The Austrian Grand Prix was one of those races that slowly bubbled up and ended with excitement as Valtteri Bottas held off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari by six-tenths of a second after 71 laps of the Red Bull Ring. Behind them, Daniel Ricciardo claimed third by holding off Lewis Hamilton, who had been forced to make up for a five-place grid penalty. The result means that Vettel moves to 20 points ahead.
The race began with excitement after Bottas made an impressive start. It was so impressive that Vettel said that he believed it was a jumped start. Given that these things are all regulated by sensors and computers, it is hard to consider Vettel’s complaint to be anything other than sour grapes. Of course, he needs to be careful to avoid suggestions that the authorities are against him… The first corner saw Max Verstappen taken out by a chain reaction accident caused by Daniil Kvyat, who ran into Fernando Alonso putting the McLaren into the Red Bull. Bottas led all the way to his pit stop on lap 41, but on the second set of tyres, the Ferrari was stronger than the Mercedes and Vettel chipped away at Valtteri’s lead, although he was aware that Bottas was controlling the pace. His hope was that the Mercedes would use its rubber more and he would be able to pounce at the end. That was basically what happened. The two ducked and weaved through the traffic but Bottas stayed ahead.
– We look at an interesting new F1 survey
– We look at McLaren without Ron Dennis
– We take a look at the Copenhagen Grand Prix concept
– DT explains why Vettel should have been punished more after Baku
– JS looks at the way things are changing in F1
– The Hack is exasperated by Eddie Jordan
– Plus we have the fabulous photography of Peter Nygaard from Austria.
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