Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were forced to leave after meeting each other on the first lap.
After his mistake in the first race of the season, where he could only be fourth, Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) achieved victory on Sunday 12-J at the Grand Prix of Styria, on the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg (Austria), on a disastrous day for Ferrari.
Hamilton, who had reached pole position on Saturday with a masterful performance in the water, dominated the race from start to finish and gave no choice for surprises.
The German team also took the first two places in the race, as second place went to Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who retains the lead in the general classification of drivers, while third place took him Dutchman Max Vestappen (Red Bull).
This victory is a boost for Hamilton in his goal to reach a seventh title and compare the record to German Michael Schumacher in the history of Formula One.
Leclerc and Vettel collide
The other big news about the race was that Ferraris by German Sebastian Vettel and Monegasque Charles Leclerc were forced to leave after meeting each other on the first lap.
In the third corner, Leclerc took off from the track after trying to cross his partner, who dropped the rear wing.
“That’s my fault. I was just plain stupid. You have to admit it when these things happen,” Monegasqueen told Canal +, shortly after apologizing to her partner in front of the cameras.
“I think there was a chance that I would have come home with points and I have messed it up,” the 22-year-old driver continued.
“I hope to learn and come back stronger in the next race. It’s a tough time for the team and they don’t need it.”
Ferrari’s chief executive, Mattia Binotto, wanted to downplay what happened: “When you start from the middle of the net, things can happen, even if there are no excuses.”
“It’s a very disappointing weekend in only the worst ways. There is no point in accusing one or the other. What is needed is to react and get the car to develop quickly,” he added.
After the incident, Vettel immediately went into the garage, imitated by Monegasque a few yards later.
“It’s a nightmare that I hope to wake up from,” said Vettel, who in the first race of the season could only be tenth and who already knows that he will not continue on Ferrari next season.
Quick lap for Sainz
Exactly, his replacement in Scuderia from 2021, the Spanish Carlos Sainz, also did not have a good day. He started from the third position on the net, but a poor pit stop caused him to delay several positions and in the end he could only be ninth.
At the very least, Sainz could take comfort in having selected the best lap of the race, giving him a score that was added to both for his position in the race.
Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull) finished fourth, followed by Britain’s Lando Norris (McLaren) and Mexico’s Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), in a commendable sixth place, just ahead of his teammate, Canadian Lance Stroll.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Sainz and Russian Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) finished top-10.
The next World Cup race will take place next weekend in Hungary.