This Sunday, Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) won the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen.
Charles Leclerc is back in the spotlight, after a total of five particularly disappointing Grands Prix for him. This Sunday, the Ferrari driver won the Austrian Grand Prix, eleventh round of the Formula 1 world championship. His third victory of the season, the first since Melbourne last April. The pilot triumphed, on the lands of the Red Bull team, ahead of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), yet started in pole position, while it was Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) who completed the podium, taking third place of the day. Until crossing the line, Leclerc could not be sure of being able to win. Indeed, a few laps before the end of this event, the main interested party complained, on the radio and to his team, of problems with his accelerator. Troubles which more than ever played a role in the end of the race, and less than three small seconds separated Leclerc from Verstappen, at the finish.
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This day could have been catastrophic for Ferrari, gone from tears to laughter in just a few seconds. At the very end of the race, and more precisely about ten laps from the finish, the Spaniard Carlos Sainz, winner of the British Grand Prix last weekend, was forced to retire, after having saw his single-seater literally catch fire, after a problem with his engine, which exploded and forced him to leave the track. The flames were already particularly impressive before the pilot could finally leave his car. An abandonment which led to the arrival of the virtual safety car, during the 57th lap of a race which had a total of 71, and which above all cost the main interested party a podium. At that time, Sainz was even in the fight to steal second place from Verstappen. The second place of the day for the Dutchman, reigning world champion, allows him to retain the lead in the world championship ranking for the specialty.