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Lewis Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix
July 13, 2020 | 2:33 PM
by DW
Hamilton avoided the problems that hampered his race on this track last week, to finish ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who passed Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in the closing stages.
 
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Vienna: Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory at the Styrian Grand Prix after leading from pole to flag in the Austrian mountains, but it was a nightmare race for the Ferraris.

Hamilton avoided the problems that hampered his race on this track last week, to finish ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who passed Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in the closing stages.

However, it was a crash between Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel that will keep this race in the memory. Leclerc’s ill-advised attempt to pass Vettel took out the German and caused floor damage to his own car too, forcing him out before the sixth lap.

Leclerc immediately apologised for the maneuver, saying he had let down the Ferrari team.



Drive of the day

Sergio Perez. Despite making a mistake at the end of the race that cost him a place, the Mexican driver did the most overtaking, including a ding-dong battle with his Racing Point teammate Lance Stroll. He only beat Stroll by a whisker in the end, but it was a great performance overall from Perez. Lando Norris, who finished fifth after a breathless final lap, also deserves an honorable mention.



Biggest controversy The Ferrari debacle

Charles Leclerc is a talented young driver but his move on Vettel showed his inexperience. The track was packed with drivers just after lights out, and Leclerc needed to show some calmness and composure. Instead, he took himself and his teammate out of the race, and the recriminations at Ferrari will begin straight away.

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