Well, with the help of Max Verstappens sublime overtaking ability and Red Bulls aero ability. After last weekends French Grand Prix, the Austrian Grand Prix from the Red Bull Ring was a thriller from start to finish. It was even exciting watching Fridays free practice which saw big incidents for Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen. Leclerc was the only driver that didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend. Unfortunately, it was not mean to be, and the young Monegasque driver still has to wait for his maiden Formula One win.
After allowing the revs to drop on the start-line, Max Verstappens Red Bull went into anti-stall and was passed by all and sundry as he dropped to 7th position. The unexpected order after the first corner was Leclerc, Bottas, Norris, Hamilton. As the opening laps unfolded, Leclerc cemented his lead and the fight for third place was on. As many as five drivers were contesting podiums positions, with both McLarens and both Alfa Romeos dueling it out with Hamilton, then Norris, then Gasly, then Vettel. As the race unfolded, Vettel and Verstappen duly began to make their way up the order. Vettel running fourth before a pit stop blunder cost him several vital seconds. Hamilton was also to experience his own pit stop demons as front-wing damage caused by the Red Bull Rings unforgiving kerbs necessitated a change.
While all were failing around him, it was Verstappen that kept his head. Going wheel-to-wheel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc twice before making his final move stick. With only a handful of laps remaining, and with great cheers from the Dutch dominant crowd, Verstappen took a lead he would not relinquish.