Who had a good day at the office and who had a race to forget? F1 Top 10 looks back on the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix picking out the Winners and Losers.
Valtteri Bottas: The Finn scored his second career victory after winning the Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver made a lightning quick start and was largely in control of the race until the latter stages when he struggled for grip on tyres. With Vettel closing in, Bottas, kept his cool and claimed victory to put him just 15 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton with the Finn now in the hunt for the championship.
Daniel Ricciardo: Fresh from his victory in Azerbaijan, the Australian, made it five consecutive podiums after finishing third at Red Bull’s home race. A crucial move on the first lap on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen saw the Aussie move up into the podium places and from there he was able to stave off the late challenge from Lewis Hamilton to continue his incredible run of results.
Romain Grosjean: Haas equalled their total points tally of 2016 after just nine races in style with Romain Grosjean finishing sixth, earning him the tag of “best of the rest.” After a dismal race in Azerbaijan, the Frenchman, was back to his best and made a great start running as high as fourth in the early stages before having to settle for sixth.
Force India: Another double points finish for Force India saw Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finish seventh and eight respectively. While the team would have hoped to get more out of the race they consolidated fourth place in the constructors championship while Perez moved ahead of Max Verstappen in the drivers’ championship.
Max Verstappen: With 10,000 Dutch fans covering the grandstands in a sea of orange the Dutchman would have hoped to end his run of bad luck. However, the Red Bull driver’s race was over before it really started with Daniil Kvyat colliding into the back of Fernando Alonso who in turn made contact with Verstappen before the first turn. The collision put an end to both Alonso and Verstappen’s race prematurely with the DNF for the Dutchman now his fifth in seven races.
Kevin Magnussen: A weekend to forget for Magnussen who had to retire from the race while chasing Palmer after his Haas car suffered a hydraulic failure with the Dane making clear his frustration over team radio. In qualifying, the Haas driver also suffered problems with suspension failure forcing him to start 15th despite being seventh in practice two and three. With his teammate Grosjean finishing sixth, Magnussen, will be left wondering what could have been.
Jolyon Palmer: The Brit narrowly missed out on a points finish after finishing 11th for the third time this season. After starting 16th, the Renault driver made several places up during the race but ultimately failed in his quest to get his first points of 2017 with just 0.5 seconds separating Lance Stroll in 10th and Palmer in eleventh. However, the Brit did manage to finish ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg for the first time in a race this season where both Renault cars have finished.
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