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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
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Formula 1 Austrian GP
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The VSC tactic that encouraged Red Bull to lose the lead in Verstappen's Austrian GP triumph

For the first time since midway through the Miami Grand Prix back in May, Max Verstappen wasn’t the leader of a Formula 1 race. But, in truth, it was an active call by Red Bull to ensure a smooth route to victory in the Austrian GP and in the process both team and driver underlined their current domination

Really, the thing that went the most wrong for Red Bull last Sunday at Formula 1’s 2023 Austrian Grand Prix was its pre-race jetpack demonstration. Having blasted at irritating volume around the track pointlessly wasting energy, one pilot lost control between the two final corners of the Red Bull Ring and wiped out on the course. But he was soon back on his feet and waving to the crowd.

Much the same could be said of Max Verstappen having to chase down and pass Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take his fifth successive win. The Dutchman’s fifth victory at his team’s home track provided another homage to the late Dietrich Mateschitz and was sealed in front of the Red Bull co-founder’s son Mark and the company’s new marketer-in-chief Oliver Mintzlaff.

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