|1||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:22:18.925||25|
|4||SERGIO PEREZ||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+47.434s||12|
|5||LANDO NORRIS||MCLAREN MERCEDES||+1 LAP||10|
|6||CARLOS SAINZ||FERRARI||+1 LAP||8|
|7||CHARLES LECLERC||FERRARI||+1 LAP||6|
|8||LANCE STROLL||ASTON MARTN MERCEDES||+1 LAP||4|
|9||FERNANDO ALONSO||ALPINE RENAULT||+1 LAP||2|
|10||YUKI TSUNODA||ALPHATAURI HONDA||+1 LAP||1|
|11||KIMI RAIKKONEN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+1 LAP||0|
|12||SEBASTIAN VETTEL||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||+1 LAP||0|
|13||DANIEL RICCIARDO||MCLAREN MERCEDES||+1 LAP||0|
|14||ESTEBAN OCON||ALPINE RENAULT||+1 LAP||0|
|15||ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+1 LAP||0|
|16||MICK SCHUMACHER||HAAS FERRARI||+2 LAPS||0|
|17||NICHOLAS LATIFI||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||+3 LAPS||0|
|18||NIKITA MAZEPIN||HAAS FERRARI||+3 LAPS||0|
|NC||GEORGE RUSSELL||WILLIAMS RACING||DNF||0|
|NC||SERGIO PEREZ||ALPHATAURI HONDA||DNF||0|
Current World Drivers Championship leader Max Verstappen dominated the Styrian Grand Prix to win back-to-back races for the first time in his career. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, had no answer for Verstappen’s pace throughout the whole weekend.
Verstappen, who had secured back-to-back pole positions for the first time in his career and Red Bull’s first since 2013 on Saturday, was able to get Red Bull’s first back-to-back victory since 2014. Having started the race cleanly, unlike last time around, where he had lost first place to Hamilton in the first few corners of the French Grand Prix, the young Dutchman made no mistake and led every lap of the race at the Red Bull Ring to take the chequered flag 35 seconds clear of Hamilton. Hamilton had pitted for fresh rubber on lap 70 of the 71 lap race to get the fastest lap of the race and get the extra point on the last lap. That was the reason that he had finished 35 seconds behind Verstappen. Hamilton did try his best to keep within touching distance of Verstappen throughout. Still, in the end, he was never actually able to challenge Verstappen for the lead of the race, who secured his fourth victory of the year and increased his title advantage to 18 points.
Looking for the 99th career victory, Hamilton will have to wait another week for the Austrian Grand Prix, which is held on the same circuit as this week’s race, the Red Bull Ring. Hamilton will have to hope that next weekend doesn’t pan out the same for him. After all, it’s more than likely that it will be the same because Red Bull is having their best run of races since the glory days of Sebastian Vettel in their car. The last time Hamilton went victory less in four or more races was three years ago when he didn’t win the last three races of the 2017 season and the first three races of 2018.
The other Mercedes Driver, Valtteri Bottas, finished third ahead of the other Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez. Bottas was able to overtake him after Perez had a slow pit stop on lap 26, where the rear-left tyre took more than the required time to change. So when Bottas came into the pits in the next lap, he was able to pass Sergio for third place. Later on in the race, Perez had pitted once more in an effort to try to overtake Bottas for the final spot on the podium. But he failed as he crossed the line at the end of the race just half a second behind Bottas.
Behind them, Lando Norris, who had started the race from a career-best 3rd place after Bottas’s three-place grid penalty, could only finish 5th place. Norris was only able to hold back Perez from overtaking him until the 10th lap. On the next lap, Bottas was also able to overtake him.
The Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finished 6th and 7th respectively. Leclerc had a brilliant comeback drive to finish 7th place after he had clashed with Gasly in the first lap of the race that forced him to come to the pits to change his damaged front wing. By the time he had exited the pits, almost everyone was ahead of him. Gasly, on the other hand, had to retire his car because he had sustained suspension damage to his car after his clash with Leclerc.
F1 2021: Verstappen beats Hamilton to take dominant Styrian GP win for Red Bull
Max Verstappen claimed his fourth win this season to further extend his championship lead to Hamilton. Bottas finished on the podium for Mercedes as well after a 3-place grid drop at the start. Max Verstappen and Red Bull have claimed a dominant victory at the Red Bull Ring for the 2021 Styrian GP. Lewis Hamilton settled for second best in the Mercedes as he loses valuable championship points to Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas fended off a last-lap challenge from Sergio Perez to cross the line third.
George Russel was another driver who had to retire his car after running a brilliant 8th place. Russel started from 10th, his career-best position for Williams on the grid after Yuki Tsunoda had received a three-place grid penalty after qualifying. After hoping to score his first points of the season, Russel had to retire his car after a power-unit issue. Stroll finished the race at 8th place ahead of Alonso in 9th, while Tsunoda was the last driver to finish in the points.