Charles Leclerc claims victory at the Austrian Grand Prix
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc overtook Max Verstappen three times on track for a much-needed win at the Austrian Grand Prix.
It was Leclerc’s third win of the season, and his first since the Australian Grand Prix in April. The win moved him back up to second in the standings, 38 points behind Verstappen. It will be a major boost for the Monegasque driver in his bid for the championship.
Verstappen had started the race from pole at the Red Bull Ring but was unable to match Leclerc’s race pace with the two drivers on different pit strategies.
Leclerc had a nervy finish to the race as he encountered an issue with the throttle pedal in his Ferrari with ten laps to go. Despite this, he was able to manage the problem and kept Verstappen at bay.
The result could have been even better for Ferrari with Carlos Sainz looking on-course to take second and make it a one-two finish. However, his engine failed in dramatic fashion with 14 laps remaining.
Sainz’s demise moved Lewis Hamilton up to third in the Mercedes with team-mate George Russell finishing fourth.