Russell Claims Austrian GP Victory Following Late Norris-Verstappen Collision

Russell Claims Victory in Dramatic Austrian GP


George Russell secured a thrilling victory at the Austrian Grand Prix following a tense collision between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris as they battled for the lead.

Verstappen incurred a 10-second penalty for colliding with Norris while defending against the McLaren driver’s overtaking attempt, which forced Norris into an early retirement.

The race concluded amidst controversy after multiple laps of intense competition and mutual complaints about driving tactics.

Russell’s triumph marked Mercedes’ first win since the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. Despite late pressure from McLaren’s Oscar Piastri, Russell maintained his lead to the finish line.


Carlos Sainz of Ferrari secured the final podium spot, ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who faced a penalty for crossing the pit entry line during his first stop.

Verstappen, despite his penalty, finished in fifth place, maintaining his position due to a significant gap ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas.

The collision between Norris and Verstappen occurred during a heated battle, with Norris initially closing in on Verstappen before their final pit stops. Verstappen’s slower stop and tire strategy set the stage for a dramatic finale.


The pivotal moment came on lap 62 when Norris attempted an outside maneuver, resulting in contact that punctured both cars’ tires, ending their chances of victory.

Verstappen, critical of the penalty imposed, extended his championship lead to 81 points over Norris, setting the stage for next weekend’s British Grand Prix.