SPIELBERG (DPA) – Max Verstappen has finished first on the grid for the Styrian Grand Prix.
The Netherlands’ Formula 1 front runner took the win at Red Bull in 1:03,841 minutes and pushed world champion Lewis Hamilton into second at Mercedes. Great Britain’s Lando Norris earned third place at the McLaren in Spielberg, Austria. Valtteri Bottas originally placed second Mercedes, but after a penalty on the grid, the Finn is only fifth at the Grand Prix in the Alps.
For four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Aston Martin, it was enough for only 14th place. The 33-year-old missed the final qualifying class after last week’s positive trend. Mick Schumacher had already retired. After a driving mistake, the Formula 1 newcomer in the Haas Racing car was no more than 19th place.
Sunday (3 p.m. / Sky) Verstappen is in the championship standings on 131 points ahead of Hamilton (119) and Sergio Pérez (84) in the second Red Bull round ahead of the season’s eighth of 23 rounds. Vettel (30) is tenth, with Schumacher still waiting at the first counter in his first season.
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