A late dramatic incident involved in the overtaking of Leclerc by Verstappen was reviewed by stewards, later given green light.
The Austrian GP set a new record as the youngest two drivers on the podium.
The race was full of late drama as the race leader Charles Leclerc was overtaken by Max Verstappen in the 69th lap with two laps remaining. Verstappen who started the race at P2 dropped to P7 during the first lap with a poor start. However, he came back electric strong and overtook everyone ahead.
The results of the qualifying saw Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc take the pole and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen second on the grid. Mercedes drivers Valteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took third and fouth spot on the grid, respectively, after a 3 place grid penalty was handed to Hamilton for blocking Raikonnen in Q1.
Bottas and Hamilton took P2 and P3 in the first lap but due to overheating issues could only secure P3 and P5 respectively. Hamilton also suffered, front wing damage which degraded his position on the track.
McLaren had a great weekend with their 19 yr old driver Lando Norris finishing at P6 and Carlos Sainz who started the race from the back grid finished at 8th. It was also a great race for Alfa Romeo with Kimi Raikkonen finishing P9 and Giovinazzi P10 earning his first points ever.
Max Verstappen said after the race:
“Wow! After that start I thought the race was over but we just kept pushing hard, I was quite quick so the pace was actually not too bad but I had quite a bad flat spot on my first tyre, and then after the pit stop we were flying.
“Of course extremely happy for the whole team and also for Honda – we just started working together this year but to win here is incredible.”
Leclerc, had a different point of view to the incident . “I’ll let the stewards decide but for me, it was pretty clear in the car,” he said in parc ferme. “I don’t know how it looked like from the outside.”
When asked if he didn’t think it was fair, Leclerc replied: “I don’t know. I was on the outside, like the lap before, the lap before was completely fine, he left the space for a car width on the exit of the corner but he didn’t on the other lap so we touched and I had to go wide, and then obviously I didn’t have any chance to pass back so it’s a shame.”
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