Vettel wins tense Hungarian GP

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel hangs onto a tense Hungarian GP ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes Valterri Bottas as both McLaren cars finish in the points for the first time this season.

30/07/17

Tyre choice

Daniil Kvyat and Paul Di Resta will start on the Soft tyre while everyone else will start on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and the top 4 slot into position with Sebastian Vettel leading down into turn 1. Both Red Bulls get involved with Max Verstappen forced wide at turn 1 and falling back behind Daniel Ricciardo. The pair go side-by-side into turn 2 when Verstappen locks-up and slide into Ricciardo! Ricciardo can’t keep control of his car and spins during turn 3. Everyone behind does well to avoided the spinning Red Bull. He parks his Red Bull up and knows it was Verstappen who hit him. The Safety car is called out with Vettel leading Kimi Raikkonen, Valterri Bottas, Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Under the Safety car, both Sauber drivers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson pit, swapping to the Soft tyre. The turn 2 collision is under investigation by the Stewards. Lap 5, the Safety car is in and racing continues on lap 6. Verstappen defends heavily from Lewis Hamilton behind while Carlos Sainz defends 6th place from Fernando Alonso. Lap 7, Verstappen has been awarded a 10 second time penalty by the Stewards for the incident with Daniel Ricciardo. Lap 9, Sebastian Vettel extends his lead over Kimi Raikkonen by 2.6 seconds.

Lap 18, Sebastian Vettel has a 3 second gap to Kimi Raikkonen in 2nd while Valterri Bottas falls to 9.1 seconds and Max Verstappen 11.3 seconds behind the race leader. Lap 19, after countless laps behind his Renault teammate, Jolyon Palmer, Nico Hulkenberg is allowed through into 11th place at turn 1. Lap 21, Romain Grosjean is told by team radio that he has a slow puncture. He pits and goes onto the Soft tyre. The Frenchman is slowing, he stops out of the way at turn 11. Lap 25, race leader, Vettel is having problems with his steering wheel. It’s straight as it should be but not in line, turning right. Vettel has a cushion of 1.9 seconds back to Raikkonen in 2nd.

Sebastian Vettel is not the only one with problems, it seem that both Mercedes drivers of Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are struggling with radio communications back to the team. Lap 31, Bottas pits, its a slow stop as the left-front tyre took longer than it should. He appears back out in 5th on the Soft tyre. Lap 32, Hamilton pits, going onto the Soft tyre, its a better pit-stop for the Brit. Bottas emerges ahead but only just. Lap 33, Vettel pits, going onto the Soft tyre and dropping from 1st to 3rd. At the end of lap 33, Raikkonen pits after a good lap. He goes onto the Soft tyre but Vettel emerges just ahead of the Finn.

Lap 36, the battle for 6th position takes to the pits with Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso going onto the Soft tyre. Sainz emerges ahead as Lewis Hamilton continues to make inroads into Valterri Bottas. Lap 43, Max Verstappen pits from the lead. He takes his 10 second penalty and rejoins in 5th on the Soft tyre. Lap 45, Bottas is order by Mercedes to let Hamilton past and to see what he can do about the Ferrari’s ahead. Hamilton is instantly quicker and sets about catching the Ferrari’s. Lap 50, Alonso has managed to overtakes Sainz for 6th with Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne in 7th to 10th place. Tense times at Ferrari, Vettel lead by less than a second with Raikkonen only 1.6 ahead of Hamilton.

Lap 54, The race leader are catching Daniil Kvyat, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, who run outside of the points. They clear them with Sebastian Vettel’s gap extended to 1.5 seconds and Lewis Hamilton’s gap to Kimi Raikkonen down to half a second. Lap 66, the original plan by Mercedes was to let Hamilton past and to see what he could do about the Ferrari’s. But to keep it fair, if Hamilton didn’t make any inroads/overtake them, he would let Bottas back past. The problem now is that Bottas is 5 second behind Hamilton with Max Verstappen 2 seconds behind the Finn.

Lap 69, Nico Hulkenberg has been told to retire the car. Lap 70, Kevin Magnussen has been given a 5 second time penalty for forcing another driver off the track which was Hulkenberg earlier on. Sebastian Vettel comes round to win ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. But where is Lewis Hamilton? Hamilton slows down in the last sector and by the last corner, allows Valterri Bottas through to take 3rd. Hamilton keeps his word and the part of “team player”, great stuff!

