Formula 1: Russell takes shock victory in Austria

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A late race clash between pole-sitter Max Verstappen and Lando Norris saw a resurgent Mercedes squad claim an unexpected victory ad George Russell snatched victory from the jaws of defeat ahead of McLaren’s Oscar Piastri and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. With 19 laps remaining, the drama kicked off as an uncharacteristically slow stop from the Red Bull team saw Verstappen’s lead shrivel as the red-hot Norris jumped at the chance to take the fight to the leader.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from Austria as Russell snatches victory after dramatic Verstappen/Norris clash

As both drivers fought for the lead, everything came to a head on lap 64 when the two made contact, sending them limping back to the pits for fresh rubber as tire punctures hindered their ability to fight on. With the two leaders effectively out of the running for the win, a surprised Mercedes team saw George Russell take over the lead of the race which he held despite a challenge from Piastri to secure his second victory in Formula 1. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton would go on to finish 3rd and 4th ahead of Verstappen, who after pitting for new tires, would finish in 5th place – two places above teammate Sergio Perez – despite a 10sec time penalty being assessed for his role in the Norris dust-up. Norris would go on to retire after the incident and would be classified 20th, 7 laps down from Russell.

Nico Hulkenberg would go on to finish 6th in his Haas machine, outpacing Sergio Perez in the final laps, while Perez would hold off Hulkenberg’s teammate for eighth as Magnussen improved for a point finish after starting outside the top-10. Daniel Ricciardo would also improve on his starting spot, the RB driver finishing 9th overall as he finished just ahead of the Alpine of Pierre Gasly.

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163George RussellMERCEDES711:24:2325
281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES711.906s18
355Carlos SainzFERRARI714.533s15
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES7123.142s12
51Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT7137.253s10
627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI7154.088s8
711Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT7154.672s6
820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI7160.355s4
93Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT7161.169s2
1010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT7161.766s1
1116Charles LeclercFERRARI7167.056s0
1231Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT7168.325s0
1422Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT701 lap0
1523Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES701 lap0
1677Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI701 lap0
1724Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI701 lap0
1814Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES701 lap0
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES692 laps0
204Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES647 laps0

The final leg of this mid-season triple header sends teams north to Silverstone for the Qatar Airways British Grand Prix. Home to many of the current grid, the former airfield-turned-race circuit boats some of the quickest corners on the calendar and is a fan favorite year after year. Check out all the action this weekend with coverage on track beginning at 12:30 local time.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
July 5thPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Practice 216:00 – 17:00
July 6thPractice 311:30 – 12:30
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
July 7thRace15:00