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Austrian F1 GP 2021: Verstappen sails to victory in Austria as Hamilton suffers damage

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I.It was another weekend to savor Max verstappen, who led from start to finish in the Austrian Grand Prix, winning in the Red Bull Ring for the second weekend in a row. The Dutchman also took the fastest lap point, extending his lead over Lewis hamilton in the F1 drivers standings to 32 points.

Hamilton started fourth, but went up to second later Sergio perez slid into gravel on the first lap while racing Lando norris, so the Mclaren The driver received a five-second penalty. That grief saw Hamilton other Valtteri Bottas move on to the second and third, but they were already far behind Verstappen.

With Hamilton suffering some minor damage to his car, his lap times were shortened in the second half of the race and Mercedes eventually instructed the reigning world champion to leave Bottas through. Norris He soon overtook Hamilton as well, to make a podium with three different teams and leave his compatriot in fourth place.

“Today was amazing to be honest, the car was on rails!” Verstappen he said later.

“It was really nice to drive. You go into the weekend as the favorite, but it’s never easy to do.”

Norris He was happy too, but also frustrated by his time penalty that cost him second place.

“It was a good race and it was exciting, but I’m disappointed because we should have been second because I thought what happened on the first lap was just a race,” he said.

Further down the grid, Williams was as close to his first point of the season as George Russell put together a solid disk. However, he was surpassed by the Alpine from Fernando Alonso with three laps to go, that is Alonso he finished tenth and took the final point.

There was also some drama on the last lap when Sebastian Vettel other Kimi raikkonen he crashed, although none of the former world champions were in the points at that stage.

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