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Max Verstappen wins at the Redbull Ring

2019.1.07.
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Max Verstappen wins the 2019 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix ahead of Charles Leclerc on Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas on Mercedes. After a missed start, Max Verstappen passed Charles Leclerc with a few laps to go and won the race. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

Pierre Gasly finished seventh in this Grand Prix after a complicated race: “It was a difficult race. I didn’t have a good pace during the first stint, then I got stuck behind the cars in front. In the second stint, I pushed too hard at the beginning and destroyed the hard tyre after only a few laps, I didn’t have the pace to catch Lando Norris. Overall, it’s nice to see that the new updates work with Max. He did a fantastic job, so it’s positive and we’re now looking forward to Silverstone. On my side, I’m not very satisfied with my performance and I could have managed the race better. I’m a very competitive guy and there’s work to be done. I haven’t found exactly what I want from the car, so we’ll keep pushing, but it’s good to see that the car is working and I think we have a good direction for the next races. I have a lot to learn and learn from Max’s presence with me. I want to do more and I know I can do it, so now we have to work.”

Romain Grosjean finished in 16th place and didn’t score any points: “It was difficult, it’s really hard to understand where the grip is, and how we can improve the car’s performance. I had no grip in the first laps, and then simply no performance in the race. This afternoon was very difficult, with no balance, I fought as hard as I could.”

Charles Leclerc finishing in second place and Sebastian Vettel in fourth place, encouraging results for Mattia Binotto but also disappointment with the Commissioners’ decision to overtake Max Verstappen on Charles Leclerc: “Every race has a story to tell and today’s race has been fantastic, with some exciting battles. For our part, we have shown that we continue to improve. Charles ran a race from start to finish and he was fantastic all weekend. Seb also had an excellent race. With regard to the Commissioners’ decision, we fully accept it, even if we do not believe that it is the right decision. They are the judges and we must respect that. However, even though I am first and foremost a Ferrari fan, I think it’s time for F1 to turn the page and look to the future. As we often say, we should leave the drivers free to fight, because on the whole it will be good for sport and good for F1. Congratulations to Verstappen, he did a fantastic race today, just like Charles. There will be new opportunities for us in the future.”

Renault F1 Team is not scoring any points this weekend with Daniel Ricciardo finishing twelfth and Nico Hülkenberg thirteenth. A bad weekend for Cyril Abiteboul: “Clearly, it’s not a good weekend. Even if we had the rhythm to be a little higher on the grid, this circuit exposed the weaknesses of our car, similar to the previous races, but in a more exacerbated way this weekend. We need to identify if there was anything specific about the settings or just a feature of the chassis we need to work on.”

Max Verstappen wins the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix with his Red Bull, giving Honda its first F1 victory in 13 years: “It was an incredible race and I am very happy to win the team’s second victory at our home Grand Prix. The second stint was decisive for us because the car really came to life. Once I passed Valtteri, I thought I could try to win, because our pace was so fast, but you never know. I kept pushing, I drove hard and I didn’t give up. We passed Charles with a few laps to go, so I’m extremely happy. It was a tight race and if you can’t do moves like that, I think it’s better to stay home. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, all weekend we worked very well and the improvements seem to have worked. Thanks to the whole team here, to everyone at the factory and of course to Honda, it hasn’t been easy for them in recent years, but winning today is incredible.”

2019 Driver Standings (after Austria)

  • 1 Lewis Hamilton 197
  • 2 Valtteri Bottas 166
  • 3 Max Verstappen 126
  • 4 Sebastian Vettel 123
  • 5 Charles Leclerc 105
  • 6 Pierre Gasly 43
  • 7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 30
  • 8 Lando Norris 22
  • 9 Kimi Räikkönen 21
  • 10 Daniel Ricciardo 16
  • 11 Nico Hülkenberg 16
  • 12 Kevin Magnussen 14
  • 13 Sergio Pérez 13
  • 14 Daniil Kvyat 10
  • 15 Alexander Albon 7
  • 16 Lance Stroll 6
  • 17 Romain Grosjean 2
  • 18 Antonio Giovinazzi 1
  • 19 George Russell 0
  • 20 Robert Kubica 0
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