Austrian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen wins his third consecutive GP victory
Posted On July 4, 2021
On Sunday, the 23-year-old Dutch driver claimed the third consecutive Grand Prix victory after his GP victories in France and Styria as Verstappen strengthened his lead over world champion Lewis Hamilton in the world drivers’ rankings.
Hamilton finished in fourth place, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas taking second, while Lando Norris clinched an impressive third despite his penalty for forcing Sergio Perez off the track.
After nine races in the 2021 season, Verstappen has accumulated 182 points, 32 more than Hamilton.
“Amazing to be honest the car was unreal,” said Verstappen, who led from start to finish – just like he did at the Styrian GP.
“On every set of tires we put on, it was really fun to drive. A great effort from the whole team. These two weeks here have been incredible.
After rolling on the exit curbs, Hamilton suffered damage to his car, but the biggest worry for the 36-year-old Briton is the dominance of Verstappen’s Red Bull car.
“We are miles from them [Red Bull]Hamilton told the F1 website. They’ve brought a lot of upgrades and we don’t have any, so we have to.
“I said before the race that it would be hard to beat Max. But it’s very frustrating to lose so much downforce at the back and lose second place today.
“I didn’t drive on the sidewalk any more than anyone else. [Without the damage] I would have been second, it would have been an easy second today. “
However, Mercedes CEO and Team Director Toto Wolff delivered a more optimistic assessment, saying: “This one is not over.”
“The damage was done on the outside of turn 10, [Hamilton] It wasn’t working particularly strong on the score so we have to find out why it happened, ”Wolff told the F1 website.
“We could see that the improvement over last week was actually understanding the car a little bit, we’re going to improve and be in the race again.”
The next F1 race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 18th.
“Mercedes has been so strong at Silverstone for years, so they will be powerful there. And the sprint race too, there will be a different dynamic,” Christian Horner, Red Bull team manager, told the site. F1 web, referring to the new sprint. qualification format.
“But if we bring that momentum to Silverstone, there is nothing to fear.”
Silverstone will be the first of three races this season to feature the sprint qualifying format.
Running 100 kilometers during Grand Prix weekends, sprint qualifying will give the winner three points to one point for third.
The new format will also be used at the Italian Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix later in 2021.