Race Result

1.Vettel  2.Raikkonen  3.Bottas  4.Hamilton  5.Verstappen  6.Alonso  7.Sainz  8.Perez  9.Ocon  10.Vandoorne  11.Kvyat  12.Palmer  13.Magnussen  14.Stroll  15.Wehrlein  16.Ericsson  DNF Hulkenberg, Di Resta, Grosjean and Ricciardo

Race Stats

  • Sebastian Vettel secured his 2nd victory in Hungary and his 46th overall GP win. It was the first 1-2 for Ferrari in Hungary since 2004.
  • Fernando Alonso secured his and McLaren’s best finish of the season in 6th. Alonso also picked up the Fastest Lap Award and the 23rd of his career. Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 10th and secured his first points finish of the year and a double points finish for McLaren.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 202pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 188pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 169pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 117pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 116pts
  6. Max Verstappen 67pts
  7. Sergio Perez 56pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 45pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 35pts
  10. Nico Hulkenberg 26pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 357pts
  2. Ferrari 318pts
  3. Red Bull 184pts
  4. Force India 101pts
  5. Williams 41pts
  6. Toro Rosso 39pts
  7. Haas 29pts
  8. Renault 26pts
  9. McLaren 11pts
  10. Sauber 5pts

 

 

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Vettel leads Ferrari lock-out in Hungary

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel takes pole position ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes Valterri Bottas as both McLaren cars make it into Q3.

29/07/17

Di Resta replaces unwell Massa

Williams’s reserve drive, Paul Di Resta will replace the unwell Felipe Massa for the rest Hungarian GP weekend. Massa, suffered dizziness on Friday and completed a handful of laps in the final practice session earlier today. Di Resta, who hasn’t raced in F1 since 2013 with Force India, has since competed in the DTM with Mercedes, will run the number 40.

Qualifying

Q1

Q1 starts with Valterri Bottas the first driver on track. Lewis Hamilton sets the first timed lap of a 1:17:905 while Paul Di Resta completes his first lap since 2013 with a 1:122:289. Sebastian Vettel beats Hamilton’s time with Kimi Raikkonen going quicker than his teammate. Jolyon Palmer completes a great lap to go 5th on a 1:18:914. Max Verstappen goes 2nd just behind Vettel on a 1:17:266.

With 3 minutes to go, Sergio Perez, Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Di Resta and Kevin Magnussen are currently in the drop-zone. Daniil Kvyat loses the rear of his Toro Rosso at the top of turn 4 and causes yellow flags. Di Resta manages to nab 19th after steadily getting quicker as the session went on. Sebastian Vettel ends the session quickest ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.

Out: Ericsson – 20th, Di Resta – 19th, Wehrlein – 18th, Stroll – 17th and Magnussen – 16th.

Q2

Q2 starts with Valterri Bottas emerging as the first driver on track. Bottas’s first lap is a 1:17:362 which is beaten by Lewis Hamilton on a 1:17:194. Sebastian Vettel manages to get into the 1:16:802 and becomes the only driver so far to do so. Max Verstappen seems the have the upper hand over teammate Daniel Ricciardo with Verstappen going 6 tenths quicker.

With 4 minutes to go, Jolyon Palmer, Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez in the drop-zone. Hamilton is on a very good lap and it puts him first on a 1:16:693. Esteban Ocon and Kvyat fail get out of the drop-zone as Palmer misses out in 11th. Lewis Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

Out: Grosjean – 15th, Perez – 14th, Kvyat – 13th, Ocon – 12th and Palmer – 11th.

Q3

Q3 starts with Valterri Bottas emerging as the first driver on track. Bottas’s first lap is a 1:16:631 while Sebastian Vettel goes even quicker on a 1:16:276. Lewis Hamilton abandons his first lap and peels into the pits. Vettel leads Bottas, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.

With 1 minute to go, Lewis Hamilton is on his one and only lap. The Brit sets a 1:16:707 but it’s not enough to beat Vettel. Bottas improves to a 1:16:530 but the star has to be Raikkonen who improves to a 1:16:444 to secure a Ferrari one-two.

Top 10: Sainz – 10th, Vandoorne – 9th, Alonso – 8th, Hulkenberg – 7th, Ricciardo – 6th, Verstappen – 5th, Hamilton – 4th, Bottas – 3rd, Raikkonen – 2nd and Vettel – 1st.

Qualifying Result

1.Vettel  2.Raikkonen  3.Bottas  4.Hamilton  5.Verstappen  6.Ricciardo  7.Alonso  8.Vandoorne  9.Sainz  10.Palmer  11.Ocon  12.Hulkenberg*  13.Perez  14.Grosjean  15.Magnussen  16.Kvyat*  17.Stroll  18.Wehrlein  19.Di Resta  20.Ericsson

Hulkenberg* drops 5 place due to a gearbox change.

