Max Verstappen takes sixth pole position this season at the Austrian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc 2nd, the French behind

The Dutch driver dominated the qualifying session at the Spielberg circuit on Friday evening, while his teammate Sergio Pérez experienced many setbacks.

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Max Verstappen during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, June 30, 2023 in Spielberg.  (SEM VAN DER WAL / ANP MAG)

For the sixth time this season, Max Verstappen will start from pole position on Sunday. The Dutchman indeed set the best qualifying time for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday June 30 at the Spielberg circuit. The Red Bull driver finished ahead of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, both at Ferrari. The French duo from the Alpine team, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, did not shine. They will start in 9th and 12th place respectively.

Max Verstappen, largely dominant in the driver standings (69 points more than his runner-up and teammate Sergio Pérez), put himself in good shape to win a fifth consecutive Grand Prix on Sunday.

Verstappen can overtake Senna

For the third time in a row on pole in Austria, the Dutchman could glean a seventh victory in nine races contested this season, and get closer to a third world championship title in a row.

If he wins on Sunday at Spielberg, Verstappen will enshrine his name a little more among the legends of Formula 1, since he will overtake Ayrton Senna in the number of victories. Both have, for the time being, 41 victories, the fifth best total in history.

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