Max Vertsappen alongside Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris on the podium following the Austrian Grand Prix. Photo:@f1/twitter

Max Verstappen won his third Grand Prix in a row winning the Austrian Grand Prix in dominant fashion while Daniel Ricciardo bounced back.

Max Verstappen has claimed his third consecutive Grand Prix winning taking out the Austrian Grand Prix with ease.

The Dutchmen led for all 71 laps with no driver able to threaten him.

Verstappen performance was reminiscent of last weekend race which followed an almost identical storyline.

This now marks Verstappen’s fifth GP victory of the season and further cements his spot at the top of the driver standings.

To cap off a perfect race Verstappen was able to pit on lap 61 to put fresh tyres on to try and secure the fastest lap which he did, earning him an extra championship point.

He now sits 32 points ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton on 182 points versus 150.

This was the 50th podium finish of Verstappen’s career.

Rounding off the rest of the podium was Valtteri Bottas in second and Lando Norris in third who continues his streak as the only racer to score points in every race this season.

This is Norris’s third podium finish with the young Brit continuing to have a stellar season, having started second on the grid marking McLaren’s first time starting on the front row in nine years.

Red Bull have now won the past five Grand Prixs and sit in a commanding position atop of the Constructors Championship, 44 points ahead of Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo reverses the mistakes of last weekend

Daniel Ricciardo was keen to bounce back this weekend after the struggles of last weekends Styrian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo had a great start similar to last weekend, flying up two spots to 11th on the grid after the opening lap.

He continued to be aggressive following the race restart when the safety car ended climbing to ninth and into the points.

This time not experiencing any power issues, Ricciardo was able to remain in contention and continued to push up the grid.

Following all drivers pitting Ricciardo found himself in seventh place from there spend a handful of laps fighting to overtake Pierre Gasly.

Gasly pitted soon after moving Ricciardo in the top six and with Carlos Sainz pitting a few laps later, Ricciardo was in fifth.

Unfortunately for Ricciardo Perez was able to overtake him and heartbreak struck on the final lap when Carlos Sainz cruised past him making the Aussie finish seventh.

Overall it was a strong race for Ricciardo who looked aggressive again climbing six spots up the grid.

Ricciardo ends the triple-header with finishes of sixth in France, 13th at the Styrian GP and now seventh.

He currently sits eighth in the Driver Standings on 40 points.

Perez secures top six finish after receiving two penalties

Red Bulls Sergio Perez would have been hoping for a much smoother race than he got today to celebrate his 200th Grand Prix.

After qualifying third it appeared as though Perez was in a prime position to earn a podium, however, his race was flipped on its head on lap four following the end of the safety car after Esteban Ocon bailed out of the race on lap one in a collision.

In an attempt to overtake Norris, Perez was pushed off the track, going wide into the gravel making him fall to 10th place. For the incident, Norris was given a five-second penalty by the FIA.

From there, Perez had to climb up the grid and try and salvage his race.

Horror struck on lap 41 when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc attempted to overtaking Perez in the same spot where Norris had pushed him off the track. This time however Perez was the one pushing Leclerc off the track and therefore was handed a five-second penalty.

His nightmare only got worse on lap 47 when Leclerc attempting to overtake him again and Perez once again pushed him off the track earning his second five-second penalty.

Perez did race strongly following this crossing the line in fifth place but because of the two penalties was knocked down to sixth.

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Carlos Sainz delivers again

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz should leave Austria as a happy man having secured a sixth-place finish last weekend and now fifth today.

Following a poor qualifying performance which saw the Spaniard start the race in 11th, moving six places up the grid was impressive.

Both races in Austria Sainz has not made it easy for himself starting 12th last weekend but was still able to deliver.

Crucially Sainz overtaking Ricciardo on the final lap help Ferrari in their fight against McLaren in the Constructors Championship where they sit 19 points behind, 141 to 122.

Sainz is beginning to show that Ferrari made the right choice giving him the coveted Ferrari seat.

Following this race, there is no F1 action next weekend, with the next race on the 18th of July for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  

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