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Dominant drive sees Max Verstappen win Styrian Grand Prix

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen led from start to finish at the Styrian Grand Prix to extend his Formula 1 Driver’s World Championship lead.

Verstappen outpaced the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas who came home in second and third.

In the second Red Bull, Sergio Perez tried a two-stop strategy to make up ground on Bottas, while that bid failed, he would record the fastest lap only to be bettered by Hamilton late on. 

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At the start, Lando Norris initially held off the Red Bull of Perez and the Mercedes of Bottas, who started fifth after a three-grid place penalty for his pit lane spin during free practice.

Norris didn’t have the race pace to hold off the quickest cars on the grid, though and the race soon turned into a battle between Red Bull and Mercedes.

Red Bull were able to react to anything Mercedes tried and Verstappen maintained around a five second lead over Hamilton for much of the race.

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Hamilton admitted to feeling powerless to stop Verstappen’s charge: “It was a bit of a lonely race! I was trying to keep up with those guys [Red Bull] but they’ve made some big improvements over the last couple of races

“We got good points as a team today, and we’ve got to keep pushing.”

Red Bull will want to make the most of their advantage with the championship staying at their home track for next week’s Austrian Grand Prix.

After the win Verstappen said: “Straight away I felt a good balance on the car. We have to show it again next week. I’m looking forward to it. I’m confident we can do a really good job again.” 

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Bottas was satisfied with his effort to get on the podium after starting fifth.

“From where I started I think P3 was the maximum today,” Bottas said. 

“I’m glad I could defend against Perez. It’s good that we get to do this all again next week.”

Styrian Grand Prix

1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 71 1:22:18.925 25
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 71 +35.743s 19
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 71 +46.907s 15
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 71 +47.434s 12
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 10
6 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 70 +1 lap 8
7 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 70 +1 lap 6
8 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 4
9 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 70 +1 lap 2
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 70 +1 lap 1
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 70 +1 lap
12 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 70 +1 lap
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 70 +1 lap
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 69 +2 laps
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 68 +3 laps
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 68 +3 laps

* Provisional results. Note – Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

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