Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has taken victory at the Red Bull Ring following a hard-fought late-race duel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Despite having to fight back through some midfielders after a poor getaway, a stellar second half of the race from the Red Bull driver saw the Dutchman fight from fourth to first in an impressive display of pace and overtaking prowess.
Disposing of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at turn four early on after the pit stops, he made light work of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas – this time at turn three – with still over ten laps of the race to go.
With Verstappen’s focus turning towards the race leader, he reeled in Leclerc to sit one second behind with four laps of the race to go.
In the DRS zone, Verstappen made the race-defining move on lap 69 on the inside of turn three. However, the stewards have decided to investigate the move due to Verstappen potentially not leaving enough room on the exit of the corner.
With Bottas taking third, Vettel was forced to fight back to fourth place in a race where he was put on a two-stop strategy and had a delayed first pit stop. He passed championship leader Lewis Hamilton with two laps to go to secure the 12 points.
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a podium finish were dented when he was forced to change his front wing during his pit stop. The Mercedes man struggled for pace in the second half of the race and was unable to hold back Vettel.
Lando Norris finished in sixth place for McLaren after fending off the challenge from Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly, whilst team-mate Carlos Sainz recovered from a back-of-the-grid start to take eighth place, ahead of the two Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, who took his first Formula One championship point.