Verstappen happy to win “incredible” race
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is happy to have won an “incredible race” at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Dutch driver started second on the grid but got a bad start dropping him to seventh but he put on an incredible drive to fight back through the field.
He passed the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc with three laps left and went on to take victory, repeating his win at the same circuit last year.
“It was an incredible race and I’m so happy to take the Team’s second victory at our home Grand Prix.” said Verstappen.
“It was a shame at the start as I triggered anti-stall and dropped back to seventh.”
“From there onwards the pace was really good, I stayed calm and kept pushing hard.”
Verstappen passed Leclerc for the lead at turn 3, pushing the Ferrari wide. Leclerc went off the track and claimed his rival had forced him off the circuit and the incident was under investigation for a number of hours.
Eventually the FIA confirmed that the overtake was deemed a racing incident which meant no penalty was applied and Verstappen kept his win.
“We passed Charles with a few laps to go so I’m extremely happy.” added Verstappen.
“The move was close racing and if you can’t make moves like that I think it is better to stay at home.”
Ferrari accept the decision
The battle between Verstappen and Leclerc gave fans a small snippet of what could be to come in future years. Leclerc was not happy with the manoeuvre but has accepted the decision from the stewards and Ferrari will not submit an appeal.
“With regards to the decision of the stewards, we fully accept it, even though we don’t believe it is the right decision.” commented Ferrari Team Principal, Mattia Binotto.
“‘Bravo’ to Verstappen, he drove a fantastic race today as did Charles. There will be new opportunities for us in the future.”