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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Recap

An eventful Austrian Grand Prix has completed a perfect week for Max Verstappen, giving him another victory at the Red Bull Ring, with Valtteri Bottas finishing in second and Lando Norris in third.

Returning crowds, 132,000 to be more precise, witnessed Verstappen’s fifth win of the season, as rival Lewis Hamilton finished fourth. 

Verstappen also managed to take the bonus point for clocking the fastest lap during the race, extending the gap at the top of the championship to 32 points. 

Saturday qualifying

Max Verstappen went under one minute four once more, but was matched by Lando Norris and Sergio Perez. 

Norris missed out on what would have been his first-ever pole in formula one. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas qualified in fourth and fifth. 

Pierre Gasly qualified in sixth, giving himself a good chance to make amends for last week.

Yuki Tsunoda went one better from last week by qualifying in seventh, with Sebastian Vettel in eighth, and teammate Lance Stroll in tenth. 

Splitting the two was George Russell who made it to Q3 for the first time. 

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were left disappointed with 11th and 12th on the grid, but their feelings were nothing compared to the annoyance of Fernando Alonso. 

The Spaniard was thwarted in Q2 by Sebastian Vettel who ended up blocking Alonso at the end of his fast lap, forcing him to brake in order to avoid a collision. 

Red Bull gives you wins

Max Verstappen kept the lead off the start once again. 

Lando Norris managed to hold off Sergio Perez and both of the Mercedes drivers. Before Verstappen could build a lead, the safety car was deployed for an incident involving Esteban Ocon. 

When we restarted, Max was able to speed off which was a sign of what was about to come. The battle for second was heating up before an overtaking move went wrong for Sergio Perez. 

Norris was deemed to have forced Perez off the track and given a five-second penalty by the stewards. The penalty would have no effect on Norris come the end of the race. 

Ironically, later on, Perez did the exact same thing to Charles Leclerc, at the same location, and received the same penalty. 

Shortly after, the two drivers came together again on a different part of the track, with the same result and punishment (that’s plus 10 seconds for anyone that’s keeping track). 

Those penalties would keep Perez fans’ eyes fixed on the battle between Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz who were slowing each other down. 

On the final lap, Saint managed to overtake Ricciardo, managing to finish nine-and-a-half seconds behind Perez and leapfrog him.  

Driver of the day

Lando Norris was selected as the driver of the day for his magnificent third-place finish in Austria, but it could have been his teammate Daniel Ricciardo who performed best on the day. 

Ricciardo started the day in 13th, but finished seventh. 

He was under pressure throughout the race, yet managed to hold off Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc for long periods of the race before both Perez and Sainz managed to pass late on. 

The Austrian Grand Prix marks the end of a very successful triple-header for Max Verstappen who claimed 77 of the 78 points available – 3 wins, 2 fastest lap bonus points. 

The teams will now get a well-deserved weekend off before heading to Silverstone, a proven Mercedes stomping ground, for the Great British Grand Prix. 

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