F1 Preview: Austria Grand Prix
French GP recapAnother Hamilton masterclass sealed a dominant win for the British driver around the Paul Ricard circuit in what was Mercedes 8th consecutive win at the start of 2019, 10 if you include the final 2 races of 2018!
Bottas made it another 1-2 for the Silver Arrows, although the Ferrari of Leclerc was closing fast in the final stages but ultimately had to settle for the final podium position. Verstappen was a lonely 4th whilst Vettel recovered to 5th after starting 7th.
Raikkonen returned to form with a solid 7th place following the penalty applied to Ricciardo, whilst it was more disappointment for the home favourite Gasly in the Red Bull as he came home just inside the points to claim 10th position. Arguably Sainz put in the driver of the day performance to be 'best of the rest' in the McLaren after finishing 6th, however it was his team-mate Norris who was awarded the accolade after some impressive driving with a number of issues to deal with in the latter stages of the race - coming home in 9th.
French GP Top 10: 1. Hamilton, 2. Bottas, 3. Leclerc, 4. Verstappen, 5. Vettel, 6. Sainz, 7. Raikkonen, 8.Hulkenberg, 9. Norris, 10. Gasly
Last season we had the very rare sight of a double retirement for Mercedes after engine failures ended hopes of a win for both Bottas and then Hamilton. In the end it was fan favourite Verstappen who claimed a popular win around the Red Bull Ring, ahead of the 2 Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel. Perhaps similar misfortune is required this year too if we're to see anyone other than a Mercedes victory this Sunday.
My top 10 prediction (after popular demand) - 1. Hamilton, 2. Bottas, 3. Vettel, 4. Verstappen,5. Leclerc, 6. Raikkonen, 7. Ricciardo, 8. Gasly, 9. Sainz, 10. Magnussen
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Good luck with those picks and enjoy the race!
By Jack Lowe #KeepFightingMichael