The Austrian GP looked like it would play out as it did over the past four years, with Mercedes looking for another win. And with the two front positions taken up by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas it was definitely their race to lose. But you wouldn’t have guessed that they would suffer their first twin DNFs to give the win to Max Verstappen, followed by the two Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel.

The stand out move was that of Raikkonen charging up in between the two Mercedes cars at the start, with the manouevre pushing Bottas back into third from his pole position, while Hamilton grabbed the lead. Bottas however managed a quick recovery when Raikkonen locked up. Vettel with his penalty induced third row start was not as lucky with his start, falling back into eighth before recovering to a sixth position. But it was Verstappen who really impressed, leading Ricciardo past Raikkonen. Raikkonen didn’t back off the second Red Bull’s tail.

The virtual safety car was called out for a rather spectacular blow out on Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, during which Vettel managed a quick tyre change along with Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen, while Hamilton stayed out – much to his chagrin. He managed a stop later, still coming out just ahead of Verstappen, but the pressure was building.

Vettel managed to move up to third, when Ricciardo came in once again on rapidly blistering tyres and Hamilton came in again too to switch to supersofts.

That’s when Hamilton lost his car to a fuel pressure problem, following teammate Bottas who had to retire due to gearbox issues.

The final order saw Verstappen lead Raikkonen and Vettel to the podium, with Ferrari oddly not invoking team orders for Vettel, while Grosjean brought his Haas in fourth ahead of teammate Kevin Magnussen, followed by the two Force India’s of Ocon and Perez. And this was one race where Alonso managed to show his mettle, coming in eighth from his pit lane start.

Max Verstappen wins 2018 Austrian GP
Photo: GEPA pictures/ Andreas Pranter // GEPA pictures/Red Bull Content Pool //

Verstappen added at the race end, “If you want to win a race this is the perfect place, in a Red Bull car at the Red Bull Ring. It was tougher than perhaps it looked but I just needed to be on top of my tyres. I’m very thankful to the engineers for making that strategy call. The fans in the grandstand were great, so many orange t-shirts there. The last few laps I could look a little bit to my left and they were really cheering me on, it was amazing.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Red Bull Racing362368
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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