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F1 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Updates and result as Lewis Hamilton battles Max Verstappen

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

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.