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“We’ve made progress with the automotive in a single day, I feel it’s extra consultant of the place we’re at,” mentioned Purple Bull boss Christian Horner, whose group have by no means began on pole at their residence circuit.
“Mercedes look very robust.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who began on pole on the Purple Bull Ring final yr, was fifth quickest and forward of Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in seventh place.
Ferrari have acknowledged design points with their automotive however is not going to have efficiency upgrades prepared till the third spherical in Hungary.
Leclerc mentioned on Friday they had been dropping velocity within the corners.
“The steadiness was fairly good however the general grip of the automotive — I suppose it’s not just one factor, it’s additionally the total bundle that we have to improve,” he mentioned.
Quebecer Lance Stroll completed eighth within the third observe, sliding somewhat from seventh place within the second observe, however nonetheless forward of his 11th end within the first observe.
AT A GLANCE
Austrian Grand Prix dwell protection. Qualifying: Saturday at eight:30 a.m. on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5; eight:45 a.m. on RDS. Race: Sunday at eight a.m. on TSN1, TSN4, TSN5; eight:30 a.m. on RDS.