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Leclerc reboots championship push with Austrian GP win

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc held off world champion Max Verstappen to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and reboot his world championship challenge.

Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring race track in Spielberg, Austria, on Sunday
Ferrari’s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring race track in Spielberg, Austria, on Sunday. Picture: Joe Klamar, AFP

Spielberg bei Knittelfeld – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc held off world champion Max Verstappen to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and reboot his world championship challenge.

Lewis Hamilton took third for Mercedes.

This was Leclerc’s third win of the year and Ferrari’s first at the Red Bull Ring since Michael Schumacher in 2003.

After a series of disappointing results Leclerc was thrilled to finally get another win under his belt.

He had to retain his composure though in the closing laps as he reported an issue with a sticking throttle pedal.

“I definitely needed that, to finally show we’ve got the pace in the car is incredible,” said a relieved Leclerc.

Verstappen was far from disheartened despite failing to take the chequered flag in front of his ‘orange army’ of expectant 50,000 travelling Dutch fans.

“I couldn’t give them a win today but second isn’t too bad,” said the Red Bull driver who didn’t leave the circuit empty handed after winning Saturday’s sprint.

AFP

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