Max Verstappen dominates in Austria and wins his fifth consecutive Grand Prix

(CNN) — Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed his fifth consecutive win after dominating the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Dutchman suffered no major setbacks and extended his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to 81 points, with a third world title already looking inevitable.

“I don’t like to think about it yet,” Verstappen told reporters after the race when asked about the possibility of winning another championship.

“I’m enjoying the moment driving this car, working with the team,” he added.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won a thrilling battle for second place by taking it from Verstappen’s teammate, Mexican Sergio Perez.

Again, Verstappen started from pole and took his seventh victory in nine races this season.

Thus ended an almost perfect weekend for the 25-year-old, who also won Saturday’s sprint race.

“I think all weekend we did a really good job. The sprint weekend is always very hectic and a lot of things can go wrong and luckily a lot of things went well for us this weekend. end,” added Verstappen.

However, Verstappen saw his streak of 249 consecutive laps in the lead in Austria come to an end when he came to a halt on lap 26, allowing Leclerc to temporarily retain the lead.

Before the start of the Grand Prix, a minute’s silence was observed in tribute to the young 18-year-old driver Dilano van’t Hoff, who died on Saturday during a junior race in Belgium.

The Dutchman died following an accident during the second race of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA) at Spa-Francorchamps.

“It is extremely sad to hear the news of Dilano today,” Verstappen tweeted this Saturday. “I want to send my condolences to Dilano’s family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.”

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