Austrian Grand Prix result
- Max Verstappen wins the Austrian Grand Prix
- Charles Leclerc not happy after being overtaken on the 68th lap
- Lewis Hamilton started in fourth after being hit with a three-place grid penalty before finishing fifth
- Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth after Ferrari make a mess of his first pit stop
- Verstappen retains win after steward review
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc to record an emphatic win late on
Max Verstappen wins the Austrian Grand Prix in a dramatic close with Charles Leclerc in Spielberg
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday, subject to a stewards’ investigation, while champions Mercedes lost for the first time this season.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, starting on pole, finished second after defending hard against Verstappen with the two youngsters banging wheels as the Dutchman forced his way past three laps from the end.
Both 21, the pair were the youngest top two finishers in Formula One history.
Verstappen took the chequered flag, at a scenic circuit owned by Red Bull and with thousands of orange-shirted Dutch fans cheering him on, but still faces an anxious wait for confirmation.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Verstappen triumphed in Austria with a dramatic finish
Valtteri Bottas finished third for Mercedes with championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous four races, fifth and behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Five-times world champion Hamilton remains well in front in the standings, 31 clear of Finland’s Bottas after nine of 21 races.
The victory was the first for a Honda-powered car since Britain’s Jenson Button won in Hungary in 2006 for the Japanese manufacturer’s own team, and a welcome antidote to last weekend’s dull French Grand Prix.
It also ended Mercedes’s run of 10 wins in a row, and eight this season.
Leclerc on Verstappen incident
Leclerc records his highest ever finish, but it could have been his first ever win.
“Overall the race was good,” he said.
“I had a bit more degradation than he had [on the Verstappen incident].
“I will let the stewards decide but for me it was clear I was on the outside, he left a car width, we touched and I went wide and it’s a shame.”
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Verstappen edged Leclerc right at the death the win the Austrian GP
RECAP THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED
Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix
Wow! What a finish.
There was contact from the Dutchman and Leclerc will be furious that he was denied his first victory.
But you can’t argue that he’s been fantastic today.
What a finish and what a race.
Incredible defending from Leclerc, it looked as if Verstappen was going to nip in and steal the win in Lap 68.
The young Monacan then lose the lead when Verstappen stole in, two laps to go.
Grand stand finish in Austria.
Leclerc is furious: “What the hell was that?”
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Charles Leclerc ensured it wasn’t the worst day for Ferrari
Charles Leclerc has a 2.4 seconds lead over Verstappen, has been closed from 4.2.
Hamilton is struggling for a podium finish here.
Verstappen is applying the pressure now.
McLaren’s Norris has done himself proud here, currently in sixth.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton starts in fourth after penalty, Leclerc on pole
Oh no, trouble for Verstappen!
“Guys, I’m losing power,” he says desperately.
He’s manages to get ahead of Bottas nonetheless to the delight of the Dutch fans.
Let’s see if the problem is terminal.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Verstappen has snuck into second but says he’s “losing power”
The cheers could be heard all around the circuit as Verstappen edged in front of Vettel.
It sends the German straight into the pit for some new tyres.
Ferrari trying to salvage something here from their driver.
Leclerc still looking increasingly likely of winning this one.
Verstappen is cranking up the pressure.
He’ just turned in his fastest lap.
He’ll be gutted with his poor start, it looks increasingly likely that it may have cost him here.
Ferrari adamant that Vettel came into the pits at the right time.
However the mechanics radio’ was having problems which saw the miss the call.
Vettel has paid a price, but he’s still travelling well in third as it stands.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is on course to win his first race
Hamilton needs his front wing changed.
He receives urgent instructions from Pete Bonnington that it needs work.
The Mercedes star has now dropped to fifth.
Leclerc regains the lead, Bottas in second.
“Come on, push hard,” Mercedes say as they try to rally Hamilton.
“Tyres are good,” he replies.
Hamilton takes the lead as Leclerc is into the pits.
This time it’s smooth, but they may have already blown Vettel’s hopes of a podium finish.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: It’s tight between Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas
The Ferrari team are furious with themselves.
Vettel has lost ground after a pit stop, but they fail to have his tyres ready.
That’s cost him around about four seconds, precious time he’d worked hard to claw back.
Bottas effected too, having to wait for his Vettel to leave the pits.
It’s looking good for Leclerc.
He’s built up a lead of 4 seconds on second placed Bottas.
Norris continues his good start by slipping past Raikkonen.
Vettel is making good progress as he looks to push Hamilton in third.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Sebastian Vettel has made up ground after his horror show at qualifying
AWAY WE GO
Horrible start from Max Verstappen who has ground to make up.
Lando Norris had move up to third before dropping back to fifth.
Vettel then squeezes past Norris in an action packed opening five laps.
Leclerc keeps his lead while Hamilton gets into third.
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Max Verstappen is hoping to make his qualifying position count
Christian Horner, who is Red Bull’s team principal is hoping for a big day from Verstappen.
“It was a phenomenal lap by [Max Verstappen] hopefully we can convert it into a result – it’s a big race here for us, and we want to put on a good show today,” he said.
“I didn’t think we could win it last year here but we did. Ferrari look mighty they are very fast on the straights, Mercedes maybe the under performed in qualifying yesterday but it’s going to be a tough race especially with this heat.
“Max has the exuberant of youth and hes driving with such maturity and at such a level hes doing an incredible job. He’s enjoying the environment he’s in. He’s taken a step up to the more mature leadership role since Daniel left and the Max Verstappen in the last 12 months has been remarkable.”
Austrian Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton will be starting the race in fourth
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We will take you all the way through the action from the Red Bull ring as Lewis Hamilton looks to increase his lead in the Drivers’ Championship.
Hamilton starts in fourth after being hit with a grid penalty with Charles Leclerc on pole and Sebastian Vettel in ninth.
Charles Leclerc will start the Austrian Grand Prix in pole position after Lewis Hamilton was slapped with a three-place grid penalty.
The Brit was punished for “unnecessarily impeding” Kimi Raikkonen during yesterday’s qualifying.
The Finn was clearly frustrated as gestured towards Hamilton before later telling his team via radio that he’d been blocked.
He also received one penalty point on his licence for his troubles.
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Meanwhile Ferrari prodigy Leclerc finished top of the pile while Max Verstappen has been moved up to second. Valtteri Bottas is in third.
“I’m extremely happy,” Leclerc said.
“We have been competitive since second practice but it is always difficult to do the lap at the time. It is just a shame for Seb. We should have two cars close to one and two.”
Sebastian Vettel failed to finish after experiencing problems with the air pressure line to the engine.