Spielberg: Max Verstappen reconciled with his rival Charles Leclerc and declared Monday that race stewards' belated confirmation of his thrilling wheel-banging victory in the Austrian Grand Prix was "the right decision for the sport".
A week after a dreary processional race at the French Grand Prix, the Dutchman's dramatic triumph for Red Bull ended Mercedes' early-season stranglehold on the title race and blew away talk of crisis and calls for knee-jerk rule changes.
The stewards, who delayed starting their hearing until 90 minutes after the end of the race, eventually decided the 69th lap clash between the two drivers, who had started together as the youngest front row pairing in F1 history, was no more than "a racing incident".
It was a verdict that was welcomed by everyone except those at Ferrari who hoped that their Monegasque driver had finally claimed his maiden Grand Prix triumph.
As Red Bull headed off to celebrate their first win in 11 races since Verstappen finished first at last year's Mexican Grand Prix, Leclerc and Verstappen reconciled their differences following a frosty post-race silence before and during the podium ceremony.
We are racing drivers and I have known Charles a long time and he, for sure, will this year take his first victory as well.
The two delivered a scintillating vision of the future as Verstappen hunted down Leclerc in the closing laps, the Ferrari man losing tyre performance as he endeavoured to turn his pole position into victory.