Qualifying facts and stats: Sainz and Russell hit career highs in Styria
The weather delay kept us on tenterhooks, but when the rain finally eased – slightly – Saturday’s Styrian Grand Prix qualifying provided an amazing spectacle - and some fascinating facts and figures...
• Lewis Hamilton's pole today was the 89th of his career – and tomorrow he will be attempting to break Ayrton Senna's record of leading 19 races from start-to-finish.
• Max Verstappen will start 2nd at the Red Bull Ring for the 3rd consecutive visit, following his P2 qualifying results here last year and last weekend.
• Third on the grid is Carlos Sainz’s best-ever qualifying result – the McLaren driver has previously never started higher than the third row.
• It means that for the 2nd week in a row, a McLaren begins a Grand Prix from 3rd.
• With 4th, Valtteri Bottas had his worst qualifying on this track since joining Mercedes in 2017.
• Esteban Ocon’s P5 for Renault was the team’s best qualifying result since Monza last year, when Daniel Ricciardo started 5th and went on to finish 4th.
• Even with his 3-place grid penalty dropping him to 9th, on Sunday Lando Norris will start in the top-10 for the 9th consecutive race.
• Ferrari only got one car into Q3 for the 2nd consecutive race, the first time that has happened since Canada/Austria 2015.
• This time Charles Leclerc was the Ferrari man to miss the cut – the only other time he has failed to make Q3 for the Scuderia was in Monaco last year.
• George Russell missed Q3 by just 0.091s, after reaching Q2 for the first time in his career.
• It gave Williams their first Q2 appearance since Brazil 2018, when Sergey Sirotkin qualified 15th.
• At Racing Point, Lance Stroll out-qualified Sergio Perez for the only the 4th time in their 23 races as team mates.