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F1 | Austrian GP | Race Report: Charles Leclerc wins ahead of Versatppen and Hamilton

It's the second win in a row for the Italian team, but British GP is forced to retire due to an engine issue. Polesitter Verstappen misses out on the third win in two years at the Redbullring, while Hamilton keeps his podium streak going.

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F1 | Austrian GP | Race Report: Charles Leclerc wins ahead of Versatppen and Hamilton
Fuente imagen: Scuderia Ferrari

Charles Leclerc wins the Austrian Grand Prix, his first race win not obtained from pole and the first Ferrari win in Austria since Michael Schumacher's in 2003. Pole sitter Max Verstappen has to be satisfied with P2, while Lewis Hamilton gets the third P3 in a row as Sainz and Perez are both forced to retire.

Alonso is starting last on the grid after yesterday's start issue during the Sprint Race, and decided to take up a new power unit as well,  while Valtteri Bottas is starting from the pitlane after a front wing modification. There was also a last minute brake issue for Lewis Hamilton, but it was fixed on the grid.

Verstappen had a good start that helped him to keep the race lead, as well as Leclerc, still in P2. Sainz instead went wide and was overtaken by George Russell, but quickly recovered his starting position, with Russell having to fend off Perez's overtake attempts. 

At Turn 4, the Mercedes driver and the Red Bull driver make contact, as the latter is forced off track and rejoins the race last after a quick pit check and a tyre change for hards. The Mercedes driver was later awarded with a 5s time penalty for the collision.

Schumacher overtook Lewis Hamilton to get back the qualifying position he had lost in yesterday's Sprint Race, P7 just behind his teammate Kevin Magnussen. At Lap 7 Bottas is the second driver to stop for a tyres change, rejoining the track still in P19.

The first driver to recieve a track limits warning is Lando Norris, as Russell stops to serve his penalty and change his tyres, as well as getting a new front wing.

After closing up the starting 0.7s gap to Verstappen, Leclerc tried to overtake him during Lap 10, but had to back off due to blockage. The Ferrari driver completes the move two laps later at Turn 4, and is notified of the fact thta he has had 2 track limits warnings.

Verstappen pits for hards on Lap 14, rejoining the track behind Norris in P8, while Hamilton returns ahead of Schumacher for provisional P5, and on the lap after he completes a move on the other Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who also stops to pit.

Former race leader Verstappen overtakes Schumacher for P5 after receiving a track limits warning, with the German driver pitting as well but returning on track in P14, behind both McLaren. Perez isn't enjoing his race, down a lap on the rest of the grid and getting a black and white flag.

Verstappen manages to overtake Hamilton for P3 on Lap 19 on the outside, 22s behind race leader Charles Leclerc after a pit stop, whereas neither the Ferraris nor Hamilton appear to be pitting anytime soon.

The first driver who started on hards to stop is Sebastian Vettel, sat before in P9, as Zhou Guanyu and Esteban Ocon battle for P7, joined by Alonso

Ocon, the first midfield driver on mediums to pit, goes on to gain position on Tsunoda as well, while five cars entered Turn 3 fighting for P9 and Magnussen getting the best of them.

On Lap 26 Perez retires, at the same time as Leclerc pits for hards in 2.6s and rejoins the track behind Verstappen, while Sainz is stopped in the following lap. The only drivers yet to pit are Hamilton, Stroll and Alonso.

The Mercedes driver stops for hards during lap 29, but rejoins behind Ocon as he suffered from a slow pit due to issues on his front right tyre. In the meantime, his teammate Russell has recovered to P10 and Leclerc has reduced his gap on Verstappen to 1.5s.

The first driver to get penalized for track limits is AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly, who will have to serve a 5s time penalty, shortly after joined by Lando Norris and Zhou.

On Lap 33 Leclerc returns in the lad of the Austrian GP, as the Red Bull driver laments tyres instability issues. 

Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly make contact at Turn 4, with the German driver spinning in the gravel. The AlphaTauri driver is awarded another 5s of penalty and stops to serve it.

Sainz is showed a black and white flag as well, but has also catched up with Verstappen. However, he doesn't have to complete the move as the Dutch driver stops at the pits for the second time and is also give a lap time to stick around for the last 35 race laps of the afternoon.

An investigation was opened for an incident involving Tsunoda and Alonso, with the latter running off in the grass with half of his car. It was however closed shortly after, leaving Alonso in P16 and with a stop to go as he pitted earlier for hards again.

Russell makes a double move on Stroll and Schumacher for P8, leaving the other two to fight for P9. The Canadian won at first, but was passed on Lap 48 by both Haas.

Both Ferrari drivers pit again for hards, while Latifi is the second driver to retire this afternoon due to damage after an early crash.

The Monegasque driver closes in only a few laps the gap to Verstappen, completing the move on the Dutchman after Turn 3, who laments traction issues. 

Hamilton pits for mediums, but it's a slow stop for the Mercedes driver, which leaves him behind Sainz. The Spanish driver is reducing the gap to Verstappen as well, while Russell returns in the top 6 by overtaking Alonso, on a one stop strategy.

On Lap 56 Sainz has to retire while overtaking the championship leader and holding the fastest lap, as smoke comes out of his engine and the whole car goes on fire. A virtual safety car is issued, as Alonso, Verstappen and Leclerc stop for mediums.

The only Ferrari driver left on track mentions an issue with the throttle pedal as soon as he's back on track. He is told it has been solved shortly after, but he is still not satisfied as Verstappen begins to close the gap to the Monegasque after getting the fastest lap point from Sainz.

What a recovery from Bottas! He has gone from the pit lane to the points, overtaking Albon for P10 on lap 65. However, Alonso came steaming through on fresh mediums to pass both take and take P10 - pending an investigation.

Leclerc's issue appears to be a mechanical one, as he explaines that the pedal keeps getting stuck, but his holding on to his race lead with 2.7s over the Red Bull driver three laps to go, reduced to 2.2s by the last lap.

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