F1: Verstappen continues season domination in Austria
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Max Verstappen has dominated at the Red Bull Ring for the second weekend in a row to win the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman led from start to finish to claim his third straight victory and extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship to 32 points.
Valtteri Bottas finally got the better of his Mercedes teammate Hamilton to finish second, while McLaren's Lando Norris drove a superb race to clinch third.
"Incredible to be honest ... the car was on rails," Verstappen said after the race.
"Every tyre we put on it was really enjoyable to drive. I'm a bit amazed today how today went, I didn't expect it to be like this."
Hamilton finished in fourth, but was crucially two spots ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez, allowing Mercedes to close the gap to Red Bull in the constructors' championship.
The race was marred by several five-second penalties handed to Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda.
Red Bull will be rueing two costly time penalties given to Perez that docked him 10 seconds and saw Ferrari's Carlos Sainz leapfrog him into fifth spot.
On two separate occasions, Perez was penalised for pushing Ferrari's Charles Leclerc wide off the track and into the gravel.
Norris fought back superbly to get on the podium after he was also given a five-second penalty for pushing Perez wide off the track on Turn four of the opening lap of the race.
The rising star clearly didn't agree with the penalty.
“What did the guy expect going around the outside?," Norris told team radio when he was informed of his penalty, referring to Perez trying to overtake him.
"It was fun, it was a good race, it was exciting... but I'm disappointed because we should have been second place," he added after the race.
"I thought (the incident) on Lap One was just racing really, he (Perez) tried to go around the outside which is a bit stupid, and he ran off the track himself, I didn't even push him."
Norris pulled off a sensational move to overtake Hamilton, who struggled for pace after his car sustained damage early in the race.
"It's nice to know we can actually race them," Norris said.
"That was probably the first race in many years where we were actually racing a Mercedes and a Red Bull. Hopefully we can keep it up."
Nikita Mazepin and Nicholas Latifi both copped 30-second penalties for failing to adhere to yellow flags on the final lap after a crash involving Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
The race stewards attracted criticism for giving out so many time sanctions, many of which for incidents that viewers believed were simply examples of tough racing.
“Are we racing today or are we just giving out penalties?” Sky Sports commentator David Croft said, criticising the heavy-handed treatment from race officials.
McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh to equal his second-best result of the season.
The Australian drove a very solid race in an encouraging return to form after he finished a disappointing 13th at the same circuit last weekend.
Austrian Grand Prix results: Top 10
1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
3. Lando Norris, McLaren
4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
5. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
6. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
7. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
8. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
9. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
10. Fernando Alonso, Alpine