Charles Leclerc wins the Austrian GP at the end of his mechanics

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) won the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix ahead of poleman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) on Sunday 10 July. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) signs on his third podium in a row on the Red Bull Ring circuit ahead of his teammate George Russell. Esteban Ocon finished in fifth place in his Alpine.

The picture had not emerged since the spring of 2003. It is indeed 19 years since a Ferrari had crossed the finish line in Austria at the helm; at the time, the circuit was not owned by Red Bull and was called the A1 Ring, and the Scuderia champion was the Red Baron, Michael Schumacher.

Nearly two decades later, Monegasque Charles Leclerc has taken on the mantle as leader of the Reds. The wearer of number 16 had been referred to the role of foil during the Sprint race last Saturday, when Max Verstappen’s speed was impregnable.

However, the francophone has resources, just like his Italian car. From the 12th lap, a lavish overtaking maneuver became a key moment in the race. Faster than Red Bull, the Ferrari then took over. Even the early stop for the outgoing world champion to stand out did not worry Charles Leclerc, who easily regained the advantage in the 33rd round.

The greatest danger has finally come from within. As he was about to hit the Dutchman, the engine of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari exploded, causing the virtual Safety Car to crash into the pit and a third pit stop for the leading duo.

Then Charles Leclerc reported a defective accelerator pedal. When the pilot had to release the pedal to brake before turning, the part did not return to its starting position; therefore, a light pressure was always put on the accelerator! Fortunately, this problem remained small, and “The Little Prince” was able to hold a few seconds margin.

Places of honor for Haas and Ocon

For the second time in a row, the Haas team placed its two cars in the top 10. An unprecedented achievement for the American team, thanks to a transformed Mick Schumacher since his first point scored at Silverstone the previous week. Son of the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher even allowed the luxury of getting ahead of his more experienced teammate Kevin Magnussen. Identical satisfaction in the McLaren clan, with Lando Norris 7th and Daniel Ricciardo reassured via 9th position.

In the wake of serious concerns on Saturday night due to a fuel pump failure in the deceleration round of the Austrian sprint race, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) was completely reassured and revived this Sunday. The Norman developed for a while at the foot of the podium, but had the wisdom to settle for fifth place after the pair Mercedes.
Starting from the last row after a mechanical breakdown and a replacement of the drive unit, Fernando Alonso had to observe a third unplanned stop at the end of the race and narrowly closed the top 10.

Among the competitors who do not want happy memories of Styria’s green hills is Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). The Habs got not one, but two penalties of five seconds each, one for not respecting the boundaries of the court, the other for sending Sebastian Vettel to spin while fighting for 13th place

In addition to Nicholas Latifi (Williams, anonymous dropout), Sergio Pérez also stopped along the way. The Mexican had been hit by George Russell (Mercedes) in a pinch at first. When his Red Bull was too damaged, the winner of the last Monaco Grand Prix preferred to throw in the towel.

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