2018 Austrian Grand Prix

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2018 Austrian Grand Prix
Race 9 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Red Bull Ring
Layout of the Red Bull Ring
Race details[1]
Date 1 July 2018
Official name Formula 1 Eyetime Großer Preis von Österreich 2018
Location 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)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:03.130
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Time 1:06.957 on lap 71 (lap record)
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

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.

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.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

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.[2]

Qualifying[edit]

In Q2, Carlos Sainz had to avoid Vettel, who was going slowly on the racing line. Vettel was later awarded 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.

Race[edit]

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, 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.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:04.175 1:03.756 1:03.130 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:04.080 1:03.577 1:03.149 2
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:04.347 1:03.544 1:03.464 61
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:04.234 1:03.975 1:03.660 3
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:04.273 1:04.001 1:03.840 4
6 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:04.242 1:04.059 1:03.892 5
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:04.723 1:04.403 1:03.996 7
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:04.460 1:04.291 1:04.051 8
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:04.948 1:04.561 1:04.725 9
10 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:04.864 1:04.676 1:05.019 10
11 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:05.148 1:04.845 11
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:05.011 1:04.874 12
13 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:04.967 1:04.979 172
14 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:04.965 1:05.058 PL3
15 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:05.264 1:05.286 13
16 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:05.271 14
17 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:05.279 15
18 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:05.322 16
19 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:05.366 194
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:05.479 18
107% time: 1:08.565
Source:[3]
Notes
  • ^1Sebastian Vettel received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Carlos Sainz Jr. in Q2.
  • ^2Charles Leclerc received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^3Fernando Alonso required to start from the pit lane for changing to a new specification of front wing assembly and a new MGU-K.
  • ^4Brendon Hartley received a 35-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 71 1:21:56.024 4 25
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +1.504 3 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 +3.181 6 15
4 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 5 12
5 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 8 10
6 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 11 8
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 15 6
8 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 70 +1 lap PL 4
9 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 17 2
10 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 18 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 70 +1 lap 12
12 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 70 +1 lap 9
13 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps 16
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 69 +2 laps1 13
152 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 65 Collision damage 14
Ret 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 62 Fuel pressure 2
Ret 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 54 Hydraulics 19
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 53 Exhaust 7
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 13 Hydraulics 1
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 11 Engine 10
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^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 race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austria". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Coch, Mat (26 June 2018). "Third DRS zone added for Austrian Grand Prix". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Formula 1 Eyetime Grosser Preis von Österreich 2018 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 30 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Formula 1 Eyetime Grosser Preis von Österreich 2018 – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.

External links[edit]


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