Max Verstappen wins F1 sprint race at Austrian Grand Prix

By Jurassic JennJun 30, 2024 21:03 PMSport
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Max Verstappen put up a valiant defense in the face of strong competition from Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri to emerge victorious in the sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix. This is reported by SSP.

In the opening laps, Norris relentlessly challenged Verstappen, providing an exhilarating battle for the lead. However, he eventually lost second place to Piastri as he simultaneously attempted to overtake Verstappen for the top spot on lap five.

Later in the race, Norris made another surge towards Piastri but couldn't close the gap sufficiently to mount an attack. The Australian held on to finish in third place, securing a McLaren two-three finish with Norris ahead, closely followed by George Russell in his Mercedes.

Meanwhile, Russell showcased an impressive maneuver as he cleverly passed Carlos Sainz's Ferrari at Turn Four on lap eight. However, his teammate Lewis Hamilton couldn't replicate the move and settled for sixth position.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari also made a noteworthy comeback, climbing from a 10th-place start on the grid to claim a respectable seventh after facing technical difficulties during qualifying. Red Bull's Sergio Perez secured the final point in eighth place.

The first half of the race unfolded with six cars fiercely vying for the lead, featuring Verstappen at the helm followed closely by Norris, Piastri, Sainz, Russell, Hamilton, and Leclerc, who impressively gained three positions on the opening lap.

The McLarens proved to be a formidable threat behind Verstappen, excelling in the slower sections and long stretches of the first sector. However, the Red Bulls showcased their dominance in the high-speed corners of sectors two and three.

Norris launched a daring assault on Verstappen during the early stages of the race, applying immense pressure into Turn Four on lap four. This ultimately led to his impressive overtaking maneuver on lap five.

Displaying great determination, Norris seized the lead going into Turn Three, aggressively braking late. Verstappen retaliated superbly, executing a similar move into Turn Four. As both drivers slightly veered off track, Piastri skillfully took advantage and maneuvered alongside Norris upon exiting the corner.

The McLarens went head-to-head approaching Turn Six, with Norris on the inside and Piastri slightly ahead on the outside. In the interest of team dynamics, Norris made a wise decision and conceded the position to his teammate.

While biding his time, Norris made a comeback towards Piastri in the final laps. However, with his tires succumbing to wear, he couldn't mount a strong challenge.

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