Kvyat* was handed a 3 place grid drop for impeding Lance Stroll in the first part of Qualifying. He was also handed 1 penalty point for the misdemeanour.

 

 

Grosjean and Magnussen retained at Haas for 2018

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be retained by the Haas F1 Team for 2018.

21/07/17

Confirmed today, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be retained for the 2018 F1 Season at the American based Haas F1 Team.

Picture courtesy of Autosport

Entering F1 in 2016, Haas signed Grosjean alongside Esteban Gutierrez in their debut season. Grosjean scored all of Haas’s 29 points while Gutierrez struggled and was replaced by Magnussen for 2017.

Haas currently lie 7th in the Constructors Championship with 29 points, equalling the total of points scored last year. The team has had a steady start to the season with a best finish of 6th by Grosjean at the Austrian GP. The team also secured their first double points finish at the Monaco GP with Grosjean 8th and Magnussen 10th.

Hamilton wins and slashes Vettel’s advantage

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP for the 5th time ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen as both Ferrari’s suffer front-left punctures in the final laps.

16/07/17

Tyre choice

Valterri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen, Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson will start on the Soft tyre with everyone else starting on the Supersoft tyre.

Race

There’s more disappointment for Jolyon Palmer on the formation lap as the Brit stops on the Hanger straight before turn 15 with hydraulic issues. An extra formation lap is needed. The Drivers line-up on the grid and there is smoke coming from the rear brakes of Sebastian Vettel. The lights go out and Lewis Hamilton leads ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and now Max Verstappen who overtakes Vettel round the outside of turn 5 for 3rd.

There’s a driver off at turn 13. It’s Carlos Sainz. The Toro Rosso driver is out with teammate Daniil Kvyat looks to be involved with the incident. The Safety Car is called out at the end of lap 1. Kvyat is involved, both drivers ran side-by-side and contact was made. The Stewards are looking into the incident. Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll had a tough qualifying but both have made their way to 10th and 12th. Lap 5, the Safety Car comes in and racing continues with Valterri Bottas overtaking Esteban Ocon into turn 15 and up into 6th.

Lap 7, Valterri Bottas now overtakes Nico Hulkenberg for 5th into turn 15. Lap 10, Lewis Hamilton leads by 2.5 seconds to Kimi Raikkonen in 2nd who has a 4.6 second gap to Max Verstappen in 3rd. Daniil Kvyat has been given a drive-through penalty for rejoining the track unsafely. Lap 12, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Fernando Alonso for 13th into turn 15. Lap 13, Verstappen holds off an attack from Sebastian Vettel through turns 15 to 17. Lap 19, Vettel pits from 4th, he goes onto the Soft tyre and rejoins in 6th. Lap 20, Red Bull react and Verstappen pits going onto the Soft tyre and rejoining behind Vettel. Lap 21, Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race of a 1:132:286 with Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso both pitting and going onto the Soft tyre.

Lap 24, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean pit. Both go onto the Soft tyre. Lap 25, Kimi Raikkonen pits, going onto the Soft tyre and rejoining in 3rd. Lap 26, Lewis Hamilton pits from the lead onto the Soft tyre and rejoining in 1st. Lap 27, Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of a 1:31:903 as Stoffel Vandoorne pits for the Soft tyre, rejoining in 13th. Lap 32, Valterri Bottas pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 4th from 2nd. Daniel Ricciardo also pits going onto the Soft tyre and rejoining in 9th. Fernando Alonso is reporting a loss of power, his race is over.

Lap 35, Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Sergio Perez into turn 6 and then Esteban Ocon into turn 15. Ricciardo is on a charge as he then overtakes Kevin Magnussen, who hasn’t stopped yet for 7th into turn 9. Lap 43, Valterri Bottas has caught up to Sebastian Vettel and has now overtaken the German into turn 15 and up into 3rd. Lap 44, Ricciardo now has Nico Hulkenberg in his sights as the gap is rapidly decreasing now down to 5.6 seconds. Lap 49, Kimi Raikkonen has a puncture! His front-left tyre has gone, Bottas jumps into 2nd. Ferrari pit Raikkonen with Red Bull also pitting Max Verstappen as a precaution. Disaster strikes again for Ferrari on lap 50 as Vettel now has a front-left puncture.

