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Max Verstappen also won the second Sprint qualifying event of the 2022 F1 season for Red Bull Racing. He started from P1 and drove unthreatened to the finish on the Red Bull Ring.
Before the start of the race Fernando Alonso's Alpine had a technical problem and still had the tyre blankets on when the warming up lap started. The Spanish driver had to start form the pitlane because of this, but didn't got out the Alpine garage. In the very last corner of the warm-up lap Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou stopped, when his engine stalled. An extra formation lap was used and Zhou now also had to start from the pitlane.
The start of the Sprint was clean until AlphaTauri driver PIerre Gasly collided with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and went into the air to spin off in turn 1. After one lap Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez had already won five positions and was driving on P8.
Both Ferrari drivers had a lot of battles on the track and Sainz was a real threat for Leclerc for the first time this season, but could not get passed his teammate.
After 10 laps race leader Verstappen already was 3 seconds in front of Leclerc. In this lap Pérez overtook both Haas drivers Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen and moved up to P6. One lap later the Red Bull driver already passed the other Alpine driver Esteban Ocon for P5.
Sebastian Vettel who was fighting in the Aston Martin for position with Williams Alex Albon got hit on the left rear at turn 6 end ended up in the gravel. Vettel was able to reverse out the gravel and continue, but had to retire at the end of the race with damage.
Behind both Haas cars was Lewis Hamilton trying to get into the poinst. The Mercedes driver was close a couple of times to overtake Schumacher to score the final point of the Sprint. Hamilton did everything he could, but could not get passed the Haas driver who could use DRS on every straight, because he drove inside the 1 second gap of Magnussen.
In lap 22 Hamilton could get P8 from Schumacher, because the German driver lost DRS on his teammate.
Sprint Quali 2022 Austrian GP
|1||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||26:30.059||23||8|
|5||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||+18.302s||23||4|
|10||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+37.557s||23|
|13||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+48.241s||23|
|14||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||+50.753s||23|
|19||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||DNF||21|
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