After flyaway races in Canada and Azerbaijan, Formula 1 returns to its European heartland this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
The key talking point upon arrival in Austria was the fall-out from title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s clash two weeks ago in Baku, the pair making contact behind the safety car.
It acted as the first flashpoint in their erstwhile-cordial rivalry in 2017, stoking the fire nicely for another showdown in Austria.
Previewing this weekend’s grand prix in Spielberg with all of the latest news and interviews, NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken pole position for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
It’s the second career pole for the Dutch driver, who beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.123 seconds.
Verstappen’s first pole was earlier this season at the Hungarian GP in August.
Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes will start from third position. The 2018 winner at Interlagos finished 0.191 seconds back.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon finished in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Hamilton was fastest in final practice earlier Saturday, 0.026 quicker than Verstappen.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday is the penultimate race of the season. Hamilton secured the season title, his sixth, in the previous race in the U.S.