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F1 Austrian Grand Prix LIVE! Race reaction and updates as Charles Leclerc wins at Red Bull Ring – Evening Standard

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Charles Leclerc overcame a late throttle scare to win the Austrian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday and become Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen‘s closest rival. Red Bull’s Verstappen finished second with Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton third for the third race in a row.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz retired with an engine failure, his car rolling to a halt and flames erupting from the rear, with 14 laps to go while close on Verstappen’s tail and chasing a Ferrari one-two.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez, who had been second overall, also retired with a damaged car after a first lap collision with Mercedes’ George Russell. Russell came home fourth behind Hamilton in a good weekend for Mercedes.
Max Verstappen has ruled the Red Bull Ring for years, backed by his Orange Army faithful who on Sunday adorned the track in flare smoke as their hero began the Austrian Grand Prix in pole position.
However, you could hear a pin drop at the Spielberg circuit were it not for the sound of Charles Leclerc’s raucuous Ferrari engine pulling away from the Dutchman as he secured a vital victory.
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Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a crash in qualifying to bag a third F1 podium in a row at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Having started well behind the frontrunners and struggled in a fight with the Haas cars during Saturday’s Sprint, the seven-time world champoin fought hard to earn third place on Sunday.
In the end, the result was a comfortable one for Hamilton in an almost-completely fresh car following his high-speed shunt.
“Definitely [a good result],” he told Sky F1. “Especially after a difficult Friday with the crash and I said sorry to the team of course but I’m so proud of everyone for rebuilding the car.
“I don’t know what they’ll do with the bits they destroyed but hopefully there’ll be some new, better bits to come in after that. So this is a great recovery for us as a team.”
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With that, we are halfway through the championship as Leclerc and Verstappen get stuck in on the podium.
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“What an incredible crowd, definitely wasn’t expecting [third] – it’s been a rough weekend. I want to say a big thank you to the men and women in the garage, I had a brand new car on Saturday morning. We made some improvements this weekend so we have to keep chipping away.”
“A really good race, the pace was there, we had some good fights, the end was incredibly difficult. The throttle would get stuck at 20-30 per cent in slow speeds. But we made it stick. I had [Sainz’s blow-out] in my mind. I definitely needed that one, the last five races have been incredibly difficult.”

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