After winning in France, the Dutchman will be looking for his second successive win. The Red Bull man dominated the standings ahead of Lewis Hamilton. He will try to stretch his lead with the Briton in the general table.
The Dutch Max Verstappen, leader of the F1 World Cup, will start first this Sunday in the Grand Prix of Styria, an eighth of the championship, at the Red Bull Ring, His team's circuit, where he drove seven-time English world champion, Lewis Hamilton Mercedes, finished second on the grid after taking advantage of a three-place penalty over his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The 23-year-old driver achieved the sixth pole after driving in the Eiffel 1, the third of the season, covering the 4,318-meter spell of the Spielberg track in one minute, three seconds.
And 841 thousandths, 194 less than Bottas, sanctioned by the spin that he gave in the 'pit lane' during the second free practice on Friday, and that start fifth. Hamilton (second in the World Cup, 12 points behind Mad Max's 131) will make his second start in a Test against doubles world champion Fernando Alonso (Alpine) in eighth place.
The young Dutch star, who also leads the Constructors' World Cup alongside Mexican Sergio Pérez (with 37 points over Mercedes), will be looking for his fourteenth victory in F1.
"The first thing I have to do is congratulate Max," explained Hamilton about the Dutchman. "I'm going to give it my all, but I think we lack rhythm. Although it is raining tomorrow, the English star's wish, which came in second in France since last Sunday, was behind Verstapen and ahead of Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull).
Verstappen continues, little by little, winning battles. Sports and psychological. And having dominated practice on Friday, he was undaunted by Hamilton's fastest time - like him, a three-time winner this year - in the third and final free trial.
I'm super happy to have achieved 'pole' at home, "said 'Mad Max' after finishing the qualifying tests. This Sunday will be tough again, which will make the race more interesting, as in France, he warned of what can be seen in the Styrian circuit.
TIME : 13:00 GMT (10:00 ARG-URU / 09:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL-MEX / 08:00 COL-PER-ECU)
TV: Star Action
TOP 5 WORLD RANKING
1- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 131 points
2- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 119 points
3- Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) 84 points
4- Lando Norris (McLaren) 76 points