It’s three Honda-powered pole positions in a row for the first time since 1991 as Max made it a hat-trick for himself at the Austrian Grand Prix.
In an extremely strong session for both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri, we have all four cars in the top seven - including two in the top three - ready to mount a strong challenge for the win and a big haul of points on Sunday.
Championship-leader Max set the pace in the first part of qualifying, while Sergio was eighth as he safely made it through as well. Pierre had his first lap time deleted in Q1, but recovered to comfortably advance in ninth, while Yuki was through in 14th, as the gap of just 0.134s to Sergio showed how close the field was on the short lap.
The second part of qualifying was extremely tense but saw all four drivers deliver excellent performances to match last Saturday’s result of having all of the cars reach Q3. Max was again quickest and will start on the mediums, while Sergio matched his team mate by also using the medium compound to advance.
For the Scuderia AlphaTauri pair, Pierre was fourth quickest and Yuki eighth in Q2, both using the soft tyre for their best laps and so starting the race on the softer compound tomorrow.
The first runs in Q3 saw Max secure provisional pole position and although he failed to improve on his second run it was a similar story to a week ago when nobody could beat his benchmark. Lando Norris came close and splits the two Red Bulls, with Sergio an impressive third.
Pierre and Yuki were both closely matched in the final part of qualifying and will start from sixth and seventh. While Pierre’s lap was within 0.1s of the two Mercedes drivers ahead of him, Yuki secured the best qualifying result of his rookie season so far.