Verstappen Wins Again, Hamilton 'Painful' After Missing Podium

Verstappen Wins Again, Hamilton 'Painful' After Missing Podium Photo: TT
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen has won for the fourth time in the past five races while Lewis Hamilton missed the podium at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Red Bull driver Verstappen’s latest triumph sees him move 32 points clear at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship ahead of Mercedes’ Hamilton.

The Dutchman achieved it all at the Red Bull Ring, starting on pole, winning the race and claiming the fastest lap to secure 26 points.

Verstappen won by 17 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with the impressive Lando Norris driving his McLaren into third spot.

“Incredible job by everyone to deliver something like this,” Verstappen said.

“Of course, when you go into the weekend everybody sees you as the favourite, but its never easy to actually always deliver what we did today.

“A great effort by the whole team and also by Honda I think the whole package these two weeks, especially here, has been incredible.”

Hamilton struggled with read-end damage to his Mercedes and was unable to hold on to a podium spot as Norris continued his excellent 2021 form, having finished inside the top five in all races except Spain when he came eighth.

The world champion said: “These past four or five races have been so difficult. Obviously we’ve lost a lot of ground over these past four races, which is really painful. Today to lose second place to some damage on the floor, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

There were numerous time penalties handed out in an entertaining race, with Sergio Perez copping a cumulative 10-second penalty after two incidents with Charles Leclerc.

Ben somerford
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