Leclerc Wins the Thriller Austrian GP
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari’s championship contender hasn’t been on podium for more than 2 months. But today has been his ultimate redemption day by storming to his victory in Spielberg circuit.
Leclerc started the race from 2nd, and had a quite steady start compared to yesterdays sprint. Max Verstappen, his title rival managed to pull away in initial laps but Leclerc caught up to him soon. After some battle he managed to pass the dutchman on turn 3 of lap 11. After that with strategical good pitstops Charles was unstoppable in the whole race, passing Verstappen two more times for pitstops. He had some thrilling last laps with a VSC deployed for his teammate’s incident and a throttle issue. His 5 seconds lead to Verstappen cut to 1.5 in ending laps, but he stayed calm and marched to his victory.
His teammate Carlos Sainz had opposite day after his engine blew while he was chasing Max Verstappen. He car went on fire as he pulled in a safe place away from track. He got out of the car safely but the race was over for him. Disappointment for whole Ferrari which could’ve been a 1 2. Earlier in race Sainz had a steady start following Leclerc and with Ferrari’s pace today was once ahead of Verstappen too.
Max Verstappen was today’s favorite to win the Austrian GP, after yesterday’s dominant performance in sprint and his recent form in the track. But disappointment for him there was no answer for the Ferrari race pace to Red Bull. He tried his best throughout whole race, which was not enough with bad tyre degradation and slower car pace.
Lewis Hamilton came in 3rd from 8th on the grid after some nice overtaking in early race. Most notably passing Mick Schumacher around the outside without help of DRS.
George Russell made an incredible recovery drive from 4th to dropping 19th and climbing to 4th again, despite early pitstop with 5 seconds penalty for first lap contact with Sergio Perez. which ultimately forced the Mexican to retire. Disappointment for him because it could be an podium for him.
Behind Russell Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished 5th followed by Mick Schumacher in 6th. Our driver of the day Mick made some excellent overtaking maneuvers on Norris, Alonso and Magnussen. It is his 2nd consecutive point finish, and his best ever position till now.
Lando Norris behind him managed to earn 7th position after starting 10th on the grid. He managed to position his car extremely well to defend at times and managed to pass Haas of Kevin Magnussen despite McLaren being much slower on straights.
Daniel Ricciardo ran to ninth while Fernando Alonso completed the top 10, having survived a squeeze onto the grass by Yuki Tsunoda that prompted the two-time champion to warn Yuki by pointing finger out the cockpit as he continued to fight for position.
Valtteri Bottas landed 11th for Alfa Romeo over Alex Albon, Lance Stroll and Zhou Guanyu.
A difficult weekend for Alpha Tauri as Pierre Gasly managing only 15th, followed by teammate Yuki in 16th. Difficult day for 4x world Champion Sebastian Vettel too, after contact with Gasly he got damage in car and only managing to just finish the race.
This race meant some changes in point table, Leclerc overtaking Perez for 2nd position in championship. While in constructors championship its getting interesting for best of the rest 4th position as McLaren and Alpine is now tie on points.