Sergio Perez won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday while Carlos Sainz came second and Max Verstappen came third, according to an amusing error made by Formula One’s graphics.
In reality, it was of course Charles Leclerc who secured a first race win since the Australian GP – but that was not what fans were told as the top three lined up on the podium.
It was a welcome victory for Leclerc, who had started to fall away from Verstappen in the race for the world drivers’ championship. The Ferrari ace is now only 38 points behind the Dutchman.
But an amusing error by F1’s graphics appeared to airbrush Leclerc’s success, in addition to Lewis Hamilton’s third podium finish of the season. As the top three finishers lined up on the podium, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the graphic showed Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Perez as the race winner.
It then showed Leclerc’s Ferrari colleague Sainz as runner-up and Verstappen in third place. Both Perez and Sainz failed to finish the race in Austria.
F1’s graphic had actually shown the results from the Monaco GP in May. In rainy conditions, Perez earned just the third win of his F1 career, while Sainz finished runner-up and Verstappen came a disappointing third. Leclerc was fourth in his home race.
Sunday was also a good day for Hamilton, who recorded his third podium of the 2022 campaign. Mercedes have struggled for performance this season but Hamilton came third in Austria, while team-mate George Russell was fourth.
Hamilton overcame a huge crash in qualifying to keep up with the race leaders. He paid tribute to the Mercedes team who had to rebuild the W13 following his accident.