Austrian Grand Prix Tag

By FIA Valtteri Bottas edged team-mate Lewis Hamilton by just under two hundredths of a second to take his second consecutive Austrian Grand Prix pole position and the fifth pole of his career in a tight qualifying session at the at the Red Bull Ring. Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari ahead of team-mate Kimi Räikkönen. Q1 saw Mercedes quickly to the fore with Hamilton and Bottas trading times on ultrasoft tyres before Hamilton settled into P1 with a time of 1:04.080, just under a tenth of a second aheadRead More
By FIA Sebastian Vettel set the fastest ever lap of the Red Bull Ring to edge Lewis Hamilton by just under three hundredths of a second in final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver powered past the record set in Valtteri Bottas in 2017 qualifying with around 20 minutes left in the session. With three DRS zones to work with and ultrasoft tyres onboard Vettel posted a time of 1:04.070 to eclipse Bottas’ benchmark by 0.181 seconds. Championship leader Hamilton got close to pipping Vettel shortly afterwards,Read More
By FIA Mercedes continued to lead the way in practice for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton again leading a one-two for the defending champions, just under two tenths of a second ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third, 0.236 behind title rival Hamilton. The Silver Arrows had looked comfortable in the morning session and in the second 90-minute session Hamilton and Bottas were again to the fore. Hamilton’s best time of 1:04.579 was set on soft compound Pirelli tyres early in the session on anRead More
By FIA Lewis Hamilton topped the first free practice timesheets at the Austrian Grand Prix weekend got underway at the Red Bull Ring, with the champion leading a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen third at the Anglo-Austrian team’s home event. The Dutch driver was the first to set a lap time in the session and he was also an early spinner when he momentarily dropped the rear wheels of his RB14 into the gravel at Turn 4. His car pirouetted through 360 degreesRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Following an investigation, Pirelli have come to the conclusion that Sebastian Vettel’s tire failure at the Austrian Grand Prix was due to debris. The four-time Formula 1 champion suffered a right-rear blowout along the main straightaway at roughly 200 mph while leading race before  hitting the inside wall and coming to a stop in the middle of the track near the entrance of Turn 1. Ferrari was running Vettel with the supersoft tire compound and had completed 27 laps when it failed, but the Italian tireRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Nico Hulkenberg saw one of the best qualifying efforts of his career turn into a rough day at the office in the Austrian Grand Prix. The Sahara Force India driver delighted on Saturday in qualifying and started the race in second alongside polesitter Lewis Hamilton. However, Hulkenberg had a slow start off the line and quickly faded to fourth in the opening laps, before strategy and pace pushed him further down the running order and eventually retiring in the closing laps of the race. “I’m prettyRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Sergio Perez escaped injury after suffering brake failure on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix. The 26-year-old Mexican’s day ended while running comfortably in the points in eighth when his brakes failed heading into Turn 3, skidding across the gravel before a encountering head on collision with the wall. “It’s a big shame that we retired on the last lap of the race,” Perez said. “I’m feeling sad for the team because we really deserved some points. Yesterday and today we have been reallyRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Nico Rosberg received a 10-second time penalty for his part in the final lap crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Austrian Grand Prix. However, the penalty does not hinder the German’s finishing position of fourth. Rosberg also had two penalty points added to his superlicense. Stewards felt the Formula 1 championship points leader was to blame for the collision and was also reprimanded for continuing the race with a damaged car. “Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the videoRead More
Lewis Hamilton grabbed a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix victory after colliding with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the final lap. Rosberg was leading the race but after the German made a small mistake at Turn One on the final tour, Hamilton was able to close on his team-mate and attempt an overtaking move in Turn Two. Rosberg cover the middle of the circuit, forcing Hamilton to make a move around the outside. With Rosberg’s car wide across the track the Briton ran wide and as he returned to the track,Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Nico Rosberg is under investigation for his collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes duo collided into Turn 2 while battling for the lead when Rosberg made a late entry into the corner, damaging his front wing and limping home fourth while Hamilton went on to score the victory. Shortly after parking in the pit lane, it was learned that the German is the subject of an investigation for causing a collision and failing to stop withRead More