And here it is Charles Leclerc: "I'll let the managers decide. I know how it felt in the car. Before the circuit, he left the hole to get out of that corner. This time it was not, and I had to go broad. It's a shame. "
Some words from Lowwhose adrenaline has to break through the roof right now. – It was such a startling start, but we had a great tempo. [The pass] they just ran, there's nothing bad about it. If that is not allowed, what is the purpose of being in F1? "
Managers will investigate …
Charles Leclerc comes in the second – and in five seconds – as it was announced that the managers would look at the moment he lost leadership. Valtteri Bottas is third, Vettel fourth, Hamilton in fifth place.
MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE AUSTRIAN GP!
What a return. What a victory. What a race. Formula 1, boring? Do me a favor.
Circle 70: Leclerc was furious about team radio because he was swirling from the rails in that exchange – but it seemed like a fair race. He was defeated by Verstappen's extraordinary power of will. Going further down the field, Vettel overcame Hamilton and left the quarters!
Circuit 69: VERSTAPPEN WINDS !!! Another DRS wave from Verstappen comes through the interior of Ferrari. There is a wheel hammer, and Leclerc works widely – and Red Bull has the lead. Amazing scenes …
Circle 68: They're wheel on wheels! Verstappen tries to hit out, and sparks fly as they merge! They are neck and neck, but Leclerc retains it. Verstappen sets DRS – surely it is – but Leclerc retains it! What a drama!
Circle 67 of 71: Five laps to go, and the leaders go through Gasly. Verstappen is immediately on Leclerc's tail, and Ferrari has to close the door twice in that cunning turn. Verstappen will get another chance …
Circle 66 of 71: Leclerc must pass next to Gas, with a gap of almost a second! "Suddenly, one second," warns Ferrari's radio. "Leave me alone" is a short answer.
Circle 65 of 71: Otherwise, Vettel is approaching Hamilton – just 1.4 seconds behind. This is extremely rare for Mercedes.
Circuit 64 of 71: The gap is reduced to 2.3 seconds with increased traffic – including the Verstappen teammate Pierray Gasly! Unless the tires are released, Verstappen will have a chance …
Circle 63 of 71: Leclerc has endured it as he began to plow the tie line – Verstappen reduced the gap for three seconds! Will Leclerc be again deprived of the first win?
Circle 62 of 71: – Hot pacing, Max. Sometimes, the job of a team principal is pretty simple.
Circle 61 of 71: The gap closes for four seconds, while the two Mercedes are away and Vettel trio behind Hamilton. Which of the last 10 circles can be …
Circuit 59 of 71: Leclerc seems to have enough time to work – another 4.2 seconds – but his tires are several laps older. Talking about it, Verstappen is 17 days older than Leclerc.
Circuit 58: Leclerc puts himself in the best of the best that Verstappen takes the fastest lap of Vettel. The original first row, 21, will go to the gamut flag …
Circuit 57: More good news for Red Bull as Pierre Gasly, who has largely fallen into the line, goes to seventh place. Christian Horner reports that there has been a problem with the exhaust center. I feel long ago.
Circuit 56: The problem is suddenly resolved, Verstappen sees his chance – and gets caught up in Botta on a narrow, uphill go else!
Round 55: Verstappen loses strength! Shocked faces in the Red Bull garage as the message comes. The garage asks him to run some tests – and that seems to make a trick …
Circuit 54: The question is how long Verstappen can keep this incredible speed on its current tire set. Vettel, warming up his new set, sets the new fastest lap. Later he will look for a place on the stand.
Circuit 52: Verstappen is now approaching Botta! This was an exciting ride after this terrible start. He was barely behind for now and six seconds ahead of him …
Circuit 51: Vettel is entering the pit to change tires and returns to the 5th place behind Hamilton.
Circle 50: Will this be the third time for Verstappen? This time is much closer and although Vettel keeps it in the first corner, the Dutchman has too much in the tank and crosses him on the trip of the troika. The audience is wild!
Circuit 49: "Let's do it" is a Red Bull radio call while racing in the first row. Vettel just wants to turn him down, using all of his experience. Leclerc heads the Bottas for 4.4 seconds.
Circle 48: Verstappen now has his DRS available, and Red Bull calls him to try Vettel for the turn, where he has a "significant advantage". It is now firmly in the German back view …
Circuit 47: Leclerc and Vettel move faster than Bottas in the second. Ferrari and Red Bull seem to have been smarter than Mercedes in assessing the track temperature.
Circuit 46: Hamilton here does not seem to clash unless he has a safety car. He's in 13 seconds behind Verstappen.
Circuit 44: Verstappen set the fastest lap and approaching Vettel with DRS in his hand. McLaren asks Norris to try to keep Ricciarda (and Red Bull's Gasly) behind him. "Forever?" Pita confused driver. Always and forever.
Circle 42: Norris finally overrules Ricciardo and sixth, though the first five are now in the distance. Sainz finally comes in and returns to the 14th place.
Circuit 40: Mercedes still believes that the race must be won here, and the field is expected to reappear in later stages. Verstappen is on the move, closing for 2.5 seconds from third Vettel.
Circuit 39: Ricciardo is still not invited by Renault and under serious pressure from Norris and Gaslie. The Australian must be careful not to take over the McLaren driver.
Circuit 37: Hamilton has not yet returned to full throttle, and Verstappen lags behind in eight seconds. Long way back to place on the podium.
Circuit 36: Meanwhile, Leclerc moves first – sets the fastest lap, and his advantage over Bottas is five seconds.
Circuit 35: At half-time, and that was a great first half of Ferrari – that pit-stop shift to the side. Norris, who will return to sixth place after Sainz and Ricciardo asks, went to middle tires, which will be interesting in the last few laps.
Circle 34 of 71: After that burst of drama based on the pits, here are the top 10, and Leclerc has returned to the beginning of the pack:
1. Leclerc 2. Bottas 3. Vettel 4. Verstappen 5. Hamilton 6. Sainz 7. Ricciardo (still in the pit) 8. Norris 9. Gasly 10. Raikkonen
Circle 32 of 71: Remove short lines before corrosion and switch to hard rubber. He returns to the fourth in the sandwich between Vettel and Hamilton.
Circle 31 of 71: It was a 11-second stop – not bad in any way – but Hamilton appears in fifth place, behind Vettel flying, setting a new fastest lap!
Circle 30 of 71: Hamilton comes in, and will need to change his front wing! The speed with which Mercedes can do this can be crucial, even though it has already lost a lot of time …
Circle 28 of 71: Hamilton has a problem with his front wing, and may need to be replaced when he is pit. He continues to lead, but loses time – and can end up behind his colleague Bottas when he returns to the right path.