F1 – Styrian GP – Race
Hallo MiniFans and welcome to the first race in Austria! Will Red Bull be able to bring it home today between the mountains? Or will Norris impress even more after a splendid P4 on the grid? Let’s find out!
Verstappen had a good start from pole position and was able to keep the lead into turn 1. Leclerc, however, ran into Gasly, which broke the Frenchman’s suspension. Due to the damage, he ran into Giovinazzi in the next turn. The two spun and caused a yellow flag and some hassle with a couple of other drivers behind them. Leclerc immediatly pitted to get a new frong wing. Unfortunately, Gasly’s suspention was too damaged to keep driving. His race was called to an early end. Also Latifi had a flat tyre after bumping into a spinning Gasly, but he was able to keep racing.
Ricciardo reported low power over the radio in lap 9 of 71. Luckily for him, McLaren was able to restore it from in the pits. However, we saw his teammate Norris almost simultaneously dropping down to P5, while he did have a decent gap to both Perez and Bottas. With Bottas moving up, Mercedes told him to close the gap to Perez while keeping his tyres safe. The hunt for P3 could begin for the Finn.
The curbstones got the better of Hamilton in lap 26. The Brit had a massive moment of oversteer in the exit of turn 4 which made him lose 6 precious tenths to Verstappen. Furthermore, he also reported some vibrations afterwards. A lap later, Perez was the first one of the top 5 to pit for his Hard tyres. Hamilton tried an undercut on Verstappen right after. The Dutchman, however, answered with a 2 tenth faster stop only 1 lap later. Where as Hamilton wanted to manage his new set, his team told him to try and close the gap to the leading Verstappen.
Just over halfway through the race, we saw Russell being driven into his pitbox with an hydraulic problem. During his first stop, we already saw his team struggling with compressed air. Unfortunately it only kept him out for some more laps. The next driver to ‘give up’ was Hamilton. When the gap to Verstappen was over seven seconds, he was being told to bring P2 home rather than trying to keep pushing towards the Dutchman.
With only eleven laps to go, we saw Leclerc battling for P7. During the race he fought his way back up the field after hitting Gasly. The fans later crowned him as the well-deserved driver of the day due to all his beautiful overtakes and fighting spirit! Hamilton was the one taking the extra point for the fastest lap of the race. The Brit came in during lap 70 for a free pitstop and snatched the point away from Perez during the final lap!
Max Verstappen wins the Styrian Grand Prix after a flawless race! The two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas where the other two drivers to make it to the podium. The top ten was completed by Perez, Norris, Sainz, Leclerc, Stroll, Alonso and Tsunoda. We’d like to see you back on this track for next week’s Austrian Grand Prix. Auf Wiedersehen!