The Championship leader makes to back to the pits and rejoins in 7th. Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. Daniel Ricciardo finishes 5th after starting 19th and is rewarded Driver of the Day by the fans of the sport. Lewis Hamilton also took the award for the fastest lap of a 1:30:621 on lap 48.

Race Result

1.Hamilton  2.Bottas  3.Raikkonen  4.Verstappen  5.Ricciardo  6.Hulkenberg  7.Vettel  8.Ocon  9.Perez  10.Massa  11.Vandoorne  12.Magnussen  13.Grosjean  14.Ericsson  15.Kvyat  16.Stroll  17.Wehrlein  DNF Alonso, Sainz and Palmer

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 177pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 176pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 154pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 117pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 98pts
  6. Max Verstappen 57pts
  7. Sergio Perez 52pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 43pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 29pts
  10. Nico Hulkenberg 26pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 330pts
  2. Ferrari 275pts
  3. Red Bull 174pts
  4. Force India 95pts
  5. Williams 41pts
  6. Toro Rosso 33pts
  7. Haas 29pts
  8. Renault 26pts
  9. Sauber 5pts
  10. McLaren 2pts

 

 

Hamilton on Pole as Hulkenberg shines

Mercedes and home-favourite Lewis Hamilton takes pole position ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel as Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg qualifies 6th.

15/07/17

Qualifying

Q1

Q1 starts with Max Verstappen out first on the Intermediate tyre. Esteban Ocon, Pascal Wehrlein and Lewis Hamilton head out on the Supersoft tyre. Surely, the track isn’t dry enough for the slicks? Verstappen completes his lap of a 1:43:166 as the Supersoft runners peel back into the pits to fit the Intermediate tyre. Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen are next on a 1:42:966 and a 1:46:208. Sebastian Vettel is next on a 1:44:059, no one is going than the drivers who set their times earlier.

A Red Bull has stopped. It’s Ricciardo! He has stopped at the inside of turn 8 with the Australian reporting an apparent turbo failure. The session is Red flagged until the marshals recover the Red Bull car. The session is restarted with 10 minutes and 7 seconds to go. The times fall as the rain stops with Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso pitting late to swap to the Supersoft tyre. It looks like Alonso will not make it before the chequered flag. He does and what a lap it is. He goes quickest on a 137.598. A McLaren Honda is on top at the end of Q1 ahead of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

Out: Ricciardo – 20th, Ericsson – 19th, Wehrlein – 18th, Magnussen – 17th and Stroll – 16th.

Q2

Q2 starts with Max Verstappen the first driver out on track and the first to set a lap time of a 1:33:917 on the Supersoft tyre. Valterri Bottas is running the Soft tyre. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton are next on a 1:32:186 and a 1:31:145. With 2 minutes to go, Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Massa are in the drop-zone.

Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton improve with a 1:28:992, 1:28:978 and a 1:27:893. Hamilton ends the session quickest ahead of Bottas and Vettel. Stoffel Vandoorne out-qualifies teammate Fernando Alonso as the Belgian scraps through to Q3.

Out: Massa – 15th, Sainz – 14th, Alonso – 13th, Kvyat – 12th and Palmer – 11th.

Q3

Q3 starts with Lewis Hamilton out first. Valterri Bottas, Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel set their first times on a 1:27:580, 1:27:231, 1:27:622 and a 1:27:430. Nico Hulkenberg’s first lap puts him 6th behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

With 2 minutes and 10 seconds to go, the cars head out for their final laps. Bottas improves to a 1:27:376 with Hamilton improving to a 1:26:600. Raikkonen improves and jumps Vettel to 3rd on a 1:27:147.

Top 10: Grosjean – 10th, Vandoorne – 9th, Ocon – 8th, Perez – 7th, Hulkenberg – 6th, Verstappen – 5th, Bottas – 4th, Vettel – 3rd, Raikkonen – 2nd and Hamilton – 1st.

Qualifying Result

1.Hamilton  2.Raikkonen  3.Vettel  4.Verstappen  5.Hulkenberg  6.Perez  7.Ocon  8.Vandoorne  9.Bottas*  10.Grosjean  11.Palmer  12.Kvyat  13.Sainz  14.Massa  15.Stroll  16.Magnussen  17.Wehrlein  18.Ericsson  19.Ricciardo*  20.Alonso*

Bottas* and Ricciardo* each had a 5 place grid drop for a gearbox change while Alonso* received a 30 place grid drop after McLaren changed various pieces of the Honda power-unit.

