Hamilton puts in dominant drive to claim Styrian GP
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.