2019 Austria Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: With thoughts to the citizens of Europe who are suffering through a brutal heat wave, there could be a silver lining for F1 fans. If Mercedes does indeed have issues with extreme heat, it may not change the championship outcome, but it could make the next few races fun to watch.
EVENT: Thousands of orange clad fans make this Netherlands South.
TRACK: It has features. It has curbing. It has grass and sand traps. It has walls not too far off course. It makes you pay for going off. It stops all the whining.
QUALIFYING: On the one hand Ferrari finally gets pole, on the other hand once again they fail, Hamilton gets dropped two positions, Magnussen is fantastic, Albon and Sainz qualifying efforts mean nothing, Kvyat gets quite a scare, and like a broken record Stroll doesn't get out of Q1 again.
RACE: That. Is. What. You. Call. A. Race.
START: Leclerc gets the jump, Verstappen is atrocious, Norris gives it to Hamilton before Lewis sets him straight, and Vettel looks to move up.
VERSTAPPEN: When Max is on and has the car to contend, like him or not, he makes the race thrilling and memorable.
LECLERC: It's only his second year, so it's not like he has some kind of curse on him. But what will it take for Charles to win a race he dominates?
HONDA: McLaren, who? Honda still has a lot of work to do, but they got to be enjoying a last laugh.
RED BULL: An Adrian Newey chassis with an engine that can properly propel it? It might not be too far away when this becomes an unbeatable combination.
FERRARI: Even when they make a smart call (calling Vettel in early), they mess it up (not being ready for the sudden pit stop).
BOTTAS: In some regards, a nice answer to last week, as Valtteri did gain points on Hamilton.
HAMILTON: When was the last time you heard Lewis was the last car on the lead lap?
MERCEDES: Heat related problems or not, we fully expect the Silver Arrows to figure it out and be back strong. So, we can't get too carried away with any conclusions from this race.
VETTEL: Nothing really to say here...
GASLY: Lapped by his own teammate. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse.
SAINZ: If it wasn't for Verstappen, Carlos' former teammate no less, Sainz would be the driver of the day going from a pit road start to eighth.
NORRIS: Bsut let's not let Sainz overshadow a brilliant weekend for Lance.
MCLAREN: At least they are getting the Renault to work and look stronger every race. Even if a Honda actually won the race...
GIOVINAZZI: Antonio scores a point!
WILLIAMS: Will anyone at Williams get a point? (That was rhetorical.)
HAAS: Just pathetic.
KUBICA: The only driver lapped three times. Sad.
F2: It was a great weekend for Honda all around. The driver they are grooming for F1, Nobuharu Matsushita, won the F2 feature race.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Racing.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 91 -- Temperature in Fahrenheit on the grid which ended up hampering the Mercedes and helped provide us an entertaining race.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This was Honda's first win since 2006 when they won one race -- the Hungarian GP with Jenson Button driving the factory team's car in wet/dry conditions after starting 14th. His teammate, Rubens Barrichello finished fourth.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Max Verstappen saying what all us race fans were thinking, "It's hard racing, otherwise we have to stay at home. If those things are not allowed in racing, then what's the point of being in F1?"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Christian Horner also spoke for all us race fans, "It's incomprehensible to think they would have changed the podium after a race like that. It was just the tonic that F1 needed."
SCHEDULE: We can't wait for Silverstone.
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