Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has won the official Driver of the Day award at the Austrian Grand Prix, where the teenage sensation scored his second podium of the season.
With the accolade, Verstappen has now become the first F1 driver to win the award three times in just a year. The 18-year-old F1 driver had already been voted Driver of the Day in the Canadian Grand Prix and Spain Grand Prix, where he won the race.
The Red Bull driver likely won the prestigious award thanks to a performance similar to that seen in Spain Grand Prix, where he held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and won that race.
The young Red Bull driver has started eighth on the grid but strung out his second stint for 56 laps, moving ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the pit stop window. Verstappen was elevated from third to second when Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided ahead of him.
It was a strong performance from the young Dutchman who started the race on the Ultrasoft tyre and climbed from eighth on the grid to be in contention for a podium position, and he now sixth in the drivers’ standings.
In addition, Austrian GP winner and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and sixth-place Jenson Button also fared well in the F1 votes.
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