Without the dreaded rain as expected (and for some, wished), the Styrian GP starts with Max Verstappen from pole and Lewis Hamilton behind to try to cut short the good moment of the World Cup leader.
This will be one of the great battles of the race, in which Fernando Alonso will try to finish between the points for the third consecutive date. It will also be on a circuit that he is not very good at, since he has not finished in five of the seven times he has competed here. The 8th place is a good starting point that, if you also maximize with one of your good outings, it can give you joy.
More will suffer Carlos Sainz, who from 12th on the grid needs to regain his sensations after a meeting in France in which he was very disappointed. So far this weekend things are not going very well there.
Alonso’s intense fight with Stroll and Leclerc
Fernando Alonso’s aggressive start was the highlight of the early stages of the race. The Asturian saw in the first person the skirmishes between Pierre Gasly Y Charles Leclerc, which touched and the AlphaTauri ended up punctured (and abandoned).
The Spaniard then began to fight with Leclerc, until he went to the pits to change the broken spoiler, and especially with a Lance Stroll who defended the position very well. The driving conditions of a Stroll that nobody trusts made that Alonso did not force the machine too much in his fights.
Meanwhile, ahead, Verstappen showed that the RB16B has nothing to envy the Hamilton Mercedes and perfectly held the first position, while from behind Lando Norris held 3rd to the attacks of Sergio perez. Also Carlos Sainz, further back, he left a good scuffle with Sebastian Vettel, of which he was the winner.