He hasn’t won since the Melbourne race, and he hasn’t seen a podium since Miami. Charles Leclerc has had five very difficult weeks.
In qualifying, Monegask was always very fast, but in the races he was always killed by a combination of bad luck and the mistakes of his team.
In Austria too, at first it seemed there was not much to do about World Cup leader Max Verstappen. The Dutchman, who had already manipulated the sprint race with ease, got away well. Leclerc and Sainz were lurking in his driveway.
Things did not go smoothly with Sergio Perez. George Russell suddenly closed the door and pushed the Mexican into the gravel. The Red Bull driver had to join in all the way back and had to give up the fight shortly thereafter.
In the sprint race, Verstappen still got a free track, because Leclerc and Sainz were competing a lot with each other. But the Dutchman did not get that freedom in the race.
Leclerc did not leave his opponent in the World Cup breathing and has already surpassed him in the twelfth round. Verstappen didn’t even try to respond and went into the pits surprisingly early.
After all the chaos in team management in previous races, it now looked like Ferrari was ahead in Austria. Instead of recklessly following Red Bull’s lead, they waited a little longer to call Leclerc and Sainz.
formula for success. At their stopping point, Verstappen took the lead again, but that didn’t last long. Leclerc rushed past in no time.
Sainz also seemed to pass the World Cup leader without any problems, until his engine suddenly broke out. A huge setback for the previous race winner.
The virtual safety car gave Leclerc and Verstappen the opportunity to perform another free stop, but they will not switch positions again. Leclerc is still complaining about technical issues, but he stuck with his third win. Verstappen grabbed the point on the fastest lap.
Behind his World Cup rivals, he led Lewis Hamilton to third place in the second race in a row. George Russell (fourth), who received a time penalty for a collision with Perez, also earned plenty of World Cup points after a catch-up race.
Mick Schoomaker posted his best F1 result ever with sixth place, and teammate Kevin Magnussen (8) finished 10th. After a tough weekend, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo can breathe a sigh of relief, too.
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