Max Verstappen gives Red Bull Austrian double
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Max Verstappen claimed his third win in a row from pole in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday to consolidate his world driver’s championship lead over Lewis Hamilton who finished fourth.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took second with McLaren’s Lando Norris in third.
Orange army out in force for Max Verstappen
Verstappen’s assured win triggered a carnival atmosphere in Formula One’s first capacity crowd since the coronavirus pandemic struck with most of the 100,000 in attendance decked out in his Dutch orange colours.
In contrast to last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, Verstappen faced no real threat from behind, even having enough time to take an extra pit stop with 10 laps to go to ensure he snatched an extra point for the fastest lap.
“To see so much orange in the stands is incredible, it’s an extra motivation, thank you” he told his cheering congregation at the Red Bull-owned Spielberg circuit.
“The car was unreal,” added the 21-year-old threat to Hamilton’s bid for an unprecedented eighth world crown who was following up his win at the track last week.
“On every tyre set we put on, it was really enjoyable to drive. A great effort by the whole team. These two weeks here have been incredible.”
Verstappen moved on to 182 points in the standings, 32 clear of Hamilton ahead of the seven-time world champion’s home British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 18.
Hamilton, without a win since Barcelona in early May, had forecast after qualifying Saturday that beating Verstappen looked unlikely.
Hamilton worked his way up to second place from P4 on the grid before aerodynamic damage, picked up by running over exit kerbs, slowed his progress, allowing both Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris to get past him.
“We’re miles away from them (Red Bull). They’ve brought a lot of upgrades and we haven’t so we’ve got to bring some,” he said.
Despite heavy pressure from Norris, who was awarded Driver Of The Day honours, Bottas held on for P2, with the McLaren driver taking a third podium finish of the season in P3.
Austrian Grand Prix results
|1||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||1:23:54.543||26|
|3||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||71||+20.019s||15|
|6||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||+57.915s||8|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||71||+60.395s||6|
|9||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||71||+61.844s||2|
|10||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||70||+1 lap||1|
|11||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||70||+1 lap|
|12||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||70||+1 lap|
|13||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 lap|
|14||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 lap|
|15||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||70||+1 lap|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 lap|
|17||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||69||DNF|
|18||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||69||+2 laps|
|19||9||Nikita Mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||69||+2 laps|
|NC||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||DNF|
* Provisional results. Note – Verstappen scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Perez received a 10-second time penalty for forcing another driver off track. Stroll received a 5-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Tsunoda received a 5-second time penalty for crossing the white line at the pit entry.