Red Bull know how to produce a title-winning car, and hopefully, they now have a power-unit manufacturer to match in Honda, who enjoyed their first win since the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix after years of heartache in the current hybrid era.
Such a combination of Red Bull, Honda and Verstappen could one day prove potent, and if so, Ferrari and Leclerc are sure to be one of their major rivals. But for circumstances, Leclerc should have had his first win by now since switching from Sauber to Ferrari ahead of this season. He has certainly proven himself to be more than a match for his more illustrious, four-time champion team-mate Vettel, and it is surely only a matter of time before he takes the chequered flag.
Let us hope Sunday in Spielberg was a taster of more fireworks to come over the years from Leclerc and Verstappen, who may not have it all their own way if the likes of McLaren's Lando Norris, and even George Russell who is performing superbly in a dog of a Williams this season, continue to progress.
In a season of doom and gloom, overshadowed by Mercedes' overwhelming superiority, there are rays of hope.
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