The 22-year-old Dutchman moved up three places after starting as fourth in the race. Mercedes' British world champion Lewis Hamilton, who had three straight victories including last weekend's race at Silverstone, finished second and Valtteri Bottas, who won the Austrian premiere just over a month ago and started in pole position on Sunday, finished third.

Verstappen's victory was his ninth in his F1 career and the first since the Brazilian GP in November last year. This season, he has, excluding the premiere which he was forced to cancel, lined up podium places (third, second, second, first) and now lifted up to second place in the drivers' championship after five races. Reigning champion Hamilton has 107 run-in points, Verstappen 77 and Bottas 73.

The sixth GP race of 13 will be run in Montmeló, Spain, outside Barcelona, ​​in a week.

ARCHIVE: Verstappen second behind Hamilton (19 July 2020)

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Verstappen second behind Hamilton Photo: BILDBYRÅN