The 2021 Austrian Grand Prix, (officially the Formula 1 BWT Großer Preis Von Österreich 2021) was the ninth round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria on July 4 2021.
Max Verstappen took pole position and won for the third race in a row, taking his first career Grand Slam. Valtteri Bottas started from 5th to second with Lando Norris in third, while Lewis Hamilton dropped to fourth after running as high as second after taking floor damage. Meanwhile, Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Pérez was penalized for 10 seconds after forcing Charles Leclerc into the gravel twice, the former having been shoved into the gravel by Norris earlier with Norris receiving a 5s penalty as a result. Despite starting in 8th, George Russell finished 11th in the end after being passed by Fernando Alonso in the closing laps, while Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel both came together on the final lap. The safety car was called out once after Esteban Ocon damaged his suspension on Lap 1.
The full entry list for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:
Eliminated out of Q1 were Raikkonen, Ocon, Latifi, Schumacher and Mazepin.
Russell managed to put in a sensational performance by getting his Williams into Q3 for the first time since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix. Alonso was close to improving his time when he was held up by Vettel. Both Ferraris were knocked out in the session after their medium tire strategy did not work.
Verstappen took his third straight pole position ahead of Norris, with Perez starting in third, while Mercedes could only manage in 4th and 5th.
The full qualifying results for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1||1:04.249||1||1:03.927||1||1:03.720||1|
|3||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||8||1:04.833||6||1:04.483||3||1:03.990||3|
|8||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||10||1:04.846||7||1:04.493||8||1:04.570||11*|
|10||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||13||1:04.927||9||1:04.547||10||1:04.618||9|
|11||55||Carlos Sainz, Jr.||Ferrari||6||1:04.596||11||1:04.559||10|
|15||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||7||1:04.782||15||1:05.083||15|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||16||1:05.009||16|
|107% time: 1:08.746|
- Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
- * Vettel was given a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Alonso at the end of Q2.
The full results for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- * Räikkönen and Vettel were classified as completed 90% race distance.
- † Perez finished fifth, but was given a ten-second (two five-second) post race time penalties for forcing Leclerc off-track twice, dropping him to sixth behind Sainz.
- ‡ Tsunoda was given a five-second post-race time penalty for crossing the white line at pit entry.
- § Stroll was given a five-second post-race time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
- ** Räikkönen was given a 20-second post-race time penalty for causing a collision with Vettel.
- †† Latifi and Mazepin were given 30-second post-race time penalties each for failing to respect double yellow flags. Latifi originally finished 15th, but dropped to 16th as a result of the penalty.
- Debut weekend appearance for Guanyu Zhou.
- 200th race entry for Sergio Pérez.
- 14th win, first Grand Chelem and 50th podium for Max Verstappen.
As Verstappen extended his championship lead from Hamilton to 32 points, the finishing order meant that Red Bull only extended their advantage little from Mercedes, and with Norris closing to within three points of Perez. The only change in the driver standings was Ricciardo getting one point ahead of Gasly.
Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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