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Leclerc wins Austrian GP after battling mechanical points | Autocar India

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Charles Leclerc efficiently fended off Max Verstappen within the closing laps to win on the Pink Bull Ring; Hamilton completes podium.

Charles Leclerc survived a late reliability scare to win the Austrian GP, securing his first victory for the reason that Australian GP in April. Benefitting from Carlos Sainz’ engine failure, Max Verstappen completed second, whereas Lewis Hamilton accomplished the rostrum.

  • Leclerc survives throttle subject to win
  • Verstappen and Hamilton on podium
  • Sainz, Perez retire

Leclerc fends off Verstappen

Verstappen could have gained the Dash Race on Saturday, however Ferrari appeared to have a transparent tempo benefit in Sunday’s race. Leclerc handed Verstappen to maneuver into the lead on lap 12, prompting the Pink Bull driver to pit. He briefly misplaced that lead when he pitted for contemporary tyres, however it didn’t take an excessive amount of time to catch Verstappen and as soon as once more go him for the lead.

However reliability issues hit Ferrari within the closing levels of the race. Whereas the Digital Security Automobile was deployed for Sainz’ stoppage, Leclerc began reporting points together with his throttle downside that made downshifts troublesome.

This allowed Verstappen to shut the hole all the way down to inside 2.Three seconds. However Leclerc survived some tense closing laps to take victory. This fingers Ferrari their second consecutive win, following Sainz’ British GP victory, serving to them put some strain on present championship chief Verstappen. It was additionally a much-needed outcome for Leclerc, who hadn’t been on the rostrum since Miami.

“I undoubtedly wanted that one,” Leclerc admitted. “The final 5 races have been extremely troublesome for myself but in addition for the workforce clearly, and to lastly present that we have got the tempo within the automotive and that we are able to do it’s unimaginable, so we have to push till the top [of the year].”

Explaining what occurred within the closing levels, he mentioned, “the top was extremely troublesome. I had this downside with the throttle and it might get caught at 20 % or 30 % throttle within the low-speed. So it was very tough however we managed to make it stick till the top and I am so blissful.”

Sainz’ engine failure prices Ferrari 1-2 outcome

Ferrari did, nonetheless, lose out on what regarded like a transparent shot at a 1-2 end. Sainz was proper on Verstappen’s tail when he instantly slowed with fireplace on the rear of his Ferrari. This additionally has an affect on Leclerc’s championship struggle; had Sainz completed second, he might have eaten into Verstappen’s lead.

Sainz’ retirement allowed Hamilton to land the ultimate spot on the rostrum for the third time in a row. George Russell completed fourth, having been handed a five-second penalty for colliding with Sergio Perez early within the race.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was fifth. Mick Schumacher scored his greatest F1 outcome but with a sixth place end after overtaking McLaren’s Lando Norris and his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen. Daniel Ricciardo completed ninth for McLaren, whereas Fernando Alonso rounded out the highest 10 after having to pit thrice.

2022 F1 championship standings

Leclerc’s win has helped him shut the hole to Verstappen within the championship by a bit. On the midway level of the season, Verstappen now holds a 38 factors lead. However as we’ve seen previously, it solely takes one unhealthy race to show issues round, so it but stays a good championship battle.

After a brief break, the French GP is up subsequent on July 24.

2022 Austrian GP outcomes

2022 Austrian GP outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
2 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4 George Russell Mercedes
5 Esteban Ocon Alpine
6 Mick Schumacher Haas
7 Lando Norris McLaren
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
10 Fernando Alonso Alpine
11 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
12 Alexander Albon Williams
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
14 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
15 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
17 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
NC Carlos Sainz Ferrari
NC Nicholas Latifi Williams
NC Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing

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