For the first time since 1988, Honda-powered cars have won five races in a row courtesy of a dominant performance from Max in Austria.
After Max secured pole position on Saturday ahead of Sergio in third place, the two Red Bull Racing drivers started on medium tyres, while Pierre and Yuki had to start on softs for Scuderia AlphaTauri after advancing through Q2 on that compound.
After a clean first few corners, Sergio was forced off track by Lando Norris at Turn 4 as he attempted to take second place from the McLaren, running through the gravel and dropping to tenth place while Norris picked up a time penalty.
Starting on soft tyres meant the AlphaTauri drivers were first to make their pit stops, with Yuki pitting on lap 12 and Pierre following him in a lap later.
Both drivers switched to the hard tyre, but Yuki was handed a five-second time penalty for crossing the white line on the pit entry at his pit stop, and Pierre had a slow right front tyre change.
The two Red Bull drivers went longer on their medium tyres and both made a pit stop on the same lap, with Max coming in on lap 32 and Sergio following suit a few seconds after him. Max retained his comfortable lead, while Sergio kept fighting though the field and was twice involved in close fights with Charles Leclerc.
On both occasions Sergio was handed five-second time penalties for forcing another car off track, but he kept moving forward and cleared Daniel Ricciardo on lap 53 just as Lewis Hamilton ahead of him made another pit stop. Sergio chased Hamilton down for fourth place but couldn’t get past the Mercedes and that allowed Carlos Sainz to cross the line within 10 seconds, dropping Sergio to sixth in the final classification.
Max had such a big lead that he was able to make a second pit stop with 11 laps remaining and set the fastest lap of the race by over 1.5 seconds, ensuring he took the Grand Slam of pole position, race victory, fastest lap and every lap led.
AlphaTauri stuck with a two-stop strategy after starting on softs so Pierre made his second stop on lap 45, setting off after the cars in the top ten. Yuki’s second stop came six laps later, and he had to take his five-second time penalty at the stop so dropped out of points’ contention, with a further five-second time penalty for the same pit entry infraction seeing him classified in 12th place at the finish.
Ahead of him, Pierre rose into the points and closed right up on Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc, crossing the line within a second of each and having to settle for two further points in ninth place.
Our 84th victory in Formula 1 sees Max extend his drivers’ championship lead to 32 points, while Red Bull’s advantage in the constructors’ standings grows to 44 points. And in a wonderful gesture acknowledging Honda’s part in this run of great results, our technical director, Toyoharu Tanabe was invited up onto the podium to receive the winning Constructor’’ trophy on behalf of the team.