Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish during the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday, July 12, edging his teammate Valtteri Bottas by a huge margin.
The Styrian Grand Prix started with a slippery start because of torrential rain last Saturday. Fortunately, the qualifiers still pushed through, which determined yesterday’s race winner.
The weather in Austria yesterday was fair, and the entire track was dry. The race started with Lewis Hamilton holding pole position, and he never let go of his lead up to the final lap.
Lewis Hamilton sped up to the 85th win of his career
The Mercedes driver has won a Grand Prix in every season he has raced in 14 years in the grid. It is a first of its kind in the racing sport and may not be repeated anytime soon. Hamilton determined the pace of the Styrian Grand Prix and raced all by himself from start to finish.
Max Verstappen was the closest opponent he had on the race. Unfortunately, Hamilton’s pace was just too much for Max to conquer. He was sandwiched between two Mercedes drivers with Bottas trailing him for most of the race. Unfortunately, Max suffered front wing damage, which cost him a second-place finish.
With the win of Hamilton yesterday, he is just six wins shy of Schumacher’s Formula 1 record. It will be a feat he is expected to beat before the end of his career.
Ferraris collide and fail to finish
Mercedes continues with their juggernaut run towards the Constructors’ Championship. While they do this, Ferrari is still figuring out what to do next. Ferrari was fortunate enough to finish with a P2 after an eventful Austrian Grand Prix. Their lucks turned sour right away a week after.
Vettel and LeClerc collided during the first lap of the race. The latter tried to squeeze himself inside turn 3, which rammed Vettel, causing heavy damage on the back wing. Vettel retired his car soon after the first lap. LeClerc, on the other hand, also suffered huge damage on his car floor, which forced him to retire a few laps later.
LeClerc was quick to own up to his mistake as he looks to learn from his errors. It was unfortunate that neither driver was able to use the upgrades introduced on their cars. They will look to recover from this grave mistake on their race this week in Hungary. Earlier reports said that Ferrari would be able to upgrade their cars next week.
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