RECAP OF THE STYRIAN GRAND PRIX: Max Verstappen wins in Austria to extend his championship lead.
Relive Express Sport’s live coverage of Max Verstappen’s dominating victory at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap time.
On the final lap of the race, Lewis Hamilton pushes the pedal to the metal and sets the quickest time. Valtteri Bottas holds off Sergio Perez for third place. A wild closing lap to cap off a fantastic Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton pits for new tires in the penultimate lap of the race, hoping to set the quickest time and earn another championship point. Given his huge lead over his teammate, it’s a clever move, as it allows him to lessen the impact of a loss on Verstappen, who is now on his final lap of the race.
Over the Red Bull Ring, a swarm of dark clouds has formed. Is it possible that we’ll get some late rain? Over the radio, Lewis Hamilton asked the same query and was told, “There’s nothing on the radar.” There may not be much on the radar, but there are some ominous-looking clouds approaching. A late downpour might wreak havoc on the marathon, and if that happens, we’ll be ready.
Although the positions of first and second appear to be set, the battle for third appears to be the most exciting as we approach the final ten laps. Bottas is stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo, while Perez is reeling in the Mercedes with fastest laps. According to the AWS statistics, Perez will be within striking distance within seven laps, implying a grandstand finish for the final podium spot. The cap is now in place and descending fast.
Hamilton’s radio discussions with his teammates have a melancholy tone to them. After learning he was eight seconds behind Verstappen, he stated, “I can’t close that gap.” However, Hamilton was told to keep going, because tyre degradation was Mercedes’ best hope. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez has been assured that by the end of the race, it will be a close race with Bottas. Bottas, on the other hand, has been given the go-ahead to thread his way through the back markers.
Sergio Perez is in the midst of a TWO-STOPPER! He’ll be told to push like when he comes in for new medium-compound rubber. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”