How Leclerc beat Verstappen in Red Bull’s backyard after F1 sprint defeat
Charles Leclerc had to give second best to Max Verstappen in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring and then followed him home in Saturday's sprint race. But the Ferrari ace remained hopeful of turning the tables on Sunday and delivered in confident fashion with three on-track passes on the reigning world champion. Here's how Leclerc secured a morale-boosting win after a run of difficult results
Three days in Austria reaffirmed that Ferrari still has plenty to address before it’s on a truly even footing with Red Bull. Team orders indecision and pitstop strategy leave plenty to be desired, while a big question mark continues to loom over reliability.
Those shortcomings ensured the Scuderia didn’t inflict maximum damage on points leader Max Verstappen and his team last weekend. Nevertheless, it has now won two races in a row. And this time, Charles Leclerc triumphed on enemy soil because he executed the race brilliantly in a car that was demonstrably the pick of the litter.
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