Max Verstappen avoided any drama as he secured a record-setting third win on the Red Bull Ring to drag additional clear on the prime of the drivers’ championship.
Verstappen’s fourth victory of 2021 – his finest return in a single Formula One marketing campaign – gave Red Bull a weekend to recollect at their residence monitor on the Styrian Grand Prix.
This triumph by no means appeared underneath severe menace, nevertheless, as Verstappen began from pole and shortly pulled away from defending champion and title rival Lewis Hamilton.
With Sergio Perez victorious on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix between two prior Verstappen successes, Red Bull have 4 straight victories for the primary time within the hybrid period forward of a return to this circuit subsequent week for the Austrian Grand Prix, the third leg of a triple-header.
As Verstappen shortly escaped Hamilton’s consideration, main incident was reserved for additional again within the area.
Hamilton was additionally within the clear regardless of an early battle between Perez and Lando Norris behind him. Norris gained that tussle however provided little defence when Perez attacked once more, additionally letting Valtteri Bottas via as McLaren centered on outlasting Ferrari.
Red Bull expertly executed an undercut within the earlier race to present Verstappen the sting over Hamilton, however a poor pit cease value Perez this time.
He dropped behind Bottas, who was swiftly known as in to make sure he emerged on recent tyres with a bonus nonetheless intact.
Hamilton was adopted in by Verstappen, whose lead was so important the Mercedes man might scarcely see the again of his opponent as he exited the pit lane.
He by no means acquired any nearer, with Verstappen showboating as he crossed the road properly away from any competitors.
Hamilton at the very least took the quickest lap and Bottas held off Perez in a tense scrap after each males pitted as soon as extra, giving Mercedes two drivers on the rostrum.
Such was Verstappen’s benefit with nonetheless greater than 10 laps remaining that Hamilton appealed to his staff radio for steering.
The seven-time champion knew he had no likelihood of slicing the hole to Verstappen however understandably didn’t very similar to the concept of settling for second.
Only twice within the hybrid period (each in 2016) has Hamilton beforehand gone greater than 4 races – his present winless run – with out a victory in a single season.
Hamilton at the very least loved a greater outing than the person who might finally turn out to be his Mercedes team-mate.
George Russell was operating in eighth after early contact between Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly triggered chaos and ended the latter’s afternoon.
All was going so uncharacteristically properly for Williams as Russell piled stress on seventh-placed Fernando Alonso, already on target for a career-best end.
Then an influence unit difficulty saved Russell within the pit lane for an prolonged interval. A second cease to deal with the identical drawback set the Williams man again additional and a 3rd go to was his final, slicing his race brief on one other irritating day.
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +35.743s
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +46.907s
4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +47.434s
5. Lando Norris (McLaren) +1 lap
6. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) +1 lap
7. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +1 lap
8. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) +1 lap
9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) +1 lap
10. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) +1 lap
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 156
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 138
3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 96
4. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 86
5. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 74
1. Red Bull – 252
2. Mercedes – 212
3. McLaren – 120
4. Ferrari – 108
5. AlphaTauri – 46