Vettel Wins in Wet Return to Austria


188Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:17.0561:16.661
220Kevin MagnussenToyota1:17.4171:17.609+0.756
339Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:17.8501:17.542+0.881
494Pascal WehrleinToyota1:17.8311:17.709+1.048
547Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:19.8471:17.748+1.087
618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:17.9561:18.010+1.295
77Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:18.4251:18.203+1.542
863George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:18.2591:18.533+1.598
923Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:18.9191:18.795+2.134
1055Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:18.9601:18.839+2.178
1157Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:19.2491:18.964+2.303
121Victoria DesaiFerrari1:19.5301:19.005+2.344
1356Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:19.0081:20.052+2.347
1460Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:19.4631:19.257+2.596
1526Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:19.7111:19.464+2.803
164Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:19.9311:19.794+3.133
1781Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:20.6191:20.047+3.386
1810Alessio LorandiFerrari1:20.2931:20.453+3.632
1970Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:20.5461:20.461+3.800
2033Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:20.5901:21.197+3.929
2198Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:21.9401:20.836+4.175
2229Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:21.1091:20.879+4.218
2395Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:21.2791:21.483+4.618
2480Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:21.9691:21.764+5.103
2511Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:21.7951:22.208+5.134
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:23.0041:22.641+5.980


The rain took its tribute as Einar Ármannsson aquaplaned into Kevin Magnussen, costing them both points.
After a long six years, Formula One has returned to the beautiful country of Austria and the gods themselves cried tears of joy; that is the only explanation for the strong rain that haunted the weekend and caused interruptions in multiple practice sessions.

Regrettably, the weather could not change the fortunes at the front of the grid, despite (or because?) of 10 safety car laps. Sebastian Vettel is an elite wet weather competitor and so him in the most powerful car on the grid made him a very predictable winner.

Victoria Desai continues her impressive, but unsuccessful, title defence by matching her season-best result with a fourth place. Yet, her heroics faded to the efforts of Charles Leclerc and Robert Shwartzman, who earned points that will very much help their squads.

The latter profited from Ármannsson’s blunder, the MRT driver ruining the race of Toyota driver Kevin Magnussen and earning himself a time penalty. This compounded a horrible race for MRT, as Jules Bianchi retired with a major motor failure.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd63:07.123610
247Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+8.31858
388Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota+27.06117
41Victoria DesaiFerrari+51.687125
539Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota+67.40434
694Pascal WehrleinToyota+72.64243
77Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota+78.48572
826Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+79.100151
956Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW+65.980*13
1081Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap17
1155Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap10
1270Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap19
1333Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap20
1420Kevin MagnussenToyota1 Lap2
1529Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap22
1657Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap11
1710Alessio LorandiFerrari1 Lap18
184Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1 Lap16
1980Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap23
2095Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap21
2160Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1 Lap14
2211Terry HawkinFAST-BMW2 Laps25
2398Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari2 Laps21
2421Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW2 Laps26
DNF23Jules BianchiMRT-BMWMotor9
DNF63George RussellMcEwan-MercedesMotor8

* 20-second time penalty

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:21.515

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Charles Leclerc – excellent performance in the wet ensures Sauber is ahead of Dawson in the standings.

Reject Of The Race:

Einar Ármannsson – cost himself valuable points and may have destroyed his slim title hopes with a silly accident.