Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix by a huge margin on Sunday, 18 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 Championship.
Verstappen led from start to finish in the Red Bull Ring, while seven-time world champion Hamilton was second for Mercedes.
The Briton was 35.743 seconds behind on the checkered flag after a late stop for fresh tires to earn a bonus point for the fastest lap.
For the first time since 2013, the mighty Mercedes has had four straight races without a win, and for the first time since then Red Bull has won four straight wins.
“Incredible. The car caught fire today,” Verstappen said on team radio after the 23-year-old Dutchman won his fourth victory in eight races this season, his second straight and 14th in his career.
Valtteri Bottas finished third in the Mercedes team, just 0.527 ahead of Verstappen’s Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, who had fresher tires.
Everyone else was overtaken by Verstappen, who started from pole and has now won more races than anyone else this year, as Red Bull has become the biggest threat to Mercedes since the start of the V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014.
“This is the most dominant victory we have had so far this year,” said the boss of the Red Bull team Christian Horner.
Red Bull is now 40 points ahead of Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.
“It was actually a bit of a lonely race,” Hamilton said. “I’ve tried to keep up with these guys, but in terms of the speed they have, they’ve clearly improved a lot over the last couple of races and it’s impossible to keep up with them. I think their long distance seems a little better … it feels like we’re losing a lot on straight lines. “
On the scenic Spielberg circuit next weekend, another race will take place – the Austrian Grand Prix.
Lando Norris of McLaren finished fifth, while Carlos Sainz of Ferrari and Charles Leclerc finished sixth and seventh respectively. Canadian Lance Stroll finished eighth for Aston Martin, ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda, who scored the last point for AlphaTauri.