Max Verstappen resists McLaren's onslaught to take the Austrian sprint

Despite the pressure put on by Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at the start of the race, Max Verstappen won the sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix this Saturday.

Published on 29/06/2024 à 12:36

Jeremy Satis

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Max Verstappen resists McLaren's onslaught to take the Austrian sprint

Max Verstappen wins the Austrian sprint. © Antonin Vincent / DPPI

  • Not all sprint races are always good, but this one was quite nice to watch. “Spicy” will even end up saying Max Verstappen. In any case at least the first few rounds. Started on pole ahead of both McLaren, the Dutchman used his experience and his mischief to win his third sprint of the year in as many races, after Shanghai and Miami.
  • However, it was not for lack of being attacked and put in danger in the first part of the race by the McLaren drivers. Lando Norris, his main opponent in recent weeks, spent the first four laps in his gearbox, before deciding to finally attack. The Briton finally went there on the 5th lap, diving superbly from very far in T3. Except that the Dutchman responded at the next corner, also taking the inside line.
  • Behind, as a privileged spectator, Oscar piastri collected the crumbs and took the opportunity to pass his teammate Lando Norris. If the Australian was close to the Batavian in the process, he was never able to really attack him, before finally being taken down.

  • To see the fight afterwards, we had to wait until the 8th round, the moment chosen by George Russell to come back Carlos Sainz in T4, the pilot Ferrari having previously overtaken him in the first lap. Mercedes and Ferrari were also neutralized, finishing in a row from 4th to 7th position to the advantage of the silver arrows, who seemed a little faster.
  • Charles Leclerc, who started 10th due to the triggering of his anti-stall the day before in SQ3, regained three positions on the first lap, taking the best of the two Alpine when the lights went out, and overtaking Sergio Pérez a few turns further in the second sector to finish 7th. The Mexican also won the last point at stake today in 8th position.
  • Parts 8th and 9th, both Alpine were overtaken by Kevin Magnussen a pair Lance stroll, finishing in 11th and 12th place. Fernando Alonso, whose performances have been strange for several weeks, finished 16th, beaten by his Canadian teammate.
  • A few minutes after the finish, the commissioners sanctioned Nico Hulkenberg of 10 seconds penalty, following his muscular maneuver on Fernando Alonso at the end of the race. By overtaking the Spaniard, the German pushed him off the track at turn 3. With this penalty, the driver Haas fall from 14th to 19th place.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

29/06/2024 at 12:54 a.m.

Spicy...yes for the first 8 rounds but fu...boring for the rest!

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