The Chorus of Campione rang by the Dutch fans at the Red Bull Ring as Max Verstappen achieved a flawless win at the Austrian Grand Prix. The third successive victory of Verstappen made the fan club in the 60,000 people crowd to celebrate and cheer. But his title rival Lewis Hamilton once again left floundering in the fourth position. Before the race, Hamilton was 18 points adrift, but that gap has now become 32 points as he came fourth.
Hamilton cannot afford to make such huge mistakes as he did on July 4, where he lost downforce after he ran over the kerb on the Turn 10 midway exit during the race. This left him to nurse his machine in the end. Although, even without miscalculation, Hamilton could never have toppled Verstappen in slower Mercedes. Hamilton finished it in 46 seconds behind Verstappen, who got a lead over Valterri Bottas in the second place.
Hamilton Statements After the Race
Lewis Hamilton admitted that Mercedes were way afar from Red Bull but did not mea culpa afterward and instead said that he was not going over the kerb, so he has no idea where all the damage happened, but a lot of damage was there. Over the years, Hamilton had made very few lapses, but now he has run off the track almost three times in the nine races along. Verstappen is also putting more pressure in the title fight.
Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, finished second ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren. This was a big relief for the team principal of Hamilton Toto Wolff. Hamilton has not got a single victory since the Spanish GP, a dismal five races streak for the defending champion who was seeking a record eight F1 titles.
It was another great success for Max Verstappen on his team’s home track at the Red Bull ring, and thousands of orange-shirted fans cheered on his 15th career win. He has also won the Styrian GP. He got his third straight pole on July 3 and got away again another lights-to-flag win. It was a great day for Verstappen and his fans which finished by a bonus point for the fastest lap. At the same time, wait for the 99th F1 win still continues for Lewis Hamilton. He will hope for a change of fortune at the British GP in Silverstone in the upcoming times.