Chico starts behind the surprise Lando Norris McLaren
Red Bull hit the table by beating Mercedes in qualifying. Max Verstappen and Mexican Chico Perez finished first and third on the grid for him Austrian Grand Prix.
After suffering from some balance problems, Checo Pérez has made a recovery next Saturday and with a good qualification he will start third in his 200th F1 Grand Prix., to become the maximum so that Max Verstappen can achieve a new victory in the home circuit.
Checo finished eighth in the first qualifying with a time of 1:04,833, 0.584 tenths off the time of Max Verstappen, who had a 1:04,249 lead.
Checo Pérez improved in Q2. The middle compound this weekend was the red rubber the teams had a week ago at the Styria Grand Prix. Given this, tapatío had a best time of 1:04,483.
By that time Sergio moved up to sixth and was behind Lando Norris who made 1:04,415.
In the third round surprised Red Bull. Sergio Primero stayed fifth and at the last chance the Guadalajara player climbed to third with a time of 1:03.990, while Max Verstappen was 270 tenths faster.
The surprise in the front row came from England’s Lando Norris, who surprisingly succeeded at McLaren in placing himself in second place and thus was able to fight on the podium.
The Mercedes took a bitter morning World champion Lewis Hamilton couldn’t celebrate his renewal until 2023, when he will start fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth.
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