Verstappen wins Austrian F1 Grand Prix

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Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen has claimed a hat-trick of wins with victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver's fifth win of the season extended his lead over title rival - seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton - to 32 points after nine races.

Hamilton dropped from second to fourth late in the race after going too wide on turn 10 at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring circuit and rolling over a kerb, damaging one of his tyres.

His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris, who clinched the fourth podium of his career on the same track where he secured his first last year.

The ultra-consistent Norris is the only driver to have scored points in every race this season.

Norris' teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh.

Hamilton has not won since the Spanish Grand Prix two months ago, a dismal streak of five races for the defending champion.

All of those victories have gone to Red Bull, with Sergio Perez taking the other.

But it was another crushing success for Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring - his team's home track - with an army of his orange-shirted fans cheering on his 15th career win in the 60-000-strong crowd.

He also won here last weekend at the Styrian GP.

"It is incredible for everyone to have delivered this," said Verstappen.

"Today has been amazing. It was insane to see all the fans and so much orange. It is great motivation for me, too."

Verstappen clinched his third straight pole on Saturday and got away cleanly again for another lights-to-flag win, the way Hamilton has so often done.

Hamilton's wait for a 99th F1 win continues and he will hope for a change of fortune at the British GP in Silverstone in two weeks' time.

Perez finished fifth on Sunday ahead of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.

But Perez was hit with two five-second penalties for forcing Charles Leclerc off the track twice and was demoted to sixth, promoting Sainz one spot.

Norris also copped a five second penalty after Perez came off on turn four on lap three and ran through gravel, dropping from third to 10th following his ambitious move on the McLaren driver.

"It was a lot of fun, a good race, but I am disappointed because we should have been second," Norris said.

"I thought it (Perez incident) was just racing. He tried to go round the outside which was stupid.

"He ran off the track himself and I did not push him. I am frustrated but happy with third.

"It is the first race I have been able to race a Mercedes and hopefully we can keep it up."

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