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Hamilton moves closer to Schumacher with win in the Styrian Grand Prix

Bottas won last weekend’s Austrian GP on the same Red Bull Ring track at the foot of the Styrian mountains, hence the name change.

Like last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem.

Red Bull driver Alexander Albon did well to fend off persistent attacks from Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and finished fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Perez, who dropped to sixth after touching wheels with Albon late on.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz jnr started from third and finished ninth, but collected a bonus point for the fastest lap.

Hamilton got away cleanly while Verstappen did well to hold off Sainz.

Leclerc tried to overtake down the right entering a hairpin bend and ended up riding over the back of Vettel’s car, mangling his rear wing and prompting a safety car to come out for two laps.

Lewis Hamilton en route to victory in the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton en route to victory in the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix.Credit:AP

Vettel, who finished 10th last week, had to retire while Leclerc came into the pits on lap 5 and was soon out of the race.

At last season’s penultimate GP in Brazil, both Ferrari cars crashed out. Vettel appeared at fault that time after being overtaken cleanly by Leclerc and trying to regain position.

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But this time Leclerc was far too hasty and impatient.

Up ahead, Hamilton was coasting and about five seconds clear of Verstappen when the Dutch driver came in for his first tyre change on lap 25 of 71.

Hamilton came in for fresh tires soon after and then Bottas a few laps later, meaning that by lap 38 Verstappen was second again — still five seconds adrift of Hamilton.

Verstappen’s front wing was damaged on the right side and, with six laps remaining, his lead over Bottas was under one second.

Bottas overtook Verstappen on the next lap but Verstappen regained his position superbly, only to concede it again moments later as Bottas’ superior speed proved decisive.

Renault driver Esteban Ocon was the other driver not to finish, but teammate Daniel Ricciardo was eighth behind Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

AP

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