Sprint Race Report – Verstappen wins sprint race by 21s from Perez

Max Verstappen won the Formula 1 sprint race at the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, prevailing after a brutal lap one battle with team-mate Sergio Perez in wet conditions. Then at Turn 3, Verstappen sent his car back up Perez’s inside from a long way back and the Mexican driver had to take to the run-off, from where he rejoined behind Verstappen. That left Verstappen clear to ease ahead, taking chunks of time from Hulkenberg over the opening phase of the 24-lap race. Hulkenberg initially kept Perez at arm’s length, with Sainz following the second Red Bull closely as the pack behind fell away, but by half distance and with Verstappen nearly 10s clear Perez was able to mount an attack. He had to make a last-lap pass on Esteban Ocon at Turn 1, but Hulkenberg was able to recover back to sixth by the finish.

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