Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen cruised to a perfect win from pole position in today’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen dominated the Austrian Grand Prix to seal the win in front of his adoring fanbase. Verstappen seldom looked in trouble, after acing the start, the Dutchman ran away with the victory. Such was his advantage; Red Bull could afford to make an extra stop for the fastest lap. It was an exemplary performance.
It proved to be another challenging day for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. The reigning champion chased Lando Norris in the early stages before getting past at the Gosser Curve. Hamilton couldn’t make an impression on Verstappen before or after his pitstop. Hamilton also ran wide at Turn One, which caused some damage to his rear aero surfaces. As his pace dropped, Mercedes swapped positions with Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton.
Bottas raced off into second, while Hamilton got passed by the charging Lando Norris. Despite his penalty, Norris displayed plenty of pace to fight back for third place. The contentious penalty set the stage for an incident-packed midfield battle.
Sergio Perez was the victim in the early incident with Norris; he got deemed the guilty party in his two excursions with Charles Leclerc. On both occasions, Perez got handed a five-second penalty for forcing Leclerc off the track. It halted the Monegasque’s charge. However, it aided Leclerc’s teammate’s race.
After a mammoth opening stint, Sainz pitted late and bolted on the medium tyres. The fresh tyres helped Sainz pass Leclerc, Ricciardo and Perez as the Mexican finished behind Sainz after his penalties got applied.
Fernando Alonso and George Russell enjoyed a great late-race battle as the Alpine driver duelled his way to a tenth place finish. Alonso’s teammate capped off a miserable two-week stint in Styria as contact on lap one broke his suspension.
It was a bizarre and busy day for the race stewards. Three penalties got handed out for racing incidents, while Yuki Tsunoda strangely fell foul of the same transgression on two separate occasions. The rookie straddled the pit lane entry line to pick up two five-second penalties. Antonio Giovinazzi, Lance Stroll, Nikita Mazepin and Kimi Raikkonen all got in trouble due to various misdemeanours. Raikkonen is also under investigation for an odd last-lap crash with Sebastian Vettel.
The end of this triple-header has confirmed that Red Bull are the team to beat in F1. Mercedes and Hamilton head to Silverstone, knowing they must win in Britain. The Orange Army were singing ‘Champione’ as Verstappen clambered out of his RB16-B. On the evidence of this form, the Flying Dutchman will take some stopping.
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||71||1:24’51.687||57.144||10.692||10|
|10||Fernando Alonso||70||1 lap||1|
|11||George Russell||70||1 lap|
|12||Yuki Tsunoda||70||1 lap|
|13||Lance Stroll||70||1 lap|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||70||1 lap|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||70||1 lap|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||70||1 lap|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||69||2 laps|
|18||Mick Schumacher||69||2 laps|
|19||Nikita Mazepin||69||2 laps|
|20||Esteban Ocon||0 / DNF|