2018 Austrian Grand Prix
The 2018 Austrian Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Eyetime Großer Preis von Österreich 2018) was a Formula One motor race held on 1 July 2018 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The race, which was contested over seventy-one laps, was the ninth round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, and marked the 32nd running of the Austrian Grand Prix and the 31st time it had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the series inception in 1950.
|2018 Austrian Grand Prix|
Race 9 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Red Bull Ring
|Date||1 July 2018|
|Official name||Formula 1 Eyetime Großer Preis von Österreich 2018|
Red Bull Ring|
Spielberg, Styria, Austria
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.318 km (2.683 mi)|
|Distance||71 laps, 306.452 km (190.420 mi)|
|Time||1:06.957 on lap 71 (lap record)|
|First||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer|
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a fourteen-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship. In the constructors' championship, Mercedes held a twenty-five-point lead over Ferrari. The race was won by Max Verstappen for Red Bull, marking the first time that Red Bull has won at their home Grand Prix. This race also marked the first double retirement for Mercedes since the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix and the first retirement for Hamilton since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
The circuit included three drag reduction system (DRS) zones for the first time. These included a zone along the main straight, with the second zone on the straight from Turn 1 to Turns 2 and 3, and a third zone extending from Turn 3 to Turn 4.
In Q2, Carlos Sainz had to avoid Vettel, who was going slowly on the racing line. Vettel was later awarded with a 3 place grid penalty for the incident. Mercedes locked out the front row in Q3 and Valtteri Bottas took his first pole of 2018. The Ferraris locked out the second row however Romain Grosjean outqualified Daniel Ricciardo to take P6.
Bottas had a poor start from pole position. Initially passed by Hamilton, Räikkönen and Verstappen, he reclaimed P2 overtaking Verstappen and Räikkönen around the outside of Turn 4. Shortly after Verstappen overtook Räikkönen for P3. Stoffel Vandoorne broke his front wing at Turn 3, requiring a pitstop, dropping him to the back of the field. On lap 12, Nico Hülkenberg's engine failed on the start/finish straight, causing his immediate retirement from the race. On lap 14, Bottas retired with a gearbox failure which was originally caused by hydraulic problems, causing a Virtual Safety Car. During the VSC period, Ferrari and Red Bull pitted both their cars. Mercedes, however, chose not to pit Hamilton, an error for which James Vowles, Mercedes' chief strategist, was heard to apologize via team radio. Hamilton pitted on lap 25, ceding the lead to Verstappen, and rejoined in P4, ahead of Vettel, who overtook him on lap 39. On lap 54 Ricciardo retired with an exhaust problem and then Brendon Hartley retired on the next lap with a hydraulics issue. Hamilton retired on lap 64 with a fuel pressure problem, giving Mercedes only their third double retirement since returning to F1 as a constructor in 2010 (after Australia 2011 and Spain 2016), their first double retirement due to mechanical failures, and Hamilton's first non-finish since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix. Verstappen won the race, giving Red Bull their first win at the Red Bull Ring, and Verstappen his first win of the season. The Haas cars finished P4 and P5, giving them their best points finish ever and Grosjean his first points of the season.
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:04.273||1:04.001||1:03.840||4|
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:04.723||1:04.403||1:03.996||7|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:04.948||1:04.561||1:04.725||9|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:05.148||1:04.845||11|
|12||10||Pierre Gasly||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:05.011||1:04.874||12|
|17||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:05.279||15|
|19||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:05.366||194|
|107% time: 1:08.565|
- ^1 – Sebastian Vettel received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Carlos Sainz Jr. in Q2.
- ^2 – Charles Leclerc received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^3 – Fernando Alonso required to start from the pit lane for changing to a new specification of front wing assembly and a new MGU-K.
- ^4 – Brendon Hartley received a 35-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
- ^1 – Lance Stroll originally finished 13th, but had 10 seconds added to his race time for ignoring blue flags.
- ^2 – Stoffel Vandoorne retired from the race, but was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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