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Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix

Max again: Max Verstappen took the chequered flag for the second year in a row.

Max again: Max Verstappen took the chequered flag for the second year in a row.   | Photo Credit: LEONHARD FOEGER

Mercedes loses for the first time this season

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday, subject to a stewards’ investigation, while champion Mercedes lost for the first time this season.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, starting on pole, finished second after defending hard against Verstappen with the two youngsters banging wheels as the Dutchman forced his way past three laps from the end.

Both 21, the pair was the youngest top-two finishers in Formula One history. Verstappen took the chequered flag, but still faces an anxious wait for confirmation.

Valtteri Bottas finished third for Mercedes with championship-leading teammate Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous four races, fifth and behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Five-time world champion Hamilton remains well in front in the standings, 31 clear of Finland’s Bottas after nine of the 21 races.

The victory was the first for a Honda-powered car since Britain’s Jenson Button won in Hungary in 2006 for the Japanese manufacturer’s own team, and a welcome antidote to last weekend’s dull French Grand Prix.

It also ended Mercedes’s run of 10 wins in a row, and eight this season.

“For Honda to win again here is incredible,” said Verstappen. “It’s hard racing, otherwise we have to stay at home. If those things are not allowed in racing, then what’s the point of being in Formula One,” he added when asked about the summons to the stewards for the overtake on Leclerc.

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