F1: Ferrari’s Leclerc Wins in Austria

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Charles Leclerc revived his Formula One title challenge by holding on to win the Austrian Grand Prix Sunday for his 3rd victory of the season moving up to 2nd overall, while Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz’s hopes of a 2nd-place finish ended when his engine blew.

Despite a late-race scare in which Mr. Leclerc reported his throttle pedal to be sticking, making downshifts difficult and allowing Verstappen to close to within 2.3s, he won for the 1st time since Round 3 at Melbourne, Mr. Verstappen missing out on a 3rd-straight win at the Red Bull Ring.

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 Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen. 24 anni, handed Red Bull a home pole position for Saturday’s sprint race at the Austrian Grand Prix after Mercedes rivals Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crashed in qualifying.

The Dutch driver set his one minute 04.984 2nd lap at the end of a 2-min shootout as the red-flagged session resumed at Spielberg’s scenic Red Bull Ring.

Messrs Hamilton and then Russell had both spun off into the tire barriers in the decisive final phase of qualifying while pushing hard.

Already on provisional pole, Mr. Verstappen then fended off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just 0.029 secs.

Carlos Sainz, who took his 1st F1 win less than a week ago at Silverstone, put his Ferrari third with the top 3 separated by just 0.082.

“It was a very long wait between the two runs,” said Mr. Verstappen after taking the 16th pole of his career and 3rd this season.

Have a super GP race weekend, Keep the Faith!

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