Max Verstappen repeated his own feat of last year, winning the home race of his team and showing spectacular driving to recover through the field.
The Dutch had problems starting in second position, almost stalled the car and fell to the eighth position. From then on it was an overtaking show, first in his teammate Pierre Gasly, and in the first few laps on Mclaren’s Norris and Alfa Romeo’s Raikkonen. Verstappen remained in 5th place before the pit stops, maintaining a good pace and taking his medium tires further than the rivals. And Max made good use of the advantage of his younger tires at the end of the race, taking more than 15 seconds off in the final stint and overtaking Vettel, Bottas and then-race leader Charles Leclerc on the track to reach his 6th win in the category.
The incredible race of Max Verstappen was crowned for being in the Red Bull Ring, circuit of his team, and having enormous presence of the Dutch fans, who for the second time saw his driver triumph in Austria. It was also the first victory of Honda, this time as an engine supplier, since 2006.
Charles Leclerc started out on pole and controlled the race until the second to last lap but tire wear took away the first win of his career and left him unhappy with second place. Valtteri Bottas closed the podium in a lackluster race for him and Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel recovered well from the problem in qualifying, and finished the race in 4th even after problems in the boxes and a strange two stopper race strategy. Lewis Hamilton had a complicated race, with no pace and having to change the front wing during his stop that took him out of any dispute. Still, 5th place is more than enough to keep the Englishman ahead of the standings in the championship.
Confirming the good phase of Mclaren, Lando Norris had an excellent race to finish in 6th place after good disputes throughout the race. His teammate Carlos Sainz made use of good strategy and strong pace to recover from the 19th place in the starting point to an 8th place finish. The Alfa Romeo duo completed the points, with Raikkonen in 9th and Giovinazzi scoring his first point in Formula 1 with 10th place.
Result of Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|6||Lando Norris||McLaren||1 Lap|
|7||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1 Lap|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1 Lap|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1 Lap|
|10||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1 Lap|
|11||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1 Lap|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||1 Lap|
|14||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1 Lap|
|15||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||1 Lap|
|16||omain Grosjean||Haas||1 Lap|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||2 Laps|
|18||George Russell||Williams||2 Laps|
|19||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||2 Laps|
|20||Robert Kubica||Williams||3 Laps|