Start-goal: A flying Dutchman goes his own way, Hamilton only looks at his back – Start-goal: A flying Dutchman goes his own way, Hamilton only looks at his back

The Dutchman Max Verstappen from the Red Bull stable triumphed with the start-finish system at the Styria Grand Prix, the eighth event of this year’s F1 World Championship series.

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Max Verstappen at VC Styria.

He was followed by a pair of Mercedes competitors. The second was Brit Lewis Hamilton and the third Finn Valtteri Bottas.

Twenty-three-year-old Verstappen recorded his fourth victory of the year and 14th in his career. He thus consolidated the ongoing first place in the overall ranking. He is already 18 points ahead of the reigning world champion Hamilton. The British rider can enjoy at least gaining a bonus point for the fastest passage through the circuit, he achieved it in the final round.

The start of the race did not change from qualifying, although British Lando Norris from McLaren made an effort to move from third place at the start as soon as possible. He chose the heavier tires and attacked the second Hamilton, who, like the winner of the Verstappen qualification, rode on medium-hard tires.

In the 10th round, however, he began to slow down and let go of Sergio Perez of Red Bull. The Mexican paid for the pit stop, which lasted a long time, and Bottas was third. In the second half of the race, there were no changes at the top.

Styria Grand Prix (71 laps, 1 round: 4,318 km, total: 306.5 km)

1. Max Verstappen (Hol./Red Bull) 1: 22: 18,925 hod, 2. Lewis Hamilton (V. Brit./Mercedes) +35,743 s, 3. Valtteri Bottas (Fin. / Mercedes) +46,907, 4. Sergio Pérez (Mex./Red Bull) +47,434, 5. Lando Norris (V.Brit./McLaren), 6. Carlos Sainz (Šp. / Ferrari)

Current ranking (after 8 of 23 races): 1. Max Verstappen 156 points, 2. Lewis Hamilton 138, 3. Sergio Pérez 96, 4. Lando Norris 86, 5. Valtteri Bottas 74, 6. Charles Leclerc 58

Constructors’ Cup: 1. Red Bull 252 bodov, 2. Mercedes 212, 3. McLaren 120, 4. Ferrari 108, 5. AlphaTauri 46, 6. Aston Martin 44, 7. Alpine 31, 8. Alfa Romeo 2, 9. Williams 0, 10. Haas 0

Source: – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by

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