2019 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Recap

After the less than entertaining French Grand Prix, there was more than enough entertainment on track during the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix which eventually saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen take victory ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.

A good weekend for…

It was a good weekend for Max Verstappen as he claimed his first victory of the 2019 season which was also the first for the Red Bull-Honda partnership. To add to the positive weekend, the partnership’s first victory came at Red Bull’s home race.

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It was a good event for Antonio Giovinazzi, driving for Alfa Romeo Racing, who claimed his first point in Formula 1 after finishing tenth. An extension of this was that it was also Alfa Romeo’s first double points finish of 2019.

After the double points finish in France, it was another strong weekend for McLaren who scored another double points finish in Austria thanks to Lando Norris finishing in sixth while Carlos Sainz fought his way through the field to claim an eighth place finish.

A bad weekend for…

It was yet another difficult weekend for Haas with Romain Grosjean finishing sixteenth while Kevin Magnussen finished in nineteenth place.

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It wasn’t a great weekend for Renault either, with the gap between themselves and fourth placed McLaren extending to twenty points after both Renault’s failed to finish inside the top ten.

You could say that Lewis Hamilton had a ‘bad’ weekend after finishing fifth while his closest rival, Valtteri Bottas, managed to finish third, cutting the points gap between the two in the standings by five points. It however also says a lot about Hamilton’s form at the start of 2019 that having his championship lead cut to thirty one points and finishing outside the top two for the first time in 2019, can be considered a ‘bad’ weekend.

What next?

Formula 1 will return to action from 12 July to 14 July where they will be contesting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.


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