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Charles Leclerc outduels Max Verstappen to win Austrian Grand Prix, thrusts himself back into championship race

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It wasn’t straightforward for the Ferrari driver as he needed to overtake Crimson Bull’s Verstappen 3 times to say his first spot atop the rostrum for the reason that Australian GP in April.

Regardless of points together with his throttle close to the top of the race, Leclerc was in a position to maintain on, ending 1.532 seconds forward of second place.

The victory ends a rotten run of type for the 24-year-old — having missed out on the rostrum within the earlier 5 races.

It additionally cuts Verstappen’s lead on the prime of the driving force’s championship standings to 38 factors because the Ferrari driver strikes into second place forward of Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez.

After the race, Leclerc harassed how essential the victory was for him.

“It was a very good race,” a relieved Leclerc mentioned. “The tempo was there, originally, we had some good fights with Max and the top was extremely tough. I had this drawback with the throttle and it will get caught at 20 or 30% throttle within the low velocity, so it was very difficult however we managed to make it stick till the top and I am so, so completely happy.

“I undoubtedly wanted that one. I imply, the final 5 races have been extremely tough for myself but additionally for the workforce clearly, and to lastly present that we have got the tempo within the automotive and that we will do it’s unimaginable, so we have to push till the top.”

It may very effectively have been a Ferrari one-two however, as the top of the race approached, with 14-laps to go, a hearth broke out in Carlos Sainz’s automotive on account of an engine failure, ending his race prematurely.

“It is tough to search out the suitable phrases,” Sainz wrote on Twitter. “A 1-2 was fairly easy however we needed to retire. Good quantity of factors misplaced for each championships however I am feeling higher and higher within the automotive. Congrats to Charles for the win! We’ll maintain pushing.”
Leclerc crosses the finish line to win the Austrian Grand Prix.

Regardless of being again by hundreds of Dutch followers, Verstappen was unable to say what would have been a third-straight victory on the Crimson Bull Ring, Leclerc’s velocity simply an excessive amount of for him to deal with.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was the beneficiary of Sainz’s retirement, as he moved from fourth to 3rd.

Regardless of a torrid begin to the season, it is the 37-year-old’s third podium end in a row, as he improved from his eighth place beginning spot.