THE BALL – Leclerc wins the Austrian GP (Formula 1)

Charles Leclerc, in Ferrari, won the 35th edition of the Austrian Grand Prix, the 19th at Spielberg. The Monegasque, in the 11th round of this 22-race championship, overtook Max Verstappen, in Red Bull, after 71 laps of the Spielberg circuit, adding only the 1st success in Formula 1 without starting from pole – 2nd position in the yesterday’s sprint, behind the defending champion and 2022 World Cup commander, sent him back to 2nd on the starting grid.

For Leclerc, 3rd victory of the season and, above all, recovery from 2nd position in the Drivers’ World Championship and reduction of the handicap for Verstappen, from 44 points to 38. In Austria, in 3rd, for the 3rd consecutive time this year, Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes. At the Red Bull Ring, 71 very busy laps: the 7 leaders and the 6 changes at the top of the classification confirm it!

Strategically, Ferrari is more successful than Red Bull, but the Scuderia suffered to celebrate Leclerc’s victory. On lap 57, as he tackled Verstappen and looked to earn 2nd position, taking advantage of the accelerated degradation of Max’s RB18 tyres, fellow Scuderia driver Carlos Sainz dropped out of the grand prix, with the engine block of the single-seater on fire. . Almost simultaneously, Charles reported throttle issues to the team, which persisted until the checkered flag.

Further, many fights. Elected by the fans as “driver of the day”, Mick Schumacher scored points in Formula 1 for the 2nd time – and consecutively! –, finishing the Austrian Grand Prix in 6th position, the best result of his career, after an 8th place in Great Britain.

The twelfth round of the World Cup, the Grand Prix de France, takes place on the 24th, on the Circuit de Paul Ricard, at Le Castellet.

Ratings:

1st Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1:24.24, 312 hours

2.º Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT, +1,532s

3.º Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +41,217 s

4.º George Russell, Mercedes, +58,972 s

5.º Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault, +1.08,436 m

6th Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari, +1 lap

7th Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes, +1 lap

8. Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari, +1 times

9th Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes, +1 lap

10th Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault, +1 lap

11.º Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, +1 times

12.º Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes, + 1 volta

13.º Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes, + 1 volta

14th Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, +1 lap

15.º Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +1 volt

16.º Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +1 volt

17th Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes, +1 lap

18th Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, retired

19th Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes, DNF

20.º Sergio Pérez, Red Bull-RBPT, Abandonment

Best lap: Max Verstappen, in Red Bull-RBPT, with 1.07.275m on lap 62, at an average speed of 231.063 km/h

Drivers’ World Cup:

1st Max Verstappen, 208 points

2nd Charles Leclerc, 170 points

3rd Sergio Perez, 151 points

4th Carlos Sainz, 133 points

5th George Russell, 128 points

6th Lewis Hamilton, 109 points

7th Lando Norris, 64 points

8th Esteban Ocon, 52 points

9th Valtteri Bottas, 46 points

10th Fernando Alonso, 29 points

11th Kevin Magnussen, 22 points

12th Daniel Ricciardo, 17 points

13th Pierre Gasly, 16 points

14.º Sebastian Vettel, 15 points

15th Mick Schumacher, 12 points

16th Yuki Tsunoda, 11 points

17.º Zhou Guanyu, 5 pontos

18th Alexandre Albon, 3 points

19th Walk Lance, 3 points

20th Nicolas Latifi, 0 points

21st Nico Hulkenberg, 0 points

World of Builders:

1st Red Bull-RBPT, 359 points

2nd Ferrari, 303 points

3rd Mercedes, 237 points

4th McLaren-Mercedes, 81 points

5th Alpine-Renault, 81 points

6th Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 51 points

7th Haas-Ferrari, 34 points

8.º AlphaTauri-RBPT, 27 points

9th Aston Martin-Mercedes, 18 points

10th Williams-Mercedes, 3 points

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