Hamil­ton puts in dom­i­nant drive to claim Styr­ian GP

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Lewis Hamil­ton dom­i­nated the Styr­ian Grand Prix to take the first win of his world cham­pi­onship de­fence.

The Mercedes driver laid the ground­work for his vic­tory with one of his great­est pole laps in Satur­day’s rain-hit qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion.

And in the dry at Spiel­berg’s Red Bull Ring, Hamil­ton de­liv­ered a fault­less per­for­mance to see off team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas, with Max Ver­stap­pen third.

“It is great to be back up here and driv­ing with this kind of per­for­mance,” said Hamil­ton af­ter the race. “It was about keep­ing it to­gether and bring­ing it home.

“I am so grate­ful to be back in first place. It feels like a long time since I won at the fi­nal race of last sea­son. This is a great step for­ward.”

Fer­rari’s mis­er­able start to the sea­son con­tin­ued af­ter Charles Le­clerc punted team-mate Se­bas­tian Vet­tel out of the race on the open­ing lap. Both driv­ers were forced to re­tire.

Alexan­der Al­bon fin­ished fourth ahead of Lando Nor­ris, who moved up three po­si­tions in an im­pres­sive fi­nal two laps. Bot­tas is four points clear in the cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing his win last Sun­day.

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