Toto Wolff must be gutted.
Mercedes started the race with a 1-2 grid lockout, but their joy was short lived as Valtteri Bottas retired early in the race with hydraulic systems failure followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the last 10 laps.
This unfortunate turn of events ended Lewis Hamilton’s record 66-race point scoring run and has once again let Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari claim the points championship.
Red Bull had a bittersweet weekend at their home track in Austria as Max Verstappen took his first 1st place finish of 2018, in stark contrast to his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered a gearbox failure 2/3 of the way through, bringing an unfortunate end to his birthday weekend race. This is the third consecutive time Verstappen has been on the podium this year, and the first time Red Bull claimed victory at their home circuit.
Ferrari took home second and third as Kimi Raikkonen led his teammate Sebastian Vettel by mere seconds. Romain Grosjean of Haas Ferrari finished fourth, his highest finish this year and his first points-scoring position this year.
The real winner this weekend though wasn’t Ferrari or Red Bull, it was the track itself. Track temperatures for the race were 20 degrees higher than in the qualifying sessions, wreaking havoc on the rear tires of the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton. The high temperatures, tight corners and high speeds of the track caused mechanical issues left and right, with a total of five racers retiring due to mechanical issues. Niko Hulkenberg of Renault blew his engine to pieces halfway through the race, belching smoke and oil onto the track. Brendon Hartley, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton all retired due to various mechanical failures.
The next race comes up in one week at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom.
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