 

British GP Preview

The revamped Grand Prix Preview returns ahead of the F1 2017 British GP. Mercedes Valterri Bottas took victory last time out in Austria but who will win this weekend?

12/07/17

Track facts

  • First GP held: 1950
  • Lap record: 1:33.401, Mark Webber, 2013
  • Laps: 52
  • Circuit length: 5.891km
  • Race distance: 306.198km
  • Corners: 18
  • Tyre compounds available: Supersoft, Soft and Medium tyre

Drivers Championship – After Round 9

  1. Sebastian VettelFerrari – 171pts
  2. Lewis HamiltonMercedes – 151pts
  3. Valterri BottasMercedes – 136pts
  4. Daniel RicciardoRed Bull – 107pts
  5. Kimi RaikkonenFerrari – 83pts

Most Wins

Out of the current grid of drivers, Lewis Hamilton has managed to win on home turf 4 times back in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Fernando Alonso has 2 victories round here back in 2006 and 2011. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are on 1 win apiece with their first and only wins back in 2007 and 2009. Overall, Alain Prost and Jim Clark have  recorded the most amount of wins with 5 wins each.

Ferrari are the most successful constructor here with 15 wins overall and just 1 ahead of McLaren on 14. Williams haven’t had a win here since 1997 but sit 3rd on 10 wins. Mercedes are on a roll of wins, winning 2013 to 2016 while Red Bull sit on 3 wins.

Last Years Race (2016)

  • Pole position: Lewis Hamilton
  • Podium finishers: 1st – Lewis Hamilton, 2nd – Max Verstappen, 3rd – Nico Rosberg
  • Fastest lap: 1:35.548 – Nico Rosberg

Classic GP: 2008 British GP

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalanien took his first ever career pole position ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton started 4th while Ferrari’s Felipe Massa qualified 9th.

The wet start to the race saw Hamilton shoot past Raikkonen and Webber off the start line and level with Kovalainen before turn 1. Kovalainen kept the lead ahead of Hamilton and Raikkonen. Massa spun which saw him drop to the back of the field. Hamilton managed to get past his McLaren teammate and lead by lap 5. Hamilton and Raikkonen pitted at the same time with Raikkonen not taking new tyres just fuel. Hamilton took on fresh tyres and fuel and kept his advantage.

Most took on new tyres and fuel. Had Ferrari made a mistake? Yes, the rain continued with Raikkonen and Renault’s Fernando Alonso going around on worn tyres. Raikkonen had lost 17 second to Hamilton in only 4 laps and was overtaken by Kovalainen and BMW’s Nick Heidfeld. The rain got heavier and Honda’s Rubens Barrichello pitted for the wet tyre. The track got wetter and drivers couldn’t keep the car on the track with Massa and BMW’s Robert Kubica just a couple of drivers spinning off.

Hamilton still lead ahead of Heidfeld and Barrichello. Kovalainen spun letting Raikkonen and Alonso past. Hamilton won and over 1 minute ahead of Heidfeld and Barrichello to take his first win on home soil. Raikkonen and Kovalainen finished 4th and 5th while Webber finished 10th after starting 2nd. It was the first time since 2000 that a British driver won the British GP.

Hamilton’s win put him level with Massa and Raikkonen on 48 points each. Kubica meanwhile sat in 4th on 46 points, 10 points ahead of Heidfeld in 5th.

 

 

 

 

Bottas beats Vettel in close Austrian GP

Mercedes Valterri Bottas beats Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to win the Austrian GP as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fails to finish for the 5th time this season.

09/07/17

Qualifying Result

1.Bottas  2.Vettel  3.Raikkonen  4.Ricciardo  5.Verstappen  6.Grosjean  7.Perez  8.Hamilton*  9.Ocon  10.Sainz  11.Hulkenberg  12.Alonso  13.Vandoorne  14.Kvyat  15.Magnussen  16.Palmer  17.Massa  18.Stroll  19.Wehrlein  20.Ericsson

Hamilton* originally qualified 3rd but due to an unscheduled gearbox change he drops 5 places. He now start 8th.

Tyre choice

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll and Pascal Wehrlein will start on the Supersoft tyre with Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Massa starting on the Soft tyre. Everyone else will start on the Ultrasoft tyre.

Race

The lights go out and Valterri Bottas gets a lightning start ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as Max Verstappen gets a horrible start dropping behind both Force India’s and Lewis Hamilton before turn 1. There’s contact at the back and it looks like a McLaren Honda is involved. It’s Verstappen and Fernando Alonso. Bottas still leads ahead of Vettel as Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Raikkonen for 3rd into turn 4. At the end of lap 1, Alonso pits and retires as Daniil Kvyat also pitting. Did he have any involvement between Alonso and Verstappen at the start.

