Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 GP sprint race from Leclerc and Sainz

The Red Bull driver secured a dominant victory from pole to flag at his team’s home race at the Red Bull Ring while behind him Ferrari’s challenge once more turned into an intra-team scrap that the Scuderia must resolve if they are to have any chance of taking the fight to the Dutchman on Sunday. Verstappen beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz into second and third over the 24-lap race that decides the grid for Sunday’s main race. In doing so he has further extended his lead in the drivers’ standing. The pair exchanged places on the opening lap as Sainz passed Leclerc to take second. Ferrari did not impose any team orders, for which they should be lauded but with Leclerc their only driver realistically in position to chase down Verstappen in the title race, they may have to be more ruthless on Suntoday. With eight points for the win Verstappen now leads teammate Pérez, who was fifth, by 38 points and Leclerc by 44.

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