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Russell Claims Victory in Austrian GP Amid Verstappen-Norris Collision

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George emerged victorious at the Austrian Grand Prix following a dramatic collision between Max Verstappen and while battling for the lead.

Verstappen received a 10-second penalty for the incident, deemed to have moved into Norris's path during an attempted overtake, forcing Norris into retirement.

The race saw Russell secure Mercedes' first win since the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. Despite pressure from 's Oscar Piastri in the final laps, Russell maintained his lead.

Carlos Sainz of Ferrari secured the final podium spot ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth despite a penalty for a pit entry violation.

Verstappen, despite the penalty, held onto fifth place, with Nico Hulkenberg's Haas trailing 23.7 seconds behind.

The incident between Verstappen and Norris unfolded as Verstappen, initially leading comfortably, faced challenges in the final laps due to tire wear and a slow pit stop. Norris, with fresher tires, closed the gap rapidly after the final stops, leading to a tense battle.

Complaints surfaced regarding Verstappen's defensive maneuvers, including an alleged illegal move under braking. Norris briefly took the lead but ultimately collided with Verstappen, ending both their races.

Verstappen, though critical of his penalty, was deemed to have breached racing regulations. Commentators noted his aggressive driving style, which contributed to the collision.

Russell, who had maintained a steady third position throughout, capitalized on the incident to claim victory, citing strategic improvements by Mercedes in recent races.

Piastri, initially penalized for track limit violations in qualifying, dropped from third to seventh, affecting McLaren's strategy and race outcome.

Sainz, consistent in fourth after an early duel with Hamilton, and other drivers including Hulkenberg and Perez, contributed to the competitive field.

The race saw mixed fortunes for Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who fought back after early damage, highlighting the challenges of the demanding circuit.

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