Verstappen claims second F1 podium finish in Austria after late drama

Max Verstappen driving a Red Bull Formula 1 car.
Photo: Lala77/ Flickr

Max Verstappen scored the second podium finish of his Formula One career in dramatic circumstances as he profited from a late collision between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Verstappen finished the Austrian Grand Prix in second place behind Hamilton after overtaking Rosberg in the last few kilometres as the German hobbled towards the finish line in his damaged Mercedes.

Verstappen started the race in eighth place on the grid, but a strong drive propelled him up to fifth by lap 15. The 18-year-old briefly led in the closing stages after opting for a single-pitstop strategy, but worn tyres forced him to yield to the two Mercedes drivers.

‘I enjoyed it: it was an exciting race,’ said Verstappen, who admitted that driving the last 10 laps on soft tyres had been hard going. ‘The balance of the car was good and the whole race went really well.’

The result was a boost for Verstappen’s Austrian-founded team Red Bull on its home circuit. It leaves Verstappen in sixth place in the drivers’ championship, with Red Bull third in the constructors’ table.

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