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The factors that could make Austria the antidote to F1’s woes
Ferrari topped Friday practice in Austria, although the order was muddied by a couple of hefty shunts. The Red Bull Ring's grass and gravel traps make it a sterner test than Paul Ricard, but the reason so many came a cropper was a little more complex than that…
Coming a few days after the open-plan madness of Paul Ricard, a track delineated virtually by white, blue and red paint, it was refreshing to see Formula 1 cars back on a circuit with what might be termed 'natural' track limits.
Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, who both crashed during FP2, might disagree with that after heavy impacts, as might Sebastian Vettel – who spun and just kept the rear end of his Ferrari out of the barrier after losing it on turn-in to the final corner. Amazingly, the Red Bull Ring has now claimed more victims in three hours of practice running than the close walls of Monaco managed over a whole race weekend.
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory
The tragic events of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix changed Formula 1 forever. Here, 17 of the drivers who took part explain how they coped with the devastating deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.
Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.
As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival
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