Hamilton ‘extremely disappointed in himself’ Verstappen crashes out after taking poll

The prelude to Saturday’s sprint race in Spielberg turned out to be a dramatic one, with the Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leading the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Senz.

Hamilton has won one race this season after 10 rounds so far, but it’s best to compete for the pole until he loses control in turn 7.

That crash in the third quarter destroyed his chances of starting a high grid on Saturday and instead the seven-time world champion finished 10th.

Russell raised another red flag for forgetting Mercedes after hitting a hurdle in the last corner one day so he didn’t do much better.

Team boss Toto Wolf told both of them that he “shouldn’t lose himself”, adding: “I have a fast car and I don’t deserve to be in the first four.”

But Hamilton, the fastest at the start of the second quarter, was upset as he could not see work in the Red Bull ring.

“It was a big hit, but I’m fine,” he told Sky Sports. “I am finally disappointed with myself and I am sorry that the team worked so hard to put this car together.

“On the 7th turn I lost the back and that’s what happened. I have been encouraged. I’m definitely excited to see our performance. We didn’t expect it to be so close today.

“It’s a very positive thing from the team but I’m really behind [for the sprint] So I don’t know what’s possible from there. Hopefully I can make up for lost time. “

After Hamilton and Russell crashed, it was time for the final eight laps for the remaining eight drivers.

Leclerc and Sanz seemed ready to claim the Ferrari One-Two, only for Verstappen – who has now taken the last three pole positions on the track – to post a time of 1: 04.984

It was 29,000ths of a second longer than Leclerc, well behind Verstappen over Allen Prost for the most wins in the Austrian GP (three-three).

“There was a lot of waiting between the two runs,” said the Dutchman.

“Also the temperature of the track is decreasing, the wind is changing a bit, but in the end it was a very difficult qualification and arranging everything is a really challenging track.

“There aren’t many corners but you have one hard and easy to make mistakes. I am very happy with the voting but you can also get points tomorrow and Sunday.

“It’s incredible to see the crowd here and see so many oranges. It puts a smile on my face and I hope we can have a great weekend. “

In the weekend action, Worstapen are leading team-mate Sergio Perez by 34 points, while Leclerc is 43 points behind after failing to make a brilliant start to the season.

After leading Verstappen in qualifying for the 24-lap sprint, which sets the grid for the main Grand Prix, Leclerc hopes to do the same in the next two days.

“I just want to race clean,” he said. “There have been five races where I’ve had a little bit of trouble on my side.

“I hope everything will be clear by the end of the week and we can finally get the points we deserve.”

Temporary classification

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1: 04.984 2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +0.029 3. Carlos Senz (Ferrari) +0.082 4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +0.420 5. George Russell (Mercedes 460. 460) + Esteban O’Connor (Alpine) +0.742 7. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) +0.895 8. Mick Schumacher (Haas) +1.0279. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +1.119 10. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +8.167

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