Formula 1 – Max Verstappen wins speed race, Leclerc and Sainz on podium, Lewis Hamilton 8th

One wonders if adding a sprint race is a good idea this season. The second, played on Saturday in Spielberg as a prelude to the Austrian Grand Prix, resulted in the same winner as the first in Imola, a victory for Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who only strengthened his lead. in the championship. world.

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And the scene for the Dutchman was even less exciting than in Emilia-Romagna at the end of April, if it weren’t for the still enthusiastic welcome his followers from Oranje gave him on arrival, the day after his pole position in the Red Bull Ring.

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Starting at the top of the grid, after a second start motivated by a momentary rupture of Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, Silverstone’s miracle, Max Verstappen resisted Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari, ranked third, then turned to the his fifth success at Spielberg, counting his four Grand Prix victories since 2018.

Leclerc and Sainz on the edge

Fortunately for the show, things came to life behind him – they even warmed up – between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz for second place in the first laps. The Monegasque and the Spaniard fought in an uncompromising duel, and it is a miracle that the F1 75s did not touch during their hand-to-hand.

Second place but overwhelmed in the first braking by his teammate, driven by his victory at Silverstone on Sunday, the Monte Carlo native quickly regained his place in front of the “blonde” n ° 55. And he was able to drive quietly from lap 7.

Attacked on turn 3 in a desperate braking from Madrid, “Charlot” has crossed the trajectory and is definitely ahead. After making more careful use of his tires, Leclerc parted ways and ended up on no man’s land.

Pérez in recovery, Alonso’s bad luck continues

Aside from this red battle, the good recovery of Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and the setbacks of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) behind the Haas were the other common threads of this mini Prize, which the promoter of the World Championship wants to lengthen. in addition to three appointments next year.

In fact, behind a lone George Russell (Mercedes) in fourth place, the Mexican once again showed his sense of attack. At Silverstone, he had climbed from 17th to second, and there he overcame the penalty of his relegation to 13th on the grid to regain eight positions, all the way to the fifth Final. Finally, seven positions if we take into account the non-participation of Fernando Alonso (Alpine), due to a technical problem.

In Les Bleus, in a chronic lack of reliability, it was Esteban Ocon who saved the day with his sixth position, ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, who ended up cracking Mick Schumacher in the in front. in play.

The Briton, unable to move forward if not with wear and tear, can be considered, however, fortunate to have been able to continue his journey after a strong contact with the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly (15th), raised by contact between wheels in the exit.

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