Current world champion Briton Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes is the winner of the second Formula 1 World Championship event, the Styrian Grand Prix, to be held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, as the first race of the season.
Hamilton had celebrated this time at the Red Bull Ring after finishing fourth last week, scoring his 85th career victory. Even German Michael Schumacher, who had registered 91 victories during his career, has more than him.
The Briton controlled the race and eventually gained second place in a direct clash with Dutchman Max Verstappen at Red Bull against his teammate Finn Valtteri Bottas.
“This time it was better after a difficult last weekend. I am pleased with the win. Our plan turned out to be perfect, everything was fine,” the world champion said, reflecting on the World Cup’s quick speed.
Bottas was the first to start the season and he held the lead in the overall standings with today’s second place.
Verstappen’s team-mate Alexander Albon finished fourth, while McLaren driver Lando Norris started and placed fifth for three positions in the final race. Racing Point driver Sergio Perez was sixth, though he started 17th.
For Ferrari, this was another weekend to be forgotten, after both Italian team cars gave up the third turn after a crash in the first lap.
Charles Leclerc attempted to overtake Sebastian Vettel but hit his motorcycle. The front wing of Leclerc was damaged, and Vettel ‘s back was damaged, so a “free car” got out on the track. Both Ferrari cars ended up in boxing, the German was not helped and he finished his game immediately, while Leclerc took another lap, after which he also had to give up.
Bottas has held the lead with 43 points in the overall standings, Hamilton has 37 and Norris is third with 26. In the Constructors’ standings, Mercedes (80) leads McLaren (39) and Red Bull (27).
The Hungarian GP follows on July 19, after the double Austrian schedule.