|2019 Austrian Grand Prix|
|Race 9 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Red Bull Ring
|Date||30 June 2019|
|Official name||Formula 1 myWorld Großer Preis von Österreich 2019|
Red Bull Ring|
Spielberg, Styria, Austria
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.318 km (2.683 mi)|
|Distance||71 laps, 306.452 km (190.420 mi)|
|Weather||Sunny, 36C (97F)|
|Driver||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda|
|Time||1:07.475 on lap 60|
|First||Red Bull Racing-Honda|
The 2019 Austrian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 myWorld Großer Preis von Österreich 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 30 June 2019 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The race was the 9th round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race marked the 33rd running of the Austrian Grand Prix and the 32nd time it had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the series inception in 1950. The victory of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Racing RB15 was the first win for a Honda-powered F1 car since Jenson Button in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix and he also became the first non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2019.
Heading into the race Lewis Hamilton had a 36-point advantage over team mate Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers' Championship. In the Constructors' Championship Mercedes held a 140-point advantage over Ferrari.
The drivers and teams entered were the same as those on the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for either the race or practice.
Prior to the start of the weekend Carlos Sainz Jr. and Alexander Albon exceeded their quotas for power unit components and were required to start from the back of the grid. Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen received five-place grid penalties for exceeding their quota for power unit components and for a gearbox change, respectively.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice with Sebastian Vettel second. Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in fourth. Second practice was eventful as Vettel spun and both Bottas and Max Verstappen crashed. Leclerc was fastest ahead of Bottas, Pierre Gasly and Hamilton. In third practice Leclerc was fastest again ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Vettel.
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:03.807||1:03.835||1:03.439||2|
|7||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:04.615||1:04.056||1:04.166||6|
|8||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:04.450||1:04.194||1:04.179||7|
|9||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:04.412||1:03.988||1:04.199||8|
|10||5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||1:04.340||1:03.667||No time||9|
|13||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:04.708||1:04.665||N/A||184|
|15||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||1:04.453||1:13.601||N/A||194|
|18||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:05.324||N/A||N/A||16|
|107% time: 1:08.273|
Whilst Charles Leclerc started the race well from pole position, Max Verstappen encountered an issue with his anti-stall, dropping from 2nd down to 8th place by turn 2. Lando Norris briefly battled Lewis Hamilton for 3rd place, and Kimi Räikkönen ran as high as 4th. Räikkönen held the position until lap 7, when he was passed by Sebastian Vettel, who had started 9th. By lap 9, Verstappen had recovered after his poor start, passing Räikkönen and Norris. Kevin Magnussen pitted on lap 12, dropping him to the back, but was handed a drive-through penalty soon afterwards after the stewards found he had over-stepped his grid line at the beginning of the race and started too far forward. He would only recover one place during the race, and eventually crossed the finish line in 19th.
Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel pitted on lap 22, with Bottas emerging in clear air in 4th, but with Vettel stuck behind Norris, Räikkönen and Pierre Gasly in 8th after a communication issue saw his pit-stop take longer than expected. Leclerc pitted on the following lap, handing the lead of the race to Hamilton. At this stage of the race, the Mercedes cars were suffering from the high air and track temperatures. Hamilton repeatedly ran wide at turn 1, driving over the sausage kerb. This eventually caused damage to his front wing, forcing him to pit for a replacement on lap 31 and dropping him to 5th place. Verstappen inherited the lead, but pitted on the following lap; Leclerc thus regained 1st place.
Verstappen emerged from the pits in 4th place, and began his charge towards the front. He passed Vettel on Lap 50, on the straight after turn 2. Vettel subsequently pitted on the following lap. Verstappen then passed Bottas into turn 2 on lap 56. Finally, he caught up with Leclerc at the front, passing him into turn 2 with three laps to go. On lap 69, Verstappen took a wide line through the corner on the inside of Leclerc, making contact and resulting in Leclerc leaving the track and driving over the kerb. Verstappen held on to his lead until the chequered flag, and the stewards later deemed his overtake legal. Vettel passed Hamilton on the final lap to take 4th place.
Verstappen's victory marked the first win for a Honda-powered F1 car since Jenson Button in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix. The race was also the first race in the season not to be won by a Mercedes driver, as Valtteri Bottas finished in third and Lewis Hamilton fifth. Antonio Giovinazzi scored his first ever career points in Formula One by finishing tenth place. This also marked the first race in which every driver saw the chequered flag since the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||71||1:22:01.822||2||261|
|6||4||Lando Norris||McLaren-Renault||70||+1 lap||5||8|
|7||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda||70||+1 lap||8||6|
|8||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||70||+1 lap||19||4|
|9||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||70||+1 lap||6||2|
|10||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||70||+1 lap||7||1|
|11||11||Sergio Pérez||70||+1 lap||13|
|12||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||70||+1 lap||12|
|13||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||70||+1 lap||15|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||70||+1 lap||14|
|15||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||70||+1 lap||18|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||70||+1 lap||11|
|17||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||70||+1 lap||16|
|18||63||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||69||+2 laps||PL|
|19||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||69||+2 laps||10|
|20||88||Robert Kubica||Williams-Mercedes||68||+3 laps||17|
|Fastest lap: Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-Honda) - 1:07.475 (lap 60)|