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Max Verstappen wins Austrian GP in dominant fashion

SPIELBERG, Austria — Components A person championship leader Max Verstappen received the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, clinching a third straight victory and extending his guide about title rival Lewis Hamilton to 32 factors after nine races.

It was Verstappen’s fifth acquire of the season as opposed to three for Hamilton, who dropped down from 2nd spot to fourth late on after heading as well vast on a change and rolling about a kerb, harming a single of his tires.

His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas concluded 2nd forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who clinched the fourth podium of his job on the exact track the place he secured his initial past 12 months.

The 2020 major-three finish produced him the youngest British driver on a podium and third-youngest over-all driving Lance Stroll and Verstappen. The extremely-regular Norris is the only driver to have scored factors in just about every race this season.

Hamilton has not received considering the fact that the Spanish GP two months ago, a dismal streak of 5 races for the defending winner trying to find a document eighth F1 title. All of individuals have gone to Pink Bull, with Sergio Perez having the other.

This was an additional crushing accomplishment for Verstappen on at the Pink Bull ring, his team’s property track and with hundreds of his orange-shirted followers cheering on his 15th job acquire. He also received below past weekend at the Styrian GP.

Verstappen clinched his third straight pole on Saturday and got away cleanly all over again for an additional lights-to-flag acquire, the way Hamilton has so typically finished.

A fantastic working day for him and his adoring followers was finished by a bonus point for the fastest lap.

In the meantime, Hamilton’s hold out for a 99th F1 acquire proceeds and he will hope for a change of fortune at the British GP in Silverstone in two weeks’ time.

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