Max Verstappen extended his Formula 1 world championship lead to 18 points with a commanding Styrian Grand Prix victory ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen’s Red Bull simply edged away from Hamilton’s Mercedes throughout, establishing an early 3s lead that became 6s heading into the first pitstops and went into double figures in the closing stages, before Hamilton made a penultimate lap stop so he could grab fastest lap.
The result is Red Bull’s fourth win in a row and Verstappen’s own fourth victory of the 2021 season.
The top two’s team-mates Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas were caught up behind Lando Norris’s McLaren for the first dozen laps, falling 13s off the lead in the process before they both passed Norris with uncontested moves into Turn 3.
Bottas then jumped Perez for third with a faster pitstop, but Red Bull brought Perez in for a second pitstop for fresh mediums with 16 laps left.
That allowed him to temporarily snatch the fastest lap bonus point away from Hamilton, and gave Perez a shot at catching Bottas again on fresher tyres. Though he was within half a second of the Mercedes at the flag, he had out of time to try a pass.
Norris had a lonely run to fifth once overtaken by Perez and Bottas. That was again much better than the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo fared. He got up from 13th to ninth on lap one, lost all those positions to a brief drop in power, then tumbled to 15th as running a very long first stint failed to pay off. Passes on Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi salvaged 13th.
That meant McLaren was still outscored by Ferrari, its rival for third in the championship. Carlos Sainz ran the same strategy as Ricciardo to much better effect, jumping from 10th to seventh through the pitstop window before overtaking Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin for sixth and homing in towards Norris late on.
Sainz’s team-mate Charles Leclerc picked up first-corner wing damage from clipping Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri, before a charging drive back to seventh that included another incident with Kimi Raikkonen.
Verstappen gets a clean start and leads, Hamilton second
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 27, 2021
Gasly sustained a puncture in the Leclerc incident, then had further contact with both Giovinazzi (who was spun) and Nicholas Latifi (who got a puncture) at the top of the hill, leaving the AlphaTauri with terminal damage.
Gasly suffered a puncture in the opening-lap tangles and limps back to the pits
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 27, 2021
Stroll held sixth for much of the race before the Ferraris overtook him. He resisted Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda for eighth, while Sebastian Vettel was on course for 10th before being passed by Leclerc and later fell behind Raikkonen too.
|Pos||Name||Car||Laps||Laps Led||Total Time||Fastest Lap||Pitstops||Pts|
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||71||71||1h22m18.925s||1m08.017s||1||25|
|4||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||71||0||+47.434s||1m07.894s||2||12|
|5||Lando Norris||McLaren-Mercedes||70||0||+1 lap||1m08.903s||1||10|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||70||0||+1 lap||1m08.609s||1||8|
|7||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||70||0||+1 lap||1m08.738s||2||6|
|8||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.787s||1||4|
|9||Fernando Alonso||Alpine-Renault||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.749s||1||2|
|10||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri-Honda||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.65s||1||1|
|11||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.128s||1||0|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.821s||1||0|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren-Mercedes||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.305s||1||0|
|14||Esteban Ocon||Alpine-Renault||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.576s||1||0|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||70||0||+1 lap||1m09.723s||1||0|
|16||Mick Schumacher||Haas-Ferrari||69||0||+2 laps||1m10.005s||1||0|
|17||Nicholas Latifi||Williams-Mercedes||68||0||+3 laps||1m10.104s||2||0|
|18||Nikita Mazepin||Haas-Ferrari||68||0||+3 laps||1m10.951s||1||0|