Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria after starting the race in pole position. The win moves the Dutch driver 18 points clear of Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One driver’s championship battle.
Verstappen finished way ahead of his competitors for his third win at the home of Red Bull, Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring.
Seven times world champion, Hamilton finished second, but took a bonus point for the fastest lap. Hamilton’s Mercedes team went four races in a row without a win, for the first time since 2013.
Valtteri Bottas finished third for Mercedes but had to hold off an attack from Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to secure a podium place.
Yamaha’s Frenchman, Fabio Quartararo, won the Dutch MotoGP to stretch his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings with a dominant display in Assen.
Two Spaniards in Maverick Vinales and champion Joan Mir completed the podium as Quartararo claimed his fourth race victory of the campaign before the mid-season break.
The 22-year-old Quartararo has extended his lead to 34 points ahead of second-placed Johann Zarco, who had to contend with a fourth place in the Netherlands.
Frenchman Zarco is now on 122 points with Italian Francesco Bagnaia on 109. South Africa’s Brad Binder recovered to 12th on his KTM, having started 21st. And, Leopard Honda’s Dennis Foggia won the Dutch Moto3 Grand Prix for his third podium finish in four races.
Romano Fenati overcame a double long-lap penalty to finish third behind Sergio Garcia.
Foggia led Garcia and Fenati at the start of the final lap, with Honda’s Tatsuki Suzuki just cut adrift by over four tenths in fourth.
The Italian took his second win of 2021 ahead Garcia, with Fenati completing the podium despite his penalties.
Darryn Binder recovered from a massive moment at the fast Ramshoek left-hander late on to take the chequered flag in fourth.
However, the Petronas Sprinta rider was docked three spots for exceeding track limits which saw him demoted to seventh, while Acosta got promoted to fourth.