Sports Desk, Jul 2 (EFE).- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) increased his lead at the top of the Formula One World Championship by winning Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, the ninth of the championship which was held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
Verstappen, 25, signed his 40-second victory in F1, the seventh so far this year, to secure a resounding win by setting the fastest lap on the last lap ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez (Red Bull), who staged the comeback of the day, to start 15th and finish third.
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Lando Norris (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Verstappen, who signed his fifth victory in a row, now leads the championship with 229 points, 81 more than Checo and with 100 points over double world champion Alonso, who is third overall.
The two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton — seven-time world champion — and George Russell, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Pierre Gasly (Alpine) finished ninth on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, where Alonso’s teammate, Lance Stroll scored the last point at stake by finishing tenth.
The next round, the British Grand Prix, will be held next weekend at the Silverstone circuit in England. EFE