On Sunday, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the pole position for the third time in a row at the Austrian Grand Prix, consolidating his lead over World Championship fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second and McLaren’s Lando Norris third. Since the coronavirus pandemic, Verstappen’s latest move to end Hamilton’s title in the drivers’ championship sparked a carnival atmosphere among the early Formula One spectators, most of the 100,000 spectators wearing their Dutch orange clothing.
“It’s amazing to see so many oranges in the stands, it’s extra motivation, thank you,” he told his congregation on the Red Bull-owned Spielberg circuit.
“This car is unreal,” added the 21-year-old to Hamilton’s threat of fighting for an unprecedented eighth world championship, which he won on the track last week.
“We installed each set of tires and it was really great to drive. The entire team has put in tremendous effort. The two weeks here are incredible.” The seventh session held at Silverstone on July 18 Before the World Champion British Grand Prix.
Verstappen led the standings by 182 points and Hamilton by 32 points. It seems unlikely to beat Verstappen on Saturday.
In addition to the super-fast speed of rival Red Bull, Hamilton’s damaged car late in the race is likely to make him lose his second place.
“We are very far from them (Red Bull). They brought a lot of improvements, we haven’t done them yet, so we have to bring some,” he said.