Max Verstappen continues one-man victory at Austrian F1 GP

Max Verstappen’s triumph at the Austrian GP was a resounding affirmation of his dominance, as the roar of engines reverberated through the Styrian mountains. The Red Bull Ring acted as a natural amphitheater, amplifying the chorus of Verstappen’s undeniable success.

His victory in Austria showcased his complete control over the race, leaving Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes frustrated and outshone in their roles as challengers to the championship leader. As the 2023 season progressed, Verstappen and Red Bull continued their celebratory march, captivating the orange-clad fans in Austria. While Verstappen’s performance was yet another masterclass, it had become almost routine and lacked excitement.

Verstappen displayed unwavering composure and authority, remaining unruffled and seemingly invincible. Behind him, there was Charles Leclerc from Ferrari in second place, with Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez impressively recovering from 15th to secure third.

2023 F1 Austrian GP results

PosNoDriverCar/EngineLapsTimeDelay/Retirement
11Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda RBPT711:25’33.607
216Charles LeclercFerrari711:25’38.7625.155
311Sergio PérezRed Bull/Honda RBPT711:25’50.79517.188
44Lando NorrisMcLaren/Mercedes711:25’59.93426.327
514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin/Mercedes711:26’03.92430.317
655Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari711:26’04.98431.377
10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
763George RussellMercedes711:26’22.01048.403
844Lewis HamiltonMercedes711:26’22.80349.196
10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
918Lance StrollAston Martin/Mercedes711:26’32.65059.043
1010Pierre GaslyAlpine/Renault711:26’41.2741’07.667
10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1123Alexander AlbonWilliams/Mercedes711:26’53.3741’19.767
10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1224Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo/Ferrari701:25’58.2401 lap /24.633
132Logan SargeantWilliams/Mercedes701:26’04.9911 lap /31.384
5+10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1431Esteban OconAlpine/Renault701:26’15.7471 lap /42.140
5+10+5+10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1577Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo/Ferrari701:26’16.3841 lap /42.777
1681Oscar PiastriMcLaren/Mercedes701:26’20.1761 lap /46.569
1721Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT701:26’23.3101 lap /49.703
5-second penalty for forcing Kevin Magnussen off the track
5+10-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1820Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari701:26’30.2601 lap /56.653
5-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times
1922Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT701:26’33.4801 lap /59.873
10+5-second penalty for leaving the track without a justifiable reason multiple times

However, what stood out was the significant advantage currently enjoyed by the reigning world champion. Despite briefly falling behind the Ferraris during the race, Hamilton effortlessly overtook them on track, showcasing his superiority. The weekend belonged to him, as he claimed pole positions in both the sprint and grand prix races, along with the ultimate victory.

Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull, praised Verstappen’s outstanding performance throughout the weekend, acknowledging his exceptional pace.

The team’s strategic decision to keep Verstappen out on track during a virtual safety car period, instead of pitting and maintaining track position, paid off. Consequently, when he rejoined the race, Verstappen effortlessly surpassed the Ferraris, showcasing the effectiveness of the team’s approach.

From that point on, Verstappen was untouchable.

In summary, Max Verstappen’s dominant win at the Austrian Grand Prix served as a powerful statement of his control over the race, leaving his rivals in his wake. The weekend showcased his unassailable form and Red Bull’s strategic acumen, further solidifying Verstappen’s position as a force to be reckoned with in the championship.

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