Austrian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen wins his third consecutive GP victory

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On Sunday, the 23-year-old Dutch driver claimed the third consecutive Grand Prix victory after his GP victories in France and Styria as Verstappen strengthened his lead over world champion Lewis Hamilton in the world drivers’ rankings.

Hamilton finished in fourth place, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas taking second, while Lando Norris clinched an impressive third despite his penalty for forcing Sergio Perez off the track.

After nine races in the 2021 season, Verstappen has accumulated 182 points, 32 more than Hamilton.

“Amazing to be honest the car was unreal,” said Verstappen, who led from start to finish, as he did at the Styrian GP.

“On every set of tires we put on, it was really fun to drive. A great effort from the whole team. These two weeks here have been incredible.

Verstappen takes the lead at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix, ahead of McLaren, Lando Norris, Red Bull Sergio Perez and Mercedes.  Lewis Hamilton.
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Hamilton leads his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Austrian Grand Prix, but the Finn finished the race in second, the Briton in fourth.

Hamilton suffered damage to his car after driving on the exit curbs, but the biggest worry for the 36-year-old Briton is the dominance of Verstappen’s Red Bull car.

“We are miles from them [Red Bull]Hamilton told the F1 website. “They’ve made a lot of upgrades and we don’t have any, so we have to make them.

“I said before the race that it would be hard to beat Max. But it’s very frustrating to lose so much downforce at the back and lose second place today.

Verstappen is jubilant after winning the Austrian Grand Prix.

“I didn’t drive on the sidewalk any more than anyone else. [Without the damage] I would have been second, it would have been an easy second today. “

However, Mercedes CEO and Team Director Toto Wolff delivered a more optimistic assessment, saying: “This one is not over.”

“The damage was done on the outside of turn 10, [Hamilton] wasn’t running particularly hard on the sidewalk, so we have to find out why this happened, ”Wolff told the F1 website.

“We could see that the improvement over last week was actually understanding the car a little bit, we’re going to improve and be in the race again.”

Norris enthusiastically celebrates his podium.

The next F1 race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 18th.

“Mercedes has been so strong at Silverstone for years, so they will be powerful there. And the sprint race too, there will be a different dynamic,” Christian Horner, Red Bull team manager, told the site. F1 web, referencing the new sprint. qualification format.

“But if we bring that momentum to Silverstone, there is nothing to fear.”

Silverstone will be the first of three races this season to feature the sprint qualifying format.

Running 100 kilometers during Grand Prix weekends, sprint qualifying will give the winner three points to one point for third.

The new format will also be used at the Italian Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix later in 2021.

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