SPIELBERG – Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton dominated the Styrian Grand Prix in a Mercedes one-two on Sunday to have a good time his 85th System One win and transfer a step nearer to Michael Schumacher’s file of 91 victories.
Finnish Group mate Valtteri Bottas, winner of final weekend’s season-opener behind closed doorways on the identical Austrian circuit, completed a distant runner-up along with his championship lead lower to 6 factors. Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen accomplished the rostrum on a sunny afternoon at his crew’s dwelling Pink Bull Ring after beginning on the entrance row and being handed by Bottas within the closing levels.
Struggling Ferrari supplied a serious speaking level with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel colliding on the opening lap and each retiring from the race. “What a weird year it is, but it’s great to be back up here, to be driving with this kind of performance,” stated Hamilton, who began from pole place after a sensational lap in a rain-hit qualifying and remained in full management. “I’m so grateful to be back in first place. It feels like a long time coming since the last race last year, and to come back in after a difficult weekend last week is a great, great step forwards.”
The Briton, who wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt on the beginning grid, once more took a knee with different drivers earlier than the beginning as a part of an anti-racism marketing campaign. Sunday’s race was the primary time a circuit has hosted two back-to-back rounds in the identical championship 12 months, with the unique calendar ripped up and rewritten because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bottas, who began fourth and now has 43 factors to Hamilton’s 37, stated his afternoon had been about injury limitation. “I still got good points, still leading (overall) so it’s not too bad. Yesterday wasn’t ideal,” he stated. Pink Bull’s Alex Albon completed fourth with Lando Norris fifth, a outcome that moved the 20-year-old McLaren driver as much as third within the standings, after overtaking each Racing Level drivers on the ultimate lap.
Mexican Sergio Perez was sixth for Racing Level, forward of Canadian crew mate Lance Stroll, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Renault. Spaniard Carlos Sainz accomplished McLaren’s double factors end in ninth and Russian Daniil Kvyat picked up the ultimate level for AlphaTauri.