Leclerc wins in Austria

Leclerc wins in Austria


Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) won the Austrian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) after an undecided race until the end. 

Leclerc, victim of accelerator problems, finished less than 2 seconds ahead of the Dutchman who retains the lead in the world championship after 11 contested races. 

< p>The podium is completed by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) following the retirement of the other Ferrari driven by Carlos Sainz Jr whose engine caught fire while trying to snatch 2nd place from Verstappen about ten laps to finish. 

“It was a very good race with good pace. I had a problem with the accelerator and I only had 20 to 30% opening left but I was able to manage it until the end,” said the Monegasque driver after the finish.

He had not finished on the podium in the previous five Grands Prix and saw himself left behind by Verstappen in the championship. 

“It was time” to win another victory, the 3rd of the season for him”, he admitted.

“We suffered with the tires”, indicated for his Verstappen shares.”It's a pity for the fans, I couldn't offer them a victory,” he regretted to the place of the tide of his supporters and those of Red Bull who came to watch the race on the Austrian Spielberg circuit, owned by soda giant Red Bull and the eponymous team.

Sergio Perez's other Red Bull retired early in the race after a collision with George Russell's Mercedes which finished 4th ahead of Frenchman Esteban Ocon's Alpine.

Stroll still painful

The setbacks for Aston Martin and Quebecer Lance Stroll continued as the driver again finished outside the top 10, and therefore, points.

Stroll thus crossed the finish line in 13th place, one lap behind Leclerc.

The moments of rejoicing were very few for the representative of the maple leaf. However, he rode a few seconds in fourth place, around the 30th lap, when he took advantage of the pit stops of all the other drivers to grab a few places. 

He lost them all in s 'stopping in turn.

Stroll can however console himself by saying that he did better than his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who finished the race in 15th place.

The other Canadian in the running, Nicholas Latifi, at Williams, was unable to complete the 71-lap race, having to retire on the 51st lap.