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Charles Leclerc's victory in Austria was his first since the Australian GP, and a crucial one to prevent Verstappen from further extending his lead in the championship.

After showing race-winning pace in the first stint, Leclerc was able to optimise Ferrari's strategy to take a commanding lead in the Grand Prix. 

However, as is often the case with Ferrari, things are never that simple. Leclerc suffered from persistent issues with the throttle pedal, making an otherwise routine win an extremely stressful one.

The Monegasque gave his thoughts to the media post-race:

"I definitely needed that one! I mean, the last five races have been incredibly difficult for myself but also for the team, obviously, and to finally show that we've got the pace in the car and that we can do it is incredible, so we need to push until the end.

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The end was incredibly difficult.

I had this problem with the throttle, and it would get stuck at 20% or 30% throttle in the low-speed, so it was very tricky, but we managed to make it stick until the end and I'm so, so happy.

Weirdly it was more or less at the same time [as Sainz's DNF], so of course, I had it in my mind.

I knew it was not a problem with the engine because it was really the pedal that was feeling weird, first at pick-up and then at the end, it would not come back to zero. But luckily [the car] went until the end of the race."

With just two races left until the summer break, Leclerc will hope to continue this momentum and end the first half of the season within striking distance of Verstappen and Red Bull.