VERSTAPPEN MAKES IT FIVE IN A ROW IN AUSTRIA
Formula One was in the Styrian Hill's for the Austrian Grand Prix which was announced will be on the calendar until at least 2030. It's five wins in a row and a 42nd career victory for the Dutch driver. Leclerc started and finished second which achieved Ferrari's 800th F1 podium, third place went to Perez in the second Red Bull - who did very well after struggling in qualifying.
Once again it was Max Verstappen (Red Bull) who leads into turn one with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) close behind.
On only the second lap we saw the Safety Car deployed because of debris on the track. The debris came from the Haas of Kevin Magnussen who made contact on the first lap with the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda.
The first and only retirement of the race came on lap 14 when Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) is forced to pull over with a smoking car - engine problems for the Haas team this then causes the Virtual Safety Car which was deployed with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Lando Norris (McLaren) both pitting. Followed by near enough the whole field who also pitted except the top six which consisted of both Red Bulls, Ferrari's and Aston Martin's
But on lap 16 it was a Ferrari double stack as well as an Aston Martin double stack as race leader Max Verstappen stays out. By pitting under the VSC it saves time when pitting - meaning the drivers shouldn't lose as much time or as many positions compared to when they pit during normal race conditions. Lap 17 - Green flag.
Eventually Verstappen pits from the lead on lap 25 - but comes out behind both of the Ferrari drivers - Leclerc now leads.
On the very next lap Verstappen passed Sainz for second - how long until he catches and passes Leclerc?
Turns out not very long as it only takes the Red Bull nine laps (Lap 35) for Verstappen to catch and pass Leclerc for the lead of the race.
The next race is the British Grand Prix.
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