And for the Austrian GP, it didn't look like the situation would change, as Max Verstappen dominated the practice and qualifying sessions, with his eye set on victory once more. He has already won four out of the first eight races, and he's only missed the podium once. In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton has scored three victories so far, but he's missed out on the podium twice, which puts in at a disadvantage.
Going into the race on Sunday, Hamilton and Bottas started from P4 and P5, with Lando Norris in P2 and Sergio Perez in P3. Of course, Lewis wasn't going to settle for anything less than a win, and by lap 4, he was already in P3 with his teammate right behind him. They both pursued Lando Norris, waiting for an opening. And that moment came 15 laps into the race. But it would be a short-lasting moment of hope for Hamilton.
He was quite optimistic about the result and the team's perspectives noting that, "For me, it’s nice to be on the podium again in second place and I think we maximized what we could get today". By not making it to the podium, Hamilton is now faced with an even bigger gap to recover if he wants to secure another title this year. By looking at the average speed achieved by each driver during the race, you'll notice that most drivers were below 141.67 mph (228 kph).
Gasly was clocked in at 141.74 mph (228.11 kph), Hamilton managed 141.78 mph (228.177 kph), Sainz was the second-fastest at 142.54 mph (229.402 kph), but the moment you see how fast Verstappen was, you start to understand why Hamilton seems to be somewhat frustrated with the situation. Verstappen was clocked in at 145.90 mph (234.815 kph), which makes for a huge difference at this level.
As of now, Max Verstappen has gathered a total of 182 points in the championship, while Lewis Hamilton is in 2nd place with 150 points. Sergio Perez is further back in 3rd with 104 points, and Valtteri Bottas is not that far behind at 92 points. In the Constructors' Championship, the gap between the leaders, Red Bull, and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is now up to 44 points, so it will be exciting to see how the situation unfolds at Silverstone in two weeks from now.