Max Verstappen retained his victory for Red Bull in a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday following a stewards’ hearing. The 21-year-old Dutchman won the race after forcing his way past Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari in a wheel-bashing passing move two laps from the end of a race that was a shot in the arm for Formula One after the soporific French GP.
The incident was swiftly put under official investigation by the race stewards, who confirmed the result nearly three hours after the race ended. In a statement, the FIA said: “We did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident. We consider that this is a racing incident.”
The outcome meant more disappointment for Ferrari after they were on the wrong side of a stewards’ decision in Canada, where Sebastian Vettel was deprived of victory after he had won the race. That race was handed to Mercedes’ defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who had finished second.
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