F1 Styrian GP Live Commentary and Updates - race day

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Megan White

Summary

Summary
  • Styrian GP is underway
  • Verstappen wins from Hamilton, Bottas in third
  • Russell forced to retire after suffering from PU issue
  • Gasly out after early collision with Leclerc
Leaderboard
  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Hamilton, Mercedes
  3. Bottas, Mercedes
  4. Perez, Red Bull
  5. Norris, McLaren
  6. Sainz, Ferrari
  7. Leclerc, Ferrari
  8. Stroll, Aston Martin
  9. Alonso, Alpine
  10. Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
Status: Stopped
07:47 And we'll see you again next week for the Austrian Grand Prix at...the same place! Enjoy the rest of the day.
07:37
 
07:34 Verstappen: "Straightaway, I felt a good balance in the car. It was good to manage the tyres from the start, so I could keep them in to the end."
07:29 "The car was on fire today, so nice to drive!" Verstappen says. "Another win at home."
07:29 Norris finished fifth - a lap down, ahead of Sainz, Leclerc, Stroll, Alonso and Tsunoda claiming the final point of the day.
07:28 Perez was right on Bottas' tail, but just ran out of laps to claim third!
07:28 Hamilton finds a 1m07.058s to snatch the fastest lap!
07:27 Verstappen wins the Styrian Grand Prix at an absolute canter!
07:27 It's the final lap, will Hamilton grab that final point?
07:25 Hamilton comes in to stop for the soft tyre! Here's a bid for the fastest lap.
07:23

It all works out well for Raikkonen as he takes the opportunity to go around the outside of Vettel at Turn 4 to move up to 11th place with three laps to go.

07:24 Verstappen pulled out a 1m08.017s from nowhere, finding lots more life in his tyres. His lead is now a massive 17s.
07:22 Ricciardo, still in P13, is within DRS range of Raikkonen but the problem the McLaren driver has is the Finn also has DRS following Vettel. Worse is to come, as Ricciardo has to obey blue flags to let Bottas lap him.
07:22 The Mercedes duo are about a second a lap slower than the Red Bulls at this stage of the race - it won't be a very happy second and third at this rate.
07:21 Sainz unlaps himself from Hamilton now, which means he can continue his charge on Norris.
07:19 Perez is less than 10s behind Bottas now, but it looks like he's running out of time to catch the Mercedes driver.
07:16 Leclerc's overtaking masterclass looks over for today given the 14-second gap to Sainz ahead of him. Further back, Ricciardo is up to P13 having got by Ocon and Giovinazzi.
07:17 There's a big ol' cloud above the circuit. "Is there rain coming?" Hamilton asks - but the radar apparently says no.
07:16 Sainz's progress on Norris has stalled out a little, and is around 7.5s behind, as he's behind Hamilton having been lapped.
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