Max Verstappen wins Austrian GP after three-hour inquiry into overtake
• Red Bull driver’s pass on Leclerc allowed to stand
• Bottas third, Vettel fourth, Hamilton fifth
There were pillars of orange smoke bellowing into the natural amphitheatre of the Red Bull Ring as the Styrian mountains echoed to the raucous celebrations of thousands of Dutch fans roaring home Max Verstappen’s victory at the Austrian Grand Prix. For the orange-clad hordes and for Verstappen it had been a glorious afternoon but one not conclusive even after the chequered flag had fallen.
In fact his win stood unconfirmed, waiting for more than three hours on the colour of smoke that would emerge from the steward’s room as they considered whether to let the his last-ditch pass on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc stand. Long after the grandstands had emptied and with an appropriately orange sunset approaching they emerged with their decision and the win was Verstappen’s.