Formula 1: Charles Leclerc blows up the Oranje party

Charles Leclerc wins Ferrari at the Red Bull Ring. Photo: AFP / JOHANN GRODER

No victory celebration for Dutch fans. Verstappen is second in Spielberg, defeated by his main rival for the World Cup. Leclerc’s success is overshadowed by a burning Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc dropped Max Verstappen’s Oranje party at the Red Bull Ring, Mick Schumacher was able to celebrate points after another great ride. The 23-year-old German raced a strong sixth place at the Ferrari Leclerc before Verstappen on Sunday. After scoring points for the premiere a week ago in eighth place, Mick Schumacher achieved his best result to date in his 32nd Formula 1 race – eight consecutive points were awarded to the Haas driver.

The Leclerc proved invincible, much to the disappointment of the tens of thousands of Dutch who traveled there, despite a stiff accelerator in the final stages. His teammate Scuderia Carlos Sainz, the British triumphant winner seven days earlier, retired to the podium course. Only with difficulty he managed to save from the Ferrari rolling backwards and on fire. In addition to Mick Schumacher, the record-breaking world champion Lewis Hamilton benefited from this, who unexpectedly took the podium with his Mercedes as third.

Verstappen only lost six points in the standings. His advantage over the new, second Leclerc is 38 points. Third is Sergio Perez, who retired in the second Red Bull race in the home Grand Prix of billionaire racing team Dietrich Mateschitz.

It is said that there were sexist, racist and homophobic insults

Already in the formation lap, orange smoke was rising on the track, only 4.318 km long. Mood makers from the Netherlands have turned the Styrian Grand Prix weekend into a non-stop event since Thursday – albeit with extremely unpleasant background noise. According to reports, especially from female fans, there were racist, homophobic and sexist insults, Formula 1 wrote of “utterly unacceptable comments.”

During the race, Verstappen fans wearing orange shirts had to tremble quickly. The world champion and leader of the championship took pole position on Friday and won the sprint race on Saturday. “I can’t keep him long” – after take-off, he quickly radioed to the booths. Leclerc put a lot of pressure on him.

On Lap 12, Monegasse pushed in. Two laps later, Verstappen put on the hard tires and backed up a bit at first. Leclerc and Sainz set the pace. The second Red Bull to Perez initially jumped at the bottom of the field after colliding with George Russell at the start. The Mercedes driver also received a five-second penalty for this, which was also used by Mick Schumacher.

How is Michael Schumacher’s son doing?

After scoring points for the first time last Sunday, the son of the record world champion Michael Schumacher confirmed his very good form in Austria and fought another duel with Hamilton, just like in the sprint. “Their straight-line speed is amazing,” commented the 37-year-old Briton.

It quickly got a little confusing at short distances after new tires were fitted in some fields and not others. Since the pilots only need a good minute per lap, smaller groups kept coming together. And there Schumacher did a great job, ahead of, among others, Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in alpine skiing, followed by his teammate Kevin Magnussen, who did not necessarily help him yesterday – much to the frustration of a German whose mate Vettel his depressing days in Austria also in Can’t save the race collided in the meantime from Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri and was only in the rear in 17th place.

This was the case for Leclerc in the past

A completely different Leclerc, once his team mate back in the days of Ferrari. Monegasque ended its weeks of frustration with bankruptcies, bad luck and controversial team management decisions. Leclerc won two races in 2019, none in 2020, this year an opener in Bahrain and on April 10 in Melbourne. Within a few laps of the tire change, he caught up with Verstappen and overtook him effortlessly.

However, the race didn’t get clearer. Some drivers received warnings and time penalties for leaving the track, and after 48 laps even Mick Schumacher, who was eighth, was already lapped. While the Ferrari caught fire as well, the virtual safety car phase took place in a thrilling and fun race. Leclerc was now complaining about problems with the accelerator pedal but was the first to finish with his Ferrari.

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