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Austrian GP (2018)

Austria Red Bull Ring
28 Jun - 01 Jul
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Strategy Report: How disruption turned Austrian GP on its head

James Allen analyses the Austrian Grand Prix, as Red Bull took full advantage of a Virtual Safety Car, and Mercedes fluffed its strategic lines.

Mercedes checks for "unknown gremlins" after double failure

Mercedes is still checking for "unknown gremlins" from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas's Austrian Grand Prix failures that could cause future penalties.

Grosjean relieved to stop "negative spiral"

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says his drive to fourth in the Austrian Grand Prix has stopped a “negative spiral” of incidents and tough races.

Verstappen showed "champion's quality" in Austria win

Red Bull motorsport chief Helmut Marko says Max Verstappen showed “champion’s quality” in his drive to victory in Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix.

Issue #32 of GP Gazette is now online

The latest issue of GP Gazette is online, with all of the news and insight from a turbulent Austrian Grand Prix.

Austrian GP: Best of team radio

Relive the Austrian Grand Prix with selected radio messages from the Formula 1 race, including the qualifying exchange between Red Bull and its drivers over slipstreaming.

Sainz says blistering made Renault car "undriveable"

Carlos Sainz said he found his Renault "undriveable" for much of the Austrian GP as he struck blistering issues – and the Spaniard says that his team must find a solution for its tyre issues.

Ferrari team orders would've been "brutal" - Wolff

Ferrari would have been "brutal" had it switched Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel's places with team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix, says Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff.

Pirelli surprised by tyre blistering in Austria

Pirelli says the tyre blistering that affected many drivers in the Austrian GP came as a surprise – despite it being an issue at the Red Bull Ring in the past.

Austrian Grand Prix driver ratings

Top marks in Austria for two drivers who were under huge pressure not so long ago, while one of the year's multiple race winners let himself down with a below-par weekend and some baffling antics.

Mercedes backs strategist Vowles after Austrian GP mistake

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has defended the team's Formula 1 strategist James Vowles after the decision not to pit Lewis Hamilton under the virtual safety car in the Austrian Grand Prix.

How Mercedes outdid its own Armageddon

No wonder Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff compared Austria 2018 to Spain '16 - it was another descent from total control to total wipeout, the fall less sudden than at Barcelona two years ago but more costly for the team's title hopes.

F1 Debrief: Verstappen’s cute tactic, Merc’s pain and silly season latest

Good morning. After a run of fairly uneventful Formula 1 races, the Austrian GP served us up a thriller as Max Verstappen showed maturity beyond his years, Ferrari got a title hopes boost and Mercedes had its most painful day of the modern era.

Austrian GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari).

Stroll hit with penalty for holding up Perez

Lance Stroll has been docked 10 seconds in the Austrian GP results and given three penalty points for failing to obey blue flags when running ahead of Sergio Perez in the closing laps.

Mercedes explains Hamilton VSC strategy mistake

Toto Wolff has explained Mercedes' thought process that led to the ultimately erroneous decision not to bring Lewis Hamilton into the pits during an Austrian Grand Prix virtual safety car.

Verstappen engine turned down after Ricciardo failure

Red Bull turned down Max Verstappen's Renault Formula 1 engine during the Austrian Grand Prix as it feared the race winner may suffer a repeat of Daniel Ricciardo's retirement.

Gasly: Vandoorne hit left me in "rallycross" race

Pierre Gasly says his clash with Stoffel Vandoorne at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix meant his race was more like "rallycross than Formula 1".

Raikkonen: Verstappen and I did well not to crash

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says he and Max Verstappen did well not to crash in their wheel-banging tussle on the opening lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Mercedes "can't afford to throw away points" like this

Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes Formula 1 team “can't afford to throw away points” the way it did in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Red Bull reveals tactic that helped Verstappen win

Max Verstappen's "cute" tactic of backing off through the final two corners at the Red Bull Ring has been singled out by his team as a key factor in his brilliant victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Austrian GP: Verstappen wins as Mercedes self-destructs

Max Verstappen claimed a shock first win of the 2018 Formula 1 season at Red Bull's home race as Mercedes' challenge imploded in a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen's Village visit gave him “goosebumps”

Max Verstappen says a visit to his fan village “gave me goosebumps”, as his adoring fans went wild for their hero on Saturday night.

Live: Follow the Austrian GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Austrian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.