Race Report: Russell wins Austrian GP as Norris, Vertappen collide

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George Russell inherited a terrific win at the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen and Lando Norris collide leaving Russell, Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz to take the podium spots.

I had a feeling that this would be a close-run thing and despite the result of the Sprint, I think it did reveal the possibility that the DRS zones and McLaren pace might make things difficult for Max Verstappen and his Red Bull. In the end, it was limited tire compounds that forced a used set of Mediums and a slow stop that set the cat among the pigeons.

Win

A big win for George Russell and Mercedes who have worked tirelessly to improve their car. Sure, he inherited the win but you have to be in a position to do so and George did just that running in a quiet P3 for most of the day. Also assisted by a very good qualifying position as well which is the opposite for McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

A win for McLaren and Oscar Piastri for a solid P2 and Oscar did a lot of heavy lifting to overcome a deleted qualifying lap for track limits. Had he not had that issue, there is every chance he may have won this race.

A nice surprise podium for Ferrari and Carlos Sainz as the team struggled this weekend to hang on to the Mercedes duo so a P3 was a nice result.

A win for Haas F1 with Nico Hulkenberg in P6 ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen in P8. Haas looked competitive on Sunday and brought home some nice points for the team.

A fail for Sergio Perez because with Max in trouble, the team needed Sergio to take the win. He was never in a position to help Max either.

Also a win for Daniel Ricciardo who finished ahead of his teammate Yuki Tsunoda in P9 and Pierre Gasly beating his teammate, Esteban Ocon, in P10.

Fail

A fail for Max Verstappen and Lando Norris who collided during the fight for P1. While Max garnered a penalty for causing a collision and ending Lando’s race, he did manage to finish in P5 and in the points. While social media is eviscerating Max, I’m not sure I saw it as that clear cut. Both drivers were aggressive with lunges from Lando and staunch defense from Max. It was hard racing from both and while Max squeezed Lando, there was room on the outside. I saw it as hard racing that ended in tears as can happen in F1.

A fail for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc. Charles had another one of those unforced error moments during qualifying that put him on the back foot for the race. He then got sandwiched and broke his front wing, boxed three times and the team felt points were on offer but that didn’t happen. He was the architect of his misfortune starting on Saturday.

A fail for Lewis Hamilton who had a ragged weekend with penalties and struggling for grip. Quite the contrast from what George was able to achieve.

WTH

Not sure what’s goin on with Fernando Alonso but punting Zho Guanyu off isn’t something you’d normally see from him. I can certainly sense his frustration but it’s starting to show on track. Is this the Aston Martin story coming to an end?

Not sure why Lando drove so fast back to the box with his tire shredding his car apart.

Pirelli Report:

As expected, the most effective strategy was a two-stop: those who did three or more – Verstappen, Leclerc, Alonso and Sargeant – did so for unforeseen circumstances, not by choice. All the drivers lined up on the grid on Medium tyres while, starting from pit lane, Zhou went with the Hard. The C4 and the C3 were the undoubted protagonists of this race, with the C5 only putting in an appearance at the end, used by Verstappen for the last seven laps after his enforced stop and by Alonso, who was trying for the race fastest lap, which he did indeed set. Daniel Ricciardo drove the longest stint of the race, completing a 34 lap third and final stint on the Hard tyre. The prize on Mediums goes to Pierre Gasly who did 29 laps and in this case too, the French Alpine driver did it in his final stint.

Austrian GP Results:

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
163George RussellMERCEDES711:24:22.79825
281Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES71+1.906s18
355Carlos SainzFERRARI71+4.533s15
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES71+23.142s12
51Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT71+37.253s10
627Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI71+54.088s8
711Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT71+54.672s6
820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI71+60.355s4
93Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT71+61.169s2
1010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT71+61.766s1
1116Charles LeclercFERRARI71+67.056s0
1231Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT71+68.325s0
1318Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES70+1 lap0
1422Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT70+1 lap0
1523Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES70+1 lap0
1677Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI70+1 lap0
1724Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI70+1 lap0
1814Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES70+1 lap0
192Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES69+2 laps0
204Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES64+7 laps0
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race-report-russell-wins-austrian-gp-as-norris-vertappen-collideGreat race with lots of action and strategy playing out. The passes were fun to watch and the drama always helps.
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Xean Drury

Whereas the media at large loved Hamilton in this phase of his career, it dislikes Max. Put HAM in Max’s place, and Norris would be the evil villain, I’m sure of it.

Lando needs to learn racing patience.

When you have bushels of laps left to go on fresh tires and are comfortably in the DRS zone, make Max use up his tires. Then pass. [Something it took “Mad Max” a while to learn as well]

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Well most of the f1 press are british, and God love em but they’re patriotic to a fault. I think you make a valid comparison, both Hamilton & Max can act gracious until they’re challenged, both Hamilton & Max have a way of widening their points gap over the person challenging him, no matter what it takes. Max is a great racer and also kind of a thug, nothing has changed. Nonetheless I for one kind of enjoyed watching it, it’s been building for months.