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Max Verstappen was rarely troubled in the Austrian Grand Prix as he completed a clean sweep of Formula 1's two races at the Red Bull Ring. He leaves with his points advantage extended thanks in no small part to the disruption caused to Mercedes by an on-form Lando Norris, in perhaps the most complete McLaren showing since the V8 era
There was a very good race behind Max Verstappen, the dominant winner for the second week in a row at the Red Bull Ring – this time for Formula 1’s 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. He was so crushingly in command that it evoked Lewis Hamilton’s win in Hungary and Spain last year, which serves to highlight just how far the formbook has swung in Red Bull’s favour this season.
Verstappen was so good and so far away from his opposition that he may as well have been in a different race. In the fight behind, and briefly in the Dutchman’s orbit, everything really centred on one driver.
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