Austrian Grand Prix qualifying: LIVE updates and result

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Lewis Hamilton bids to claw back deficit in his world championship battle with Max Verstappen as Mercedes man looks to build on pace from Friday’s practice

  • Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 18 points in the world championship
  • Their title contest returns to Austria for a second race at the Red Bull Ring  
  • Max Verstappen claimed the victory at the Styrian Grand Prix last time out
  • Latest Formula One news, including race build-up and results

The dramatic championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen returns to Austria with the Mercedes man in need of halting his Red Bull rival’s red hot form. 

Verstappen, 23, opened up a 18-point lead over the seven-time world champion last time out at the Red Bull ring with an emphatic victory on his home track, making it back-to-back wins for the youngster.

However, Hamilton has shown signs of improved pace this weekend, topping practice on Friday and the Mercedes man will look to strike back in what is expected to be an enthralling qualifying session in Austria.

Follow Sportsmail’s OLLIE LEWIS for live Formula One qualifying coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result.  

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How are the nerves? 

The England game is still a few hours away but in the meantime we have some exciting action coming up in Austria with qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix getting under way in an hour.

Max Verstappen enters this weekend’s action in confident mood having won the last two races and, if this morning’s practice is anything to go by, he will be tough to better this afternoon.

But Lewis Hamilton will be feeling buoyant having signed a contract extension with Mercedes and knows that it is time to start clawing back that 18-point deficit.

Stay tuned for build up and live commentary of qualifying from Austria. 

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