43 points ahead of Leclerc, who is third on the list.
Verstappen is looking to return to the top of the podium after Sainz’s victory in the British Grand Prix last week halted Red Bull’s six-race winning streak.