Formula 1: Dominant Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix and increases his lead over Hamilton to 32 points

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands arrives at the finish line after winning the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria.
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Spielberg: Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position today, securing a third consecutive victory and taking his lead over title rival Lewis Hamilton to 32 points after nine races .

It was Verstappen’s fifth win this season against three for Hamilton, who slipped from second to fourth late after going too wide in a corner and rolling on a curb, damaging one of his tires .

His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who clinched the fourth career podium at the same track where he got his first last year.

The youngest on the podium

The top three ranking in 2020 made him the youngest British driver on a podium and the third youngest overall behind Lance Stroll and Verstappen. Ultra consistent Norris is the only driver to score points in every race this season.

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Dutch Red Bull driver Max Verstappen celebrates with his trophy on the podium after winning the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria on July 4, 2021. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)
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Hamilton hasn’t won since the Spanish GP two months ago, a dismal five-race streak for the defending champion in search of a record-breaking eighth F1 title. All went to Red Bull, Sergio Perez taking the other.

It was another crushing success for Verstappen in the Red Bull ring, his team’s home track and with thousands of his fans in orange shirts applauding his 15th career victory. He also won here last weekend at the Styrian GP.

Third pole in a row

Verstappen grabbed his third pole in a row on Saturday and came out clean again for another fire-to-flag victory, as Hamilton has so often done.

A great day for him and his loving fans was rounded off with a bonus point for the best lap.

Meanwhile, Hamilton’s wait for a 99th F1 victory continues and he hopes for a change of fortune at the British GP at Silverstone in two weeks.

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