MERCEDES DOMINATE STYRIAN GRAND PRIX
A quality performance from Mercedes has led them to a
1-2 finish in Formula One's first double header. After finishing fourth last weekend Hamilton put in a vintage performance to take an early lead and dictate the pace from early on. Behind was Verstappen (Red Bull) and Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas (winner of the Austrian Grand Prix).
The Prancing Horses of Ferrari had a nightmare weekend with Vettel and Leclerc colliding by turn three on lap one causing Leclerc to go over Vettel's rear wing causing the four time World Champion to retire just one lap in, and to add to the nightmare Leclerc was then pitted to retire with floor damage from riding the curb at turn three on the first lap. This was Ferrari's worst result since Singapore 2017 when Raikkonen and Vettel became tangled up with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen taking both cars out by turn one.
The only other retirement during the race was the Renault of Esteban Ocon who retired with front brake issues.
We had some brilliant battles throughout the midfield with the the two Racing Points of Stroll and Perez along with the McLaren's of Sainz and Norris as well as the sole remaining Renault of Daniel Ricciardo. Fighting till the very end with Perez showing the true pace of his Racing Point taking the fight to Red Bull's Alex Albon who had a very lonely race in fourth place. Battles between Stroll and Norris gave us some fantastic on track action, with Norris taking two positions to finish a respectable fifth on the final lap.
In a stand out performance Sergio Perez showed what he was capable of in an F1 car which may save his seat for next year should Racing Point consider taking on Sebastian Vettel next season when they become Aston Martin.
Other good performances came from Carlos Sainz who started a career best third and managed only ninth but with a fastest lap to add one point to his total. And Lance Stroll in the second Racing Point who put in a shift for the team to come home in seventh place.
Next week is the Hungarian Grand Prix.