Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021: Max Verstappen dominates Lewis Hamilton to win Styrian GP, Bottas finishes 3rd

Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen dominated Lewis Hamilton to win Austrian GP, Valtteri Bottas beat Sergio Perez to finish 3rd
Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen dominated Lewis Hamilton to win Austrian GP, Valtteri Bottas beat Sergio Perez to finish 3rd

Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen led from the front to win Styrian GP, his second in a row, keeping a fight from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at bay. Valtteri Bottas finished 3rd despite a late push from red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

Following on from his win in the French Grand Prix, Max Verstappen led away from pole position at a dry Red Bull Ring, leading every lap of the race to claim his 14th career win, and his third at his team’s Red Bull Ring home track.

The Dutchman duly stretched his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 18 points in the drivers’ standings, after the Mercedes driver was unable to offer any serious answer to Max Verstappen’s pace on race day, although he was at least able to limit the damage after taking the bonus point for fastest lap thanks to a late pit stop.

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Having started P5 after his grid drop for spinning in the pit lane on Friday, Bottas was able to claim third, holding off a late charge by the second Red Bull of Perez for Finn’s first podium since the Spanish Grand Prix.

Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021: Behind, a fine race from McLaren’s Lando Norris saw him follow up his P5 from last year’s Styrian GP with the same result this weekend, having not been able to lap on the pace of the Red Bulls and Mercedes on Sunday. He was ahead of the Ferrari pair of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, who after a nightmare, point-less French Grand Prix, had a much better race in Austria.

Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships Standing:

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR PTS
1 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING HONDA 156
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 138
3 Sergio Perez MEX RED BULL RACING HONDA 96
4 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN MERCEDES 86
5 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 74
6 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 58
7 Carlos Sainz ESP FERRARI 50
8 Pierre Gasly FRA ALPHATAURI HONDA 37
9 Daniel Ricciardo AUS MCLAREN MERCEDES 34
10 Sebastian Vettel GER ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 30

 

Lance Stroll finished eighth for Aston Martin, while Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top 10. Kimi Raikkonen took 11th, ahead of the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel and the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo – who’d climbed up the order on Lap 1 but fell back to his starting position after losing power briefly – while Esteban Ocon took P14.

Formula 1 Styrian GP 2021: P15 was Antonio Giovinazzi, ahead of the Haas of Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi’s Williams and the second Haas of Nikita Mazepin.

One of the early stars of the race George Russell had been cruelly forced to retire with a power unit issue, having run comfortably in P8 for the majority of the Grand Prix – while Pierre Gasly was out on Lap 1, after contact with Leclerc that damaged his left-rear, and saw him spin the Alfa Romeo of Giovinazzi at Turn 3.

Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championships Standing:

POS TEAM PTS
1 RED BULL RACING HONDA 252
2 MERCEDES 212
3 MCLAREN MERCEDES 120
4 FERRARI 108
5 ALPHATAURI HONDA 46
6 ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 44
7 ALPINE RENAULT 31
8 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 2
9 WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0
10 HAAS FERRARI 0

 

But at the start of a doubleheader of Austrian races, it was Verstappen and Red Bull who fired another shot across Mercedes bows with their fourth consecutive race win.

Formula 1 2021 Styrian GP Results:

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
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 0
12 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
13 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 70 +1 lap 0
14 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 70 +1 lap 0
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 70 +1 lap 0
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 69 +2 laps 0
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 68 +3 laps 0
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 68 +3 laps 0
NC 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 36 DNF 0
NC 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1 DNF 0

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