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2021 Steiermark Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The tide is definitely turning. Red Bull is now the team to beat. How will Mercedes respond?

EVENT: Limited fans this weekend. Planned full capacity next weekend. The Dutch fans are already on their way...

TRACK: Rewards drivers, as Max Verstappen and George Russell showed.

QUALIFYING: Verstappen dominates qualifying, Mercedes messes up their on track positioning for the final run, Norris is outstanding, Russell is the star of qualifying, Sainz, Ricciardo, and Vettel are disappointed, and Ocon is worse than disappointing.

RACE: Back to a dominating "boring" race. But wait! It's not Mercedes doing the honors. It's Red Bull. Isn't this what we all wanted?

START: Verstappen and Hamilton are strong and clean, Norris and Perez get into a great battle, Gasly gets punctured and Leclerc breaks a wing against each other, and Ricciardo makes a massive jump.

VERSTAPPEN: More important than the dominating performance is the dominating confidence Max feels right now in his car.

PEREZ: Just missed a podium after a lengthy pit stop.

RED BULL: Home track heroes.

MERCEDES: They weren't even close enough to try a two-stop surprise. That's how thoroughly they got beaten.

HAMILTON: Does Lewis really want to re-up with Mercedes? Asking for a friend...

BOTTAS: Barely hung onto third while getting destroyed by his teammate.

NORRIS: Another fine drive. Another best of the rest fifth place.

RICCIARDO: A temporary power loss doomed Daniel from marching through the field.

MCLAREN: Despite Ricciardo's problems, McLaren is a lot more consistent than their rivals for third place, Ferrari.

FERRARI: We tip our hats to the Ferrari strategists. That's a praise you haven't heard much in a while. And, they had to strategize on the fly after Leclerc's first lap issues.

LECLERC: Well deserved fans' choice for drive of the race.

SAINZ: Took advantage of his teammate's misfortune to give Ferrari a nice points haul.

TSUNODA: A relatively uneventful weekend. Which for Yuki, is a good thing.

OCON: New three-year contract followed by two 14th place finishes.

RUSSELL: This time, George truly had a top 10 finish in hand ... until his car failed.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Runaway.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 4 -- And counting, as Red Bull extends their winning streak.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Honda Racing won't be able to enjoy this again as Michael Masi warned Red Bull don't do it again. But for Sunday, they did enjoy it in their tweet, "Seeing out the #StyrianGP in style. Burnt rubber never smelt so good."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton clearly summed it up, "We had no answer to them."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: George Russell states what every race car driver at every level has felt at least once, "Racing is just brutal. It’s not meant to be easy."

SCHEDULE: Will it be déjà vu all over again? Or will Mercedes be able to do a better job than Red Bull preserving the softer compounds to be used?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 71
2. Hamilton 71
3. Bottas 71
4. Perez 71
5. Norris 70
6. Sainz 70
7. Leclerc 70
8. Stroll 70
9. Alonso 70
10. Tsunoda(R) 70
11. Raikkonen 70
12. Vettel 70
13. Ricciardo 70
14. Ocon 70
15. Giovinazzi 70
16. Schumacher(R) 69
17. Latifi 68
18. Mazepin(R) 68
NC Russell 36
NC Gasly 1

Time of Race
1:22:18.925

Margin of Victory
35.743 secs.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
None

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Max Verstappen

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 156
2. Hamilton 138
3. Perez 96
4. Norris 86
5. Bottas 74
6. Leclerc 58
7. Sainz 50
8. Gasly 37
9. Ricciardo 34
10. Vettel 30
11. Alonso 19
12. Stroll 14
13. Ocon 12
14. Tsunoda(R) 9
15. Raikkonen 1
  Giovinazzi 1

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 252
2. Mercedes 212
3. McLaren 120
4. Ferrari 108
5. AlphaTauri 46
6. Aston Martin 44
7. Alpine 31
8. Alfa Romeo 2
 
 

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2020 Thoughts
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Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
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Monaco Canada France Austria
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Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
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Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
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Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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