Perez to start Austria sprint from 13th after track-limit penalty

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Sergio Perez will start Saturday's sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix in 13th after being dropped down the grid for exceeding track limits.

The Red Bull driver, who trails team-mate Max Verstappen by 34 points in the drivers' championship, provisionally qualified fourth at the Red Bull Ring.

However, the Mexican had his Q3 times and the fastest lap in Q2 that got him into the top-10 shoot-out deleted for track-limit violations.

Several drivers had lap times deleted throughout qualifying in Spielberg as they battled high winds and struggled to keep wheels on the track, especially at the final corner before the start/finish straight.

Perez must now work his way through the field in the sprint to get into the top-eight point-scoring positions and improve his place on the grid for Sunday's feature race at his team's home grand prix.

Verstappen, by contrast, will start on pole ahead of the two Ferraris and Mercedes' George Russell.

Perez said after qualifying: "Yes, it was a tricky day. Already from FP1 things didn't feel great so a bit of understanding on our side and yes, hopefully tomorrow we are able to recover.

"I wasn't able to get into the rhythm – so some understanding [needed] but obviously now it's sprint tomorrow, and a long race ahead.

"So we have got to keep our heads down and push hard for tomorrow's sprint to try to make some progress and get a good position for Sunday's race."

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