Max Verstappen once again finishes P1 at this week’s Styrian Grand Prix making this his first win in Austria and the first time. Red Bull have won four races in a row since 2013, which give the constructors high hopes for this year to beat the dominant Mercedes.
Hamilton came at a distant second not having enough engine power to catch up to Max Verstappen during the entire race.
In third position came Valtteri Bottas who in the last 10 laps was being chased by Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez. His rear tires deteriorating, but luckily secured his position until the end after Perez suffered from previous pit stop problems!
The Positives and Negatives of McLaren
Lando Norris put in another great performance this weekend. The British constructors placed 5th once again and scored further points in the championship. The 21-year-old is thriving at the minute only placing once outside the top 5 in Spain and displaying his adroit and persistent driving to the F1 world.
Daniel Ricciardo who placed 13th in the race which is his worst performance to date for McLaren. Ricciardo has achieved multiple podiums in his career but does not seem to reach the same competitive level.
Ferrari’s surprising comeback!
Both Ferrari cars were strategically on point in Austria. Both having got over their problems last week from France with a brilliant performance by both of their drivers. Carlos Sainz started qualifying very poorly having placed 12th. He rejuvenated himself in the race with a car that seemed to have a very good pace on Sunday.
Same goes for the ‘driver of the day’ Charles Leclerc who started off in 7th until crashing into Pierre Gasly. He damaged his front wing and having to pit in the first lap.
He recovered wonderfully by pushing strongly until the end, managing to reclaim his position and surpassing most drivers quite swiftly.
Formula One returns in Austria once again next week. Many teams are planning to implement different strategies and present new ideas. Will Red Bull obtain their back-to-back win at the Red Bull Ring or can Mercedes turn it around recapture their first position?