Magnificent Max: Verstappen wins a classic Austrian GP
Max Verstappen produced arguably his finest drive in F1 with a terrific victory at the Austrian GP, overtaking Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with 3 laps to go and take home a superb win at the team home race in Spielberg, Austria.
Starting 2nd on the grid the Dutchman had an atrocious getaway, stalling the car and putting him back in 7th place after the 1st lap. However, being roared on by the thousands of Dutch fans who made the trip to the Red Bull Ring, Verstappen produced a dazzling comeback demonstrating exceptional pace on the hard tyre when he needed it and the determination to muscle his way past Leclerc when he needed to.
His win wasn't without controversy however as yet again the victory hung in the balance with the FIA. Deeming Verstappen's overtake fit for investigation, it took the stewards over 2 hours after the race had finished to come to the conclusion that the overtake was nothing more than a racing incident. Fans at the Red Bull Ring stayed long after Verstappen had cross the finish line to wait in anticipation as both Verstappen and Leclerc met with the stewards to discuss the incident. Once the decision was finally announced there were cheers from the Dutch fans and tears from both the Red Bull team and Honda, who picked up their first F1 since returning to the sport.
With the Red Bull and Ferrari battling at the front it was a difficult weekend for the Mercedes team, who after dominating the season so far struggled with overheating tyres and could only produce 3rd for Bottas and a distant 5th for Hamilton. The Finn had a relatively lonely race at the front and always had the pace advantage over Hamilton who was overtaken by a rampant Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap of the race.