George Russell snatches Austrian GP win after dramatic Verstappen Norris clash

The Mercedes star celebrated an unexpected victory in Austria after Verstappen and Norris took each other out


George Russell pulled off a shock victory at the Formula 1 2024 Austrian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen and Lando Norris’ dramatic late collision in Sunday’s race.

Verstappen looked to be cruising towards the victory with an eight-second lead over Norris, until a slow stop pushed the Dutchman back into the McLaren driver’s clutches.

The pair engaged in an epic 10-lap battle for the win, with Verstappen and Norris both suffering punctures on Lap 64 after a controversial clash, promoting Russell into the lead. And he held off the challenge from Oscar Piastri late on to clinch his first win since Brazil 2022, as Russell celebrated his Austrian GP success at the Red Bull Ring.

Norris was forced to retire with damage, while Verstappen – came out in P5 after his pit stop – was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision by the stewards.

Piastri did his best to close the gap to Russell but was left with too much to do and settled for P2, while Carlos Sainz took home an unlikely podium for Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton suffered a number of issues with his car and penalties, but came home to take fourth on a fine weekend for Mercedes.

Nico Hulkenberg fought off Sergio Perez to claim sixth behind Verstappen, with Kevin Magnussen eighth, Daniel Ricciardo ninth and Pierre Gasly 10th.

Verstappen and Norris fight for the lead

Verstappen made a fine start off the line and quickly put himself ahead of Norris. Hamilton managed to get past Carlos Sainz at Turn 3, but the stewards ruled he had gained an advantage over the Ferrari driver by going off at Turn 1 – where he suffered floor damage – and had to give the place back.

But it was a nightmare start for Charles Leclerc, who collided with Piastri and came off worse, being forced to pit after losing part of his front wing. The Monegasque fell to 19th, with Logan Sargeant also forced to pit due to damage.

Hamilton was handed a five-second penalty after the stewards deemed that he had cross the white line on entry to the pit lane, which effectively ruined his chances of challenging for a podium late in the race.

The stewards continued to be busy, handing out a 10-second penalty for Fernando Alonso after crashing into the side of Zhou Guanyu, while Perez was caught speeding in the pitlane and took a five-second penalty.

The two Alpines engaged in another tense battle for position as they scrapped for P8, and Gasly got the better of Esteban Ocon after being pushed off the racetrack. But with huge time gaps appearing between some drivers, that’s about as entertaining as it could get.

George Russell at the 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes
George Russell claimed his win at the 2024 Austrian GP | Mercedes

Russell snatches lead after Verstappen Norris clash

The final stops of the race offered some excitement, however, especially as Norris began to cut down the gap to Verstappen. A slow stop from Verstappen closed the gap from eight seconds to three, with Norris on fresher tyres.

Norris managed to get into DRS range and closed up to Verstappen, but the Dutchman defended from the McLaren man into Turn 3 – leaving Norris furious on the radio. Norris continued to come after him and got the move done, but he went beyond track limits and was forced to give him the place back.

Their collision on Lap 64 proved disastrous for both Verstappen and Norris, knocking them both off the podium. But Russell held his nerve to secure his second career victory in F1.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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