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Verstappen wins dominant F1 Steiermark GP

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Styrian (Austria), June 27 (IANS) Red Bulls Max Verstappen extended his lead in the Formula 1 World Championship in 2021 with an easy victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix in Styria at the Red Bull Ring here.

Starting from pole position, Verstappen managed the gap to push Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton into second place, leading each lap on its way to its fourth victory in eight races so far this season, Xinhua reports.

“Immediately I felt a good balance in the car,” Verstappen said afterwards.

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“It was good to steer the tires from the start. It felt like I had tires left [at the end of the race]. We kept trying to beat our lap times. It worked really well today. We’re looking at what we can do better and I’m looking forward to next week. It looks really good, we just have to keep going. I am convinced that we can do another good job again. ”

Behind Verstappen, Hamilton took a second in a day where Mercedes had no answer to Red Bull’s pace, though he took the bonus point for the fastest lap after an extra pit stop for fresh rubber in the penultimate lap.

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas rounded the podium places and just held back the charging Red Bulls Sergio Perez, who had previously lost a position in the race after a slow pit stop but quickly closed on Bottas after also making another stop for fresh tires late in the race.

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With his victory, Verstappen extended his lead in the drivers’ championship and now has 156 points. Hamilton remains in second place with 137 points, while Perez remains third at 96. This is also the first time that Mercedes has run four races without a win since the start of F1’s turbo-hybrid era in 2014.

In the constructors’ position, Red Bull is out at 252 points. Mercedes has 211 points in second place, with McLaren some way back in third place at 120.

–IANS

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