Austrian GP: Verstappen absolutely untouchable, the championship already folded?

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday, alone in the world in front of a pack that has never been able to worry him. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished only fourth.

The orange wall of the spectators present on the Spielberg circuit were able to celebrate their hero: at home, Red Bull once again saw Max Verstappen triumph to win this Sunday the Austrian Grand Prix … just one week after his victory in this race. same track, during the GP of Styria.

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The Dutchman said he was “surprised” himself to have done “such a good race”, hailing the “surreal” car provided by his team. It must be said that the 23-year-old driver, who started from pole position, had absolutely no rivals. By dint of chaining the lap records, Max Verstappen quickly built up a cushion ahead of the competition, which sabotaged itself through sanctioned maneuvers or tire problems.

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Third victory in a row, the fifth of the season in nine races, and already 32 points better than his first rival in the standings of the drivers’ world championship … who will be able to catch up with the fiery Red Bull driver? Author of the 15th success of his career, the Dutchman has given everyone a world.

Nice podium from Norris

Behind, there were many pilots to collect the crumbs. Starting with the talented Lando Norris, who started second on the grid and who managed to grab a place on the podium (third) between the two Mercedes. All this while having nevertheless received a penalty of five seconds at the start of the race, for having crushed Sergio Perez while he was trying to overtake.

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This same Sergio Perez who will be penalized twice by five seconds … for the same maneuver, on Charles Leclerc both times. Which went into a rage and finished eighth, while the Ferrari seemed to have found color, after catastrophic qualifying.

Hamilton in trouble

A word about Mercedes. With an “anomaly”: the team authorized Valtteri Bottas, who does not play in the championship, to overtake Lewis Hamilton to take second place in the final. The seven-time world champion, who has just returned to his team, complained after the race of problems on the rear axle: “I was really too slow, I could not keep him behind me anyway, confides the Briton about his teammate. He took second place, it’s good for the team. ” He finished fourth and let Max Verstappen increase his lead in the standings. Short break before the Silverstone Grand Prix on July 18th. For King Lewis to try to regain his glory at home.

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