THE BALL – Leclerc wins Austrian GP (Formula 1)

Charles Leclerc, in Ferrari, won the 35th edition of the Austrian Grand Prix, the 19th at Spielberg. The Monegasque, in round 11 of this championship with 22 races, surpassed Max Verstappen, in Red Bull, after 71 laps of the Spielberg circuit, adding only the 1st success in Formula 1 without starting from pole – 2 .th position in yesterday’s sprint, behind the reigning champion and commander of the 2022 World Cup, sent him to 2nd on the starting grid.

For Leclerc, 3rd victory of the season and, more importantly, recovery from 2nd position in the Drivers’ World Championship and reduction of the handicap for Verstappen, from 44 points to 38. In Austria, in 3rd, for the 3rd time consecutive this year, Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes. At the Red Bull Ring, 71 very busy laps: the 7 leaders and the 6 changes at the top of the standings confirm it!

Strategically, Ferrari more successful than Red Bull, but the Scuderia suffered to celebrate Leclerc’s victory. On lap 57, when he was attacking Verstappen and looking to gain 2nd position, benefiting from the accelerated degradation of Max’s RB18 tires, the other Scuderia driver, Carlos Sainz, retired from the grand prix, with the single seater’s power unit on fire. . Almost simultaneously, Charles reported problems with the accelerator to the team, which persisted until the checkered flag.

Further back, many fights. Voted by the fans as the «driver of the day», Mick Schumacher scored points in Formula 1 for the 2nd time – and consecutively! –, finishing the Austrian Grand Prix in 6th position, the best result of his career, after 8th place in Great Britain.

Round 12 of the World Cup, the French Grand Prix, takes place on the 24th, at the Circuit de Paul Ricard, in Le Castellet.

Ratings:

1st Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1:24.24, 312 hours

2nd Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT, +1.532 s

3rd Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +41,217 s

4th George Russell, Mercedes, +58,972 s

5th Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault, +1,08,436 m

6th Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari, +1 lap

7th Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes, +1 lap

8th Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari, +1 lap

9th Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes, + 1 lap

10th Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault, +1 lap

11th Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, +1 lap

12th Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes, + 1 lap

13th Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes, + 1 lap

14th Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, +1 lap

15th Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +1 lap

16th Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +1 lap

17th Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes, +1 lap

18th Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, Abandono

19th Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes, Abandon

20th Sergio Pérez, Red Bull-RBPT, Retirement

Fastest lap: Max Verstappen, in Red Bull-RBPT, with 1.07.275 m on lap 62, at an average speed of 231.063 km/h

Drivers World Cup:

1st Max Verstappen, 208 points

2nd Charles Leclerc, 170 points

3rd Sergio Perez, 151 points

4th Carlos Sainz, 133 points

5th George Russell, 128 points

6th Lewis Hamilton, 109 points

7th Lando Norris, 64 points

8th Esteban Ocon, 52 points

9th Valtteri Bottas, 46 points

10th Fernando Alonso, 29 points

11th Kevin Magnussen, 22 points

12th Daniel Ricciardo, 17 points

13th Pierre Gasly, 16 points

14th Sebastian Vettel, 15 points

15th Mick Schumacher, 12 points

16th Yuki Tsunoda, 11 points

17th Zhou Guanyu, 5 points

18th Alexander Albon, 3 points

19th Lance Stroll, 3 points

20th Nicholas Latifi, 0 points

21st Nico Hülkenberg, 0 points

World of Constructors:

1st Red Bull-RBPT, 359 points

2nd Ferrari, 303 points

3rd Mercedes, 237 points

4th McLaren-Mercedes, 81 points

5th Alpine-Renault, 81 points

6th Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 51 points

7th Haas-Ferrari, 34 points

8th AlphaTauri-RBPT, 27 points

9th Aston Martin-Mercedes, 18 points

10th Williams-Mercedes, 3 points

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