WATCH: Fans POV of the epic Max Verstappen - Lando Norris battle at the Austrian GP!

In an exhilarating turn of events at the Austrian Grand Prix, Formula 1 fans were treated to a dramatic clash between Lando Norris and Max Verstappen.

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In an exhilarating turn of events at the Austrian Grand Prix, Formula 1 fans were treated to a dramatic clash between Lando Norris and Max Verstappen. This high-stakes duel not only provided a spectacle of racing skill but also highlighted the unpredictable nature of motorsport.

The race began with Verstappen dominating from the front, holding a comfortable lead for the majority of the laps. However, the tide turned during the final round of pit stops. On Lap 52 of 71, Verstappen dived into the pits, but a costly issue with the left-rear wheel nut delayed his return to the track. Despite rejoining in the lead, Norris had closed the gap to less than two seconds, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown.

Here is the Fans POV of Verstappen-Norris clash:

Norris, on fresh medium tyres, had a significant advantage over Verstappen, who was on a used set. This tyre difference allowed Norris to rapidly gain on Verstappen and enter the DRS range. The McLaren driver made several attempts to overtake, and on Lap 59, he finally got ahead.

However, he went off the track to complete the manoeuvre and had to relinquish the position back to Verstappen. Adding to his woes, Norris received a 5-second time penalty for his fourth track limits breach, intensifying the pressure on his pursuit.

How do Max Verstappen and Lando Norris collide?

The tension reached its peak just two laps later when Verstappen, to defend his lead, ran off the track. The intense battle culminated in a dramatic collision on Lap 64. Both drivers suffered punctures as a result, with Lando Norris's car sustaining too much damage to continue, forcing him to retire. 

Verstappen managed to rejoin the race in fifth place, but the stewards deemed him responsible for the incident and handed him a 10-second time penalty. From a fan's perspective, this clash was a heart-stopping moment that showcased the raw intensity and unpredictability of Formula 1.

The collision not only altered the race's outcome but also handed George Russell a surprise victory, marking Mercedes' first win since the 2022 Brazilian GP. McLaren still celebrated with Oscar Piastri finishing second, while Ferrari's Carlos Sainz completed the podium.

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