Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins Austria F1

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, the ninth race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, as title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes could only finish fourth.

Verstappen led from the start, as teammate Sergio Perez went off while trying to pass McLaren’s Lando Norris for second at Turn 4 soon after a safety car restart. Norris received a 5s time penalty for the incident.

Hamilton took 20 laps to pass Norris for second, by which time Verstappen was 10s ahead. Hamilton then picked up car damage that affected his pace, and was passed by teammate Valtteri Bottas and Norris, dropping back to fourth.

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2021 Austrian Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
71 1:23'54.543 26
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
71 1:24'12.516 17.973 17.973 18
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris
71 1:24'14.562 20.019 2.046 15
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
71 1:24'40.995 46.452 26.433 12
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
71 1:24'51.687 57.144 10.692 10
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
71 1:24'52.458 57.915 0.771 8
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
71 1:24'54.938 1'00.395 2.480 6
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
71 1:24'55.738 1'01.195 0.800 4
9 France Pierre Gasly
71 1:24'56.387 1'01.844 0.649 2
10 Spain Fernando Alonso
70 1:24'05.587 1 Lap 1 Lap 1
11 United Kingdom George Russell
70 1:24'11.219 1 Lap 5.632
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
70 1:24'21.962 1 Lap 10.743
13 Canada Lance Stroll
70 1:24'28.620 1 Lap 6.658
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
70 1:24'31.561 1 Lap 2.941
15 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
70 1:24'59.438 1 Lap 27.877
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi
70 1:25'07.844 1 Lap 8.406
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel
69 1:23'02.087 2 Laps 1 Lap
18 Germany Mick Schumacher
69 1:24'00.507 2 Laps 58.420
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
69 1:25'21.577 2 Laps 1'21.070
France Esteban Ocon
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How the Austrian Grand Prix unfolded

From pole position, Verstappen led Norris, Perez, Hamilton and Bottas. Further back, Esteban Ocon was sandwiched by Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi at Turn 3, damaging his right-front suspension and bringing out the safety car to recover his stranded Alpine.

At the restart, Perez attacked Norris at Turn 1. Perez ran wide on the exit and failed to get ahead, but he tried again on the outside at Turn 4 where Lando stood firm in his defence and Sergio ran wide into the gravel, sending him tumbling to 10th.

Behind them, the Mercedes duo briefly swapped places but Hamilton reestablished his position, now up to third.

Hamilton caught Norris, attacking from Lap 10 as Verstappen pulled 5s clear. It took Hamilton 10 laps to find a way past, just as Norris received a 5s penalty from the stewards for his earlier incident with Perez.

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AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was the first of the top 10 to stop, sacrificing his seventh position to jettison his soft tyres – a move followed by sixth-placed teammate Pierre Gasly a lap later.

Ferrari’s Leclerc pulled a great, clean pass on Perez at Turn 4 on Lap 15, while Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) passed the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel for fifth three laps later.

Norris and Bottas pitted together on Lap 31, Bottas moving ahead as Norris had to serve his 5s time penalty. Hamilton pitted a lap later, with Verstappen responding on the following tour and he rejoined over 13s ahead in the lead.

Hamilton picked up damage on his left-rear corner, which allowed Bottas to close. Initially he was told not to pass Hamilton, but with Norris closing on him, Bottas was told he was free to race his teammate. He then received a team order, allowing him to pass Hamilton uncontested on Lap 52.

Norris passed Hamilton for third at Turn 6 on Lap 54, prompting Hamilton to make a second pitstop.

The real battle as the race entered its second half was Gasly versus Ricciardo, Perez and Leclerc. At Turn 4, Leclerc attacked Perez around the outside and he hit him twice, sending the Ferrari into the gravel. That resulted in a 5s time penalty for Perez.

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A few laps later, after Gasly pitted for the second time on Lap 46, and then Perez and Leclerc clashed once more at Turn 6, with Leclerc again visiting the gravel. Perez picked up another 5s time penalty but did find a way past Ricciardo, to allow him to gain time with his 10s of penalties.

Verstappen won by over 17s, after making an extra pitstop to ensure the point for fastest lap, over Bottas and Norris. Hamilton finished fourth, ahead of the penalized Perez. Ferrari allowed Sainz to pass Leclerc to attack Ricciardo.

Sainz grabbed sixth from Ricciardo at the final lap at Turn 6, which became fifth (by 0.8s) when Perez’s penalties were applied, with Leclerc and Gasly finishing eighth and ninth behind Ricciardo.

Williams’s George Russell and Fernando Alonso fought out a great duel for the final point, with Alonso grabbing it with five laps to go. 

Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Vettel came together exiting Turn 6 on the last lap, both crashing out through the gravel.

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2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 62 1'06.200 234.815
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 70 1'07.762 1.562 1.562 229.402
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 55 1'08.126 1.926 0.364 228.177
4 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 54 1'08.146 1.946 0.020 228.110
5 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 55 1'08.192 1.992 0.046 227.956
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 52 1'08.374 2.174 0.182 227.349
7 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 70 1'08.405 2.205 0.031 227.246
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 51 1'08.420 2.220 0.015 227.196
9 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 54 1'08.455 2.255 0.035 227.080
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 62 1'08.471 2.271 0.016 227.027
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 62 1'08.520 2.320 0.049 226.865
12 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 54 1'08.659 2.459 0.139 226.405
13 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 55 1'08.698 2.498 0.039 226.277
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 56 1'08.820 2.620 0.122 225.876
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 69 1'08.874 2.674 0.054 225.699
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 56 1'08.900 2.700 0.026 225.613
17 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 55 1'09.042 2.842 0.142 225.149
18 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 56 1'09.394 3.194 0.352 224.007
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 49 1'09.757 3.557 0.363 222.842

2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix tyre history

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull M 35 H 28 H 11
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes M 33 H 41
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren M 33 H 41
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes M 34 H 22 H 18
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari H 48 M 26
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull M 35 H 39
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren M 29 H 42
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari M 37 H 37
9 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri S 16 H 32 H 26
10 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine M 32 H 38
11 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams M 33 H 40
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri S 15 H 39 H 19
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin S 17 H 32 H 24
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo M 1 H 28 H 41
15 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo H 37 M 33
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams M 33 H 37
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin S 20 H 32 H 20
18 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas M 34 H 35
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas M 27 H 18 H 24
France Esteban Ocon
Alpine M 0

2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix pitstop times

 

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