Formula 1 chief Ross Brawn says the sport is in safe hands in the wake of the Austrian Grand Prix battle for victory between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.
21-year-olds Leclerc and Verstappen lined up from the front row of the grid and the Ferrari racer led much of the 71-lap encounter, before being reeled in by his erstwhile karting rival.
Leclerc and Verstappen scrapped for the lead through the closing stages, with the Red Bull driver overhauling his opponent three laps from the chequered flag.
The average age of Verstappen, Leclerc and third-placed finisher Valtteri Bottas was 24 years, five months and 13 days, making it the second-youngest podium in Formula 1 history.
“I’m particularly pleased that the top two finishers made up the youngest pairing ever to come first and second in a Grand Prix,” said Brawn.
“Max drove an amazing race, particularly when one considers that his start, to use a word that’s popular in this sport was ‘sub-optimal’.
“He produced some superbly aggressive passing moves, drove some very fast laps on tyres that had done more than 30 laps, and his race pace management was pretty much perfect” “Charles also put in a superb performance – dominating the opening sessions and delivering great pole laps.