F1: Max Verstappen wins thrilling Austrian GP

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Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix in thrilling fashion Sunday afternoon, passing race leader Charles Leclerc in the closing laps to win his first race of the season, and the first race for Honda since 2006.

After falling to eighth place after a poor start in the race, it appeared as Verstappen was set for a long and disappointing afternoon.

However, Verstappen spent the race charging his way back through the field, and eventually found himself in second and closing in on Leclerc.

Verstappen passed Leclerc with three laps remaining in Turn 3, with Verstappen’s Red Bull Honda making slight contact with Leclerc’s Ferrari, which pushed Leclerc into the run-off area.

The prompted a post-race investigation by race stewards into whether or not a penalty would be assessed to Verstappen, however the stewards eventually made the decision to not take any disciplinary action – over three hours after the race had concluded – and Verstappen’s sixth career victory stood.

Verstappen took the checkered flag for the victory, while Leclerc had to settle for second.

“After that start I thought the race was over,” Verstappen said following his win. “We just kept pushing hard”

Valtteri Bottas finished the race in the third position, as Mercedes’ eight-race winning streak to begin the season had finally ended.

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth, while Lewis Hamilton was the final driver to finish on the lead lap in fifth.

Lando Norris came home in the sixth position for McLaren while Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top ten.

Full race results are below. The next race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the British Grand Prix on July 14.

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