Now the ones that make boring F1 they are dutch Max Verstappen and equipment Red Bull, who returned to see their rivals from the highest step of a GP podium. This time, from Styrian Grand Prix in the circuit Red Bull Ring, where they "played" as locals on the eighth date of the contest.
Verstappen did an impeccable job, at the height of the one who made his team with the strategy. He started from pole position and never had a problem staying ahead of the pack.
He beat English by more than half a minute Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), that the closest he got to his rival for the crown was when they reached the first corner of the track after the start.
The champion and his team could not counteract the dominance of the Verstappen-Red Bull duo, who achieved their second consecutive success and the fourth of the year after the celebrations in the French GP's, Emilia Romagna y Monaco.
The podium was completed by the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who started from fifth place despite finishing second in Saturday's timed run. The delay in the grid was due to a penalty for his unusual semi-break in the pitlane in Friday's trials.
The Top 5 was completed by the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who arrived half a second behind the Nordic, and the English Lando Norris (McLaren), which came in third in the lot for the first few laps.
The competition was monotonous and uneventful. In fact, the only attractive thing happened in the final laps when Hamilton entered the pits for the second time to wear fresh rubber in search of the lap record, which until then was in the hands of Pérez. The multiple champion achieved his goal and achieved that extra point that allows him to be 18 points behind Verstappen with 15 races remaining.
Hamilton and Mercedes will have to wait a week to get revenge, although they will have to work hard to beat their opponents since the ninth round of the year will be held again at the Red Bull Ring, although this time to contest Austrian Grand Prix.
ESTIRIA GRAND PRIZE RESULTS 2021
|POS.||pilot||CAR||VTAS.||TIME / DIF.||PTS.|
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||1:22:18.925||25|
|4||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||71||+47.434s||12|
|5||4||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 round||10|
|8||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 round||4|
|9||14||ALPINE RENAULT||70||+1 round||2|
|10||22||ALPHATAURI HONDA||70||+1 round||1|
|11||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 round||0|
|12||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||70||+1 round||0|
|13||3||MCLAREN MERCEDES||70||+1 round||0|
|14||31||ALPINE RENAULT||70||+1 round||0|
|15||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||70||+1 round||0|
|16||47||HAAS FERRARI||69||+2 laps.||0|
|17||6||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||68||+3 laps.||0|
|18||9||HAAS FERRARI||68||+3 laps.||0|
AVERAGE: 223,373 km / h. LAP RECORD: Lewis Hamilton, in the 71st, in 1m07s058 at 231,811 km / h.
DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Verstappen, 156 points; 2) Hamilton, 138; 3) Pérez, 96; 4) Norris, 86; 5) Bottas, 74; 6) Leclerc, 58; 7) Sainz, 50; 8) Gasly, 37; 9) Ricciardo, 34; 10) Vettel, 30; 11) Alonso, 19; 12) Stroll, 14; 13) Ocon, 12; 14) Tsunoda, 9; 15) Räikkönen and Giovinazzi, 1.
BUILDERS CUP: 1) Red Bull Racing-Honda, 252 points; 2) Mercedes, 212; 3) McLaren- Mercedes, 120; 4) Ferrari, 108; 5) AlphaTauri-Honda, 46; 6) Aston Martin-Mercedes, 44; 7) Alpine-Renault, 31; 8) Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari, 2.