Formula 1 news - Max Verstappen unstoppable at Styrian Grand Prix to go 18 points clear of Lewis Hamilton
Max Verstappen cruised to victory at the Styrian Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the drivers championship. The Red Bull driver finished 35 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton and is now 18 points ahead of his closest rival. Verstappen is unstoppable at the moment and said: ""It's looking really good, we just have to keep on going. I'm confident we can do another good job again."
Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria.
Max Verstappen cruised to a dominant win at the Styrian Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the driver’s championship to 18 points.
The Red Bull driver hardly put a foot wrong in a powerful and clinical performance, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton struggling to keep pace.
Hamilton finished second some 35 seconds behind Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas capping off an excellent weekend by taking third place. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and McLaren driver Lando Norris made up fourth and fifth place respectively.
“I was trying to keep up but the speed they have, they've obviously made some big improvements over the last couple of races and it's impossible to keep up.
"I don't know where we're losing all the time but I think their long run looks to be a bit better. We lose a lot down the straights.
"We got good points as a team today and we need to keep pushing.
"I try not to concern myself (with Red Bull's momentum). They're just faster. I've got to do my best job I can each weekend and we need to find some performance. We need an upgrade of some sort. We need to find some performance from somewhere."
Elsewhere in the race, British driver George Russell was forced to retire in the 39th lap after a promising start.
Russell was confident of picking up his first points with Williams this weekend and was in pole position to do so, but was the 23-year-old refused to blame his team over the radio.
“No need to apologise, we’re in this together,” he said. “We go again next week – we’ll get the points next week.”