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Mercedes and George Russell hold their nerve amid the chaos to win Austrian Grand Prix

George Russell pounced at the opportunity to lead and win the Austrian Grand Prix after a heated battle between Lando Norris and Max Verstappen resulted in contact that derailed both of their races.

Verstappen and Norris were caught up in a ding-dong battle for top spot — with the British driver accusing his Red Bull rival of “dangerous“ driving.

Then, on lap 64 of 71, Norris crashed into Verstappen‘s Red Bull as he attempted a move for the lead with both cars suffering significant damage.

Verstappen and Norris limped back to the pits with the former able to continue after stopping for repairs. However, Norris was forced to retire.

Verstappen was then slapped with a ten-second penalty by the stewards for causing a collision.

The remarkable flashpoint provided Russell, who was sitting in third place, 15 seconds back, to assume the lead. And the British driver was able to take advantage to land just the second win of his career.

McLaren‘s Oscar Piastri took second spot, one place ahead of Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth, with Verstappen fifth.

It was also an incredible day for Haas who had two runners in point-scoring positions with Niko Hulkenberg in sixth and Kevin Magnussen in eighth. Red Bull's Sergio Perez was sandwiched between them in a disappointing seventh.

Daniel Ricciardo came in ninth with Alpine's Pierre Gasly rounding out the point scorers in 10th.

It was another very disappointing race for Aston Martin with Lance Stroll only managing 13th and Fernando Alonso way down the field in 18th, ahead of only Logan Sergeant of the drivers that finished the race.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc could only recover to finish 11th after suffering front-wing damage on the opening lap.

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