All fans of Formula 1 and fast driving had a real treat watching Max Verstappen get his 13th victory this season. Perhaps the most popular driver at the moment has once again positively surprised his fans as well as the entire F1 scene.
Indeed, this Red Bull driver always provides great rides full of adrenaline, which interests the audience the most. Max Verstappen dominated from pole position and led every lap of the race en route to his 13th win of the season, with Red Bull securing a sixth constructors' title as Oscar Piastri claimed his first podium finish.
Verstappen fended off Piastri and Norris at the start and after that had no problems getting another victory, and along the way he set the fastest lap of the race for maximum points performance and round 400 points after 16 races.
The first eight drivers chose medium tires for the start of the race, and a total of 13 drivers chose medium, while the remaining seven chose soft.
Max Verstappen did the whole drive tactically and smartly and in the end it paid off for him
Verstappen held on to the lead as Norris overtook Piastri, Sainz overtook Hamilton while Alonso moved up from tenth to sixth on the softs.
Due to a lot of debris on the track, race control sent out the safety car, which retired at the end of the fourth lap. The drivers started pitting already in the tenth lap, and Alonso did it in the 12th lap when he replaced the soft with the hard.
Even the drivers who started on the medium didn't last much longer, except for Russell, who entered the pits only on the 23rd lap so that he could go for just one tire change after earlier clashes with his teammate. In the end, that strategy didn't pay off for Russell, who lost positions to Leclerc, Hamilton and Sainz and ended up only seventh.
Leclerc convincingly beat Hamilton in a race in which Ferrari showed good tire degradation despite one set of tires less than Mercedes and finished fourth, with Hamilton fifth after fending off the faster Sainz. Hamilton overtook Sainz with an earlier second pit stop, and although Sainz caught up to Hamilton he was unable to attack him after earlier Russell had let Hamilton who had much newer tires.
We are sure that an exciting continuation of the season awaits us, after a long time Formula 1 has returned at least part of its former popularity and golden age. We are glad to see that a lot of younger audiences are interested in formulas, which means that F1 will still have a secure future.
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