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.
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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.
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:
|1||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||156|
|3||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||96|
|10||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:
|1||RED BULL RACING HONDA||252|
|6||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||44|
|8||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||2|
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:
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||1:22:18.925||25|
|4||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||+47.434s||12|
|5||4||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 lap||10|
|8||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 lap||4|
|9||14||ALPINE RENAULT||70||+1 lap||2|
|10||22||ALPHATAURI HONDA||70||+1 lap||1|
|11||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 lap||0|
|12||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 lap||0|
|13||3||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 lap||0|
|14||31||ALPINE RENAULT||70||+1 lap||0|
|15||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 lap||0|
|16||47||HAAS FERRARI||69||+2 laps||0|
|17||6||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||68||+3 laps||0|
|18||9||HAAS FERRARI||68||+3 laps||0|
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