The replay shows Max Verstappen getting a bad start and behind also Carlos Sainz as well getting a bad start. Daniil Kvyat overtakes his slow teammate and locks-up and hits the back of Fernando Alonso, who hits Verstappen. Both are out as race leader Valterri Bottas is under investigation for jumping the start of the race. Kvyat is also under investigation for causing a collision. Lap 7, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Sergio Perez into turn 3 and up into 6th place. It was a terrible showing from Williams in Qualifying but after an amazing start, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll sit 9th and 10th after starting 17th and 18th.

Lap 8, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Romain Grosjean round the outside into turn 4 and up into 5th place. Lap 10, Daniil Kvyat has been given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision at the start of the race. Lap 15, Valterri Bottas still leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton and Grosjean. Lap 22, Bottas sets the new fastest lap of the race of a 1:08:989. Lap 26, the Stewards have declared that there will be no more action against Bottas for jumping the start. Lap 30, bang, something has broken on Kevin Magnussen’s Haas car. Magnussen slows and it’s a gearbox issue. He crawls back to the pits and into retirement.

Lap 32, Lewis Hamilton pits and switches to the Ultrasoft tyre and rejoins in 5th. Hamilton was tucked up behind Kimi Raikkonen with the Brit trying the “undercut” on the Finn. Lap 34, Daniel Ricciardo pits. He switches to the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 4th. Lap 35, Sebastian Vettel pits from 2nd and goes onto the Supersoft tyre. He rejoins in 3rd as Romain Grosjean pits on lap 37 rejoins in 8th on the Supersoft tyre. Lap 39, the only remaining McLaren in the race, Stoffel Vandoorne is under investigation for ignoring blue flags. Lap 41, Valterri Bottas pits from the lead. It’s a slow stop by Mercedes but where does he rejoin?

Valterri Bottas rejoins in 2nd behind Kimi Raikkonen who hasn’t pitted yet. Ferrari are hoping that Raikkonen holds up Bottas as Sebastian Vettel is only 3 seconds behind. Lap 44, Bottas overtakes Raikkonen round the outside of turn 4 and takes back the lead of the race. Raikkonen bails out and finally pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 5th. The Stewards have given Stoffel Vandoorne a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags. Lap 46, Toro Rosso tell Carlos Sainz to drive back to the pits due to a suspected engine problem.

Lap 68, Sebastian Vettel is catching race leader Valterri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton is catching 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo. Lap 70, Hamilton has a pop at Ricciardo down into turn 4 but Ricciardo holds him off. Bottas keeps 1st by only half a second to win the Austrian GP ahead of Vettel and Ricciardo.

Race Result

1.Bottas  2.Vettel  3.Ricciardo  4.Hamilton  5.Raikkonen  6.Grosjean  7.Perez  8.Ocon  9.Massa  10.Ocon  11.Palmer  12.Vandoorne  13.Hulkenberg  14.Wehrlein  15.Ericsson  16.Kvyat  DNF Sainz, Magnussen, Alonso and Verstappen

Race Stats

  • Valterri Bottas took his second career pole on Saturday which was then followed by his 2nd career win. Bottas sits 3rd in the championship only 15 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton and he was also awarded the “Driver of the Day” by the fans.
  • Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo took his 25th career podium today with 3rd place. The Australian is now on a roll of 5 consecutive podium finishes dating back to the Spanish GP.
  • After a disappointing qualifying, both Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll started 17th and 18th but both were able to finish in the points in 9th and 10th.
  • Red Bulls Max Verstappen recorded his 5th retirement of the season, his 3rd retirement in a row. Due to this, the Dutchman lost 6th place in the championship to Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Drivers Championship

  1. Sebastian Vettel 171pts
  2. Lewis Hamilton 151pts
  3. Valterri Bottas 136pts
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 107pts
  5. Kimi Raikkonen 83pts
  6. Sergio Perez 50pts
  7. Max Verstappen 45pts
  8. Esteban Ocon 39pts
  9. Carlos Sainz 29pts
  10. Felipe Massa 22pts

Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes 297pts
  2. Ferrari 254pts
  3. Red Bull 152pts
  4. Force India 89pts
  5. Williams 40pts
  6. Toro Rosso 33pts
  7. Haas 29pts
  8. Renault 18pts
  9. Sauber 5pts
  10. McLaren 2pts