Spielberg: Max Verstappen produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in recent Formula One history to win the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver, roared on by his large Dutch following at a sweltering Spielberg, denied Charles Leclerc the first win of his career by passing the young Ferrari driver with just two laps to go. Verstappen’s winning move on Leclerc, however, is under investigation.
“What the hell is that?” Leclerc yelled over the team radio following the Dutchman’s move. Verstappen protested his innocence.
“It is hard racing, otherwise we have to stay at home,” said Verstappen when informed he was under investigation. “If those things are not allowed in racing, then what is the point in being in Formula One.
Leclerc said: “I will let the stewards decide. I was on the outside of the corner the lap before. He left the space, but he didn’t on the next lap. I had to go wide and didn’t have a chance to come back at him.”
Verstappen began alongside Leclerc on the front row but dropped to seventh following a torrid start. The Dutch driver was then running in fourth place with 20 laps to run, but passed Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and finally Leclerc in a stunning end to the race.