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Lando Norris and Max Verstappen collide in dramatic Austrian Grand Prix

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen collide in dramatic Austrian Grand Prix

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen were involved in a heated battle.

The Austrian Grand Prix descended into utter chaos as Lando Norris and Max Verstappen collided.

Red Bull superstar Verstappen qualified first and had a comfortable lead until he had a slow pit stop on lap 52.

This allowed Norris to close the gap and get within DRS of the Dutchman.

After several laps of wheel-to-wheel action, chaos descended during 64.

Going into Turn Three, Norris and Verstappen made contact which left both drivers with punctures.

Heading into the pits, the McLaren driver had to retire the car due to severe damage.

Meanwhile, Verstappen came back out in fifth place but was then given a five-second penalty for causing a collision.

Speaking about the incident on BBC Radio 5 Live, former Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken said: “I have to say it looked like it was Verstappen who was really pushing the limits there and closing Norris up to the edge of the track, but we will see what the stewards say.”

As a result of Norris and Verstappen’s collision, Mercedes star George Russell went from third to first as he won the race.

Speaking afterwards, Russell said: "Incredible. It was a tough fight out there at the beginning of the race just to hold onto P3. I saw Max and Lando were going pretty hard and I knew Lando would want that win.

“The team have done an amazing job to put us in this fight. You've got to be there to pick up the pieces and that's where we were.”

He added: “They [Verstappen and Norris] were going for it. I couldn't believe how close we were to Lando and Max. We were only about 12 seconds behind and I knew it [the collision] was a possibility. You are always dreaming.

“Just so proud to be back on the top step. We have made so many strides since the start of the season. The last few races have been incredible. More to come.”

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Lando Norris, Max Verstappen, F1, Formula 1