BREAKING: Verstappen keeps Austrian GP win after stewards’ review

Spielberg, Austria

Austrian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen will keep his victory at the Red Bull Ring, following a review on his race-winning overtake on Charles Leclerc.

The Red Bull Racing driver’s second consecutive win in Austria was thrown into doubt after the stewards confirmed that they would be investigating his overtake on the Ferrari driver at turn three.

With just a couple of laps to go, Verstappen attempted to pass on the inside of turn three, with Leclerc trying to keep hold of the position around the outside of the corner.

With Leclerc running out of room and running wide on the outside of the corner, the stewards investigated the overtake to determine if the Monegasque driver had been unfairly forced off the road.

However, after a long period of deliberation, the stewards have taken no further action on what they described as a “racing incident”, meaning Verstappen keeps his first Grand Prix win of the season.

The stewards’ verdict read:

“Car 33 sought to overtake car 16 at turn 3 on lap 69 by out-braking car 16. When doing so, car 33 was alongside car 16 on the entry of the corner and was in full control of the car while attempting the overtaking move on the inside of car 16.

“However, both car 33 and car 16 proceeded to negotiate the corner alongside each other but there was clearly insufficient space for both cars to do so. Shortly after the late apex, while exiting the corner, there was contact between the two cars. In the totality of the circumstances, we did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident. We consider that this is a racing incident.”

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