F1 Austrian Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins from Bottas

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, the ninth race of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship season, as title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes could only finish fourth.

F1 Austrian Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins from Bottas

Verstappen led from the start, as team-mate Sergio Perez went off while trying to pass McLaren’s Lando Norris for second at Turn 4 soon after a safety car restart. Norris received a five-second time penalty for the incident.

Hamilton took 20 laps to pass Norris for second, by which time Verstappen was 10s ahead. Hamilton then picked up car damage that affected his pace, and was passed by team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Norris, dropping back to fourth.

2021 Austrian Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Interval Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 71 -     26
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas 71 17.973 17.973 17.973 18
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 71 20.019 20.019 2.046 15
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 71 46.452 46.452 26.433 12
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 71 57.144 57.144 10.692 10
6 Mexico Sergio Perez 71 57.915 57.915 0.771 8
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 71 1'00.395 1'00.395 2.480 6
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc 71 1'01.195 1'01.195 0.800 4
9 France Pierre Gasly 71 1'01.844 1'01.844 0.649 2
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 70 1 lap     1
11 United Kingdom George Russell 70 1 lap      
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 70 1 lap      
13 Canada Lance Stroll 70 1 lap      
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 70 1 lap      
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi 70 1 lap      
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 70 1 lap      
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 69        
18 Germany Mick Schumacher 69 2 laps      
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 69 2 laps      
  France Esteban Ocon 0        

How the Austrian Grand Prix unfolded

From pole position, Verstappen led Norris, Perez, Hamilton and Bottas. Further back, Esteban Ocon was sandwiched by Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi at Turn 3, damaging his right-front suspension and bringing out the safety car to recover his stranded Alpine.

At the restart, Perez attacked Norris at Turn 1. Perez ran wide on the exit and failed to get ahead, but he tried again on the outside at Turn 4 where Lando stood firm in his defence and Sergio ran wide into the gravel, sending him tumbling to 10th.

Behind them, the Mercedes duo briefly swapped places but Hamilton reestablished his position, now up to third.

Hamilton caught Norris, attacking from Lap 10 as Verstappen pulled five seconds clear. It took Hamilton 10 laps to find a way past, just as Norris received a five-second time penalty from the stewards for his earlier incident with Perez.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was the first of the top 10 to stop, sacrificing his seventh position to jettison his soft tyres – a move followed by sixth-placed team-mate Pierre Gasly a lap later.

Ferrari’s Leclerc pulled a great, clean pass on Perez at Turn 4 on Lap 15, while Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) passed the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel for fifth three laps later.

Norris and Bottas pitted together on Lap 31, Bottas moving ahead as Norris had to serve his five-second time penalty. Hamilton pitted a lap later, with Verstappen responding on the following tour and he rejoined over 13s ahead in the lead.

Hamilton picked up damage on his left-rear corner, which allowed Bottas to close. Initially he was told not to pass Hamilton, but with Norris closing on him, Bottas was told he was free to race his team-mate. He then received a team order, allowing him to pass Hamilton uncontested on Lap 52.

Norris passed Hamilton for third at Turn 6 on Lap 54, prompting Hamilton to make a second pitstop.

The real battle as the race entered its second half was Gasly versus Ricciardo, Perez and Leclerc. At Turn 4, Leclerc attacked Perez around the outside and he hit him twice, sending the Ferrari into the gravel. That resulted in a five-second time penalty for Perez.

A few laps later, after Gasly pitted for the second time on Lap 46, and then Perez and Leclerc clashed once more at Turn 6, with Leclerc again visiting the gravel. Perez picked up another five-second time penalty but did find a way past Ricciardo, to allow him to gain time with his 10s of penalties.

Verstappen won by over 17s, after making an extra pitstop to ensure the point for fastest lap, over Bottas and Norris. Hamilton finished fourth, ahead of the penalized Perez. Ferrari allowed Sainz to pass Leclerc to attack Ricciardo.

Sainz grabbed sixth from Ricciardo at the final lap at Turn 6, which became fifth (by 0.8s) when Perez’s penalties were applied, with Leclerc and Gasly finishing eighth and ninth behind Ricciardo.

Williams’s George Russell and Fernando Alonso fought out a great duel for the final point, with Alonso grabbing it with five laps to go. 

Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Vettel came together exiting Turn 6 on the last lap, both crashing out through the gravel.

2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 62 1'06.200     234.815
2 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 70 1'07.762 1.562 1.562 229.402
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 1'08.126 1.926 0.364 228.177
4 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 54 1'08.146 1.946 0.020 228.110
5 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 55 1'08.192 1.992 0.046 227.956
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 1'08.374 2.174 0.182 227.349
7 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 70 1'08.405 2.205 0.031 227.246
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 51 1'08.420 2.220 0.015 227.196
9 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 54 1'08.455 2.255 0.035 227.080
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 62 1'08.471 2.271 0.016 227.027
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 62 1'08.520 2.320 0.049 226.865
12 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 54 1'08.659 2.459 0.139 226.405
13 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 55 1'08.698 2.498 0.039 226.277
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 56 1'08.820 2.620 0.122 225.876
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 69 1'08.874 2.674 0.054 225.699
16 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 56 1'08.900 2.700 0.026 225.613
17 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 55 1'09.042 2.842 0.142 225.149
18 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 56 1'09.394 3.194 0.352 224.007
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 49 1'09.757 3.557 0.363 222.842

2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix tyre history

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull M 35 H 28 H 11
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes M 33 H 41    
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren M 33 H 41    
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes M 34 H 22 H 18
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari H 48 M 26    
6 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull M 35 H 39    
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren M 29 H 42    
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari M 37 H 37    
9 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri S 16 H 32 H 26
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine M 32 H 38    
11 United Kingdom George Russell Williams M 33 H 40    
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri S 15 H 39 H 19
13 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin S 17 H 32 H 24
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo M 1 H 28 H 41
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams M 33 H 37    
16 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo H 37 M 33    
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin S 20 H 32 H 20
18 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas M 34 H 35    
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas M 27 H 18 H 24
  France Esteban Ocon Alpine M 0        
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