The Roundup returns after a one-race break! The Austrian hills may not have come alive with the sound of (engine) music, but the Dutch contingent made sure to paint the town orange that weekend…
A third DRS Zone was added in a bid to help overtaking:
Test yourself with this Austrian GP quiz:
Nico Hulkenberg looks really good in a…dress?
All four F1 rookies have previously raced on this track. Which one will impress the most?
Looks like the Mercedes lineup will be unchanged for 2019…
In things you never thought you’d read again: Kimi Raikkonen back to…McLaren?!
He doesn’t want to talk about it, though…
Updated PU Elements used by drivers pre-Austrian GP:
Pierre Gasly drove a badass KTM X-Bow around the Ring in an exhibition run:
Can Daniel Ricciardo notch a (positive) record on his birthday?
Max Verstappen has a special helmet for the weekend:
FP1: Sebastian Vettel & Stoffel Vandoorne almost collided in the pitlane. Yikes.
F1 teams want even less testing for next year…
McLaren then got fined for Vandoorne’s FP1 unsafe release:
That’s a lot of Freddos.
FP2: Pierre Gasly broke his suspension after riding a kerb, causing a Red Flag.
Spotted: Bernie Ecclestone in the paddock!
Perhaps he was waiting for his backgammon buddy, Seb Vettel?
Haas were also investigated for Kevin Magnussen’s unsafe release:
In really weird things to do at the Paddock:
Meanwhile, The “Charles Leclerc to Ferrari 2019” talks have gone into overdrive:
FP3: It’s now Brendon Hartley who gets caught out by the kerb…
Max’s car wasn’t very cooperative:
The Universal Fave Charles Leclerc, got a 5-place grid penalty for an unauthorized gearbox change
Quali: Vettel was put under investigation after seemingly blocking Carlos Sainz on a hot lap:
Drama at Red Bull, when Max was ordered to overtake Dan to give him a tow, but refused:
Meanwhile, the McLaren pitbox line has been…angled?
Ron Dennis just shuddered at the sight of that photo.
Valtteri Bottas coolly took pole, & then celebrated with…ice cream.
Magnum and Finns: A Winning Combination.
Vettel took a 3-place grid penalty for the incident vs Sainz. Opinion among fans and experts were divided. Were the stewards robbing the fans of a fair title fight?
Toro Rosso had to fit a new PU on Hartley’s car, demoting him to P20 on the grid:
The Red Bull drivers don their usual lederhosens for their home race:
Fernando Alonso started from the pitlane after a late front wing change:
Ex-F1 driver Ant Davidson explains the buttons on the Mercedes steering wheel:
That three-way fight at the opening lap got fans yelling. Just look at that balls-to-the-wall racing!
Nico Hulkenberg was surprisingly the first to retire, though through no fault of his own:
From poleman to nowhereman. Bottas was forced to retire after a hydraulic failure:
Misfortune also struck the birthday boy, as Ricciardo retired due to a gearbox issue:
An odd stat for birthday boys in F1:
He got a pretty snazzy birthday cake from Red Bull, if it’s any consolation:
The Move of the Day: Sebastian Vettel’s thrilling overtake on championship rival Lewis Hamilton:
Seven laps from the end, Hamilton was also forced to retire. Shocker!
The stats on Mercedes retirements:
Max Verstappen and his lion helmet roared to a win, and recreated the same podium as his 1st win in Spain:
More Max stats:
He was voted DoTD:
Safe to say the Dutch fans who turned out in droves to support Max were pleased.
Kimi Raikkonen took a solid P2, and snatched the Fastest Lap, his 1st of the 2018 season:
The Sauber boys had a good race, too. Yes, not just Leclerc, Ericsson joined in on the party as well!
Haas finally got a break, and took their best finish so far this year:
Let’s not forget Fernando Alonso’s mega pitlane to P8 drive:
Just waiting for his quote saying it’s his best career drive…
Carlos Sainz got a reprimand post-race for the incident with Esteban Ocon:
Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez got investigated for an incident involving blue flags:
Stroll got a 10 second penalty and 3 penalty points:
Fans weren’t such…fans of the virtual advertising:
There seems to be a developing bromance between Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen:
The new Driver standings:
And the Constructor’s:
A new record for F1:
How close is this Championship turning out to be?
They go again in a few days’ time, when F1 is “coming home”. Silverstone, you have a lot to live up to!