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Race highlights - Austria 2017 - Tense start and finish bookend the race in Spielberg

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The first corner and lap of the Austrian Grand Prix tend to offer up a little bit of chaos, and it was no different today as we saw a collision or two, some great starts, some poor getaways and a handful of changes of position. Whilst the middle portion of the race didn't really kick into gear, the final ten laps or so really saw strategies make a big difference and it was a superbly close finish.

Lap by lap coverage of the race, provided by the Factbyte Factbox, will guide you through the highs and lows of the Austrian Grand Prix, and catch you up if you missed any of the action.

As it happened: Austria 2017 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Valtteri Bottas wins from pole, holding off Vettel for the victory.
  • Hamilton moves up to fight for a podium but ends up fourth in another tight battle to the line.
  • Verstappen retires early after lap 1 collision caused by Kvyat also takes out Alonso.
  • Both Williams drivers finish in the top ten after gaining places on the start.
  • Force India also get a double DNF, whilst Toro Rosso struggle.
  • 12:30

    Hello F1 fans and friends, how have you been? Recovered from Baku and all ready for Austria? Then you're in the perfect place!

  • 12:31
    Circuit Data
    Red Bull Ring
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1963
    Number of laps71
    Circuit length4.326km
    Race distance307.020km
    Start offset0.126km
  • 12:31

    Valtteri Bottas has secured pole position for the race today, and Lewis Hamilton qualified third but takes a five place grid penalty to drop back down the top ten.

  • 12:32

    It's looks sunny but cloudy above the Spielberg track at the moment, which could mean mixed conditions as the afternoon unfolds.

  • 12:32
  • 12:34

    Williams may have been celebrating a podium last time out in Baku, but this weekend they have qualified towards the rear of the field. Both cars dropped out in Q3 which was a disappointing sight.

  • 12:34

    The two Haas drivers suffered issues in qualifying too, with Magnussen picking up suspension failure, and Grosjean stopping out on track in Q3 (and halting all the final flying laps).

  • 12:36
    Starting Grid
    1V BottasMercedes
    2S VettelFerrari
    3K RäikkönenFerrari
    4D RicciardoRed Bull
    5M VerstappenRed Bull
    6R GrosjeanHaas
    7S PérezForce India
    8L HamiltonMercedes
    9E OconForce India
    10C SainzToro Rosso
  • 12:37

    TweetTweet from @SauberF1Team: Ready to race! 25 min until the #AustrianGP, @Ericsson_Marcus starts from the grid, @PWehrlein from the pit lane

  • 12:38

    Wehrlein is starting from the pit lane as there were some changes made to the turbo on his Sauber whilst under parc fermé conditions.

  • 12:40

    The grid is bustling as cars are pushed into position and the mechanics make their final preparations. Frankie Dettori has also been spotted pottering around.

  • 12:42

    QuoteFelipe Massa, on the grid: "Not where we want to be in qualifying, but I really hope we can do anything that helps and makes us gain positions, and finish in a different position that we started in. We’ll try anything."

  • 12:42

    QuoteDaniil Kvyat on the state of the track today: Not too dissimilar compared to yesterday, nothing really outstanding so let’s see what the weather will be doing. It's 50/50 I would say, hard to predict, it will be interesting if it rains but we will see."

  • 12:44
    2017 Race Wins
    1Sebastian Vettel3
    2Lewis Hamilton3
    3Valtteri Bottas1
    4Daniel Ricciardo1
  • 12:46

    QuoteJolyon Palmer, on the grid: "This first lap’s one of the crazier ones. We’ve got to try and keep her nose clean, I’m quite happy to be starting on the inside here, there’s a lot of people running wide here normally."

  • 12:46

    QuoteSergio Pérez: "We are in a good position, there’s everything to play for today. The weather, as well, we don’t know what’s going to happen, so hoping for a good one today."

  • 12:47

    The drivers have made their way to the front of the grid for the national anthem.

  • 12:48

    @karunchandhok: Sunny on the grid - rain clouds not far we're told. The pole man @ValtteriBottas looking relaxed here on the grid.

  • 12:52

    Race controlRisk of rain for the session is 60%.

  • 12:52

    However, Marcus Ericsson has just been told over the radio that there is no rain on the radar at the moment.

  • 12:53

    This is Red Bull's home track, of course, so they've got that advantage going for them this weekend. There are a huge number of Max Verstappen fans in the crowd as well.

  • 12:54
    Race Battle
    Red BullFinished Ahead
    D Ricciardo5
    M Verstappen3
  • 12:55

    QuoteLance Stroll, dashing back to his car: "We’re not starting where we want to start. It’s a long afternoon, weather is… it could rain, you never know what could happen on days like today."

  • 13:00

    There are plenty of wary eyes watching the Force India pair as well, after two races of inter-team battles that haven't always ended well. Today they are starting one behind the other on the grid, Sergio Pérez ahead, and with one Lewis Hamilton between them.

  • 13:01

    A great mix of starting tyres for the grid today. The top ten all except for Hamilton are on the ultrasofts, with Lewis on the supersoft.

  • 13:01

    Outside the top ten, Hülkenberg, Magnussen, Stroll and Wehrlein are on the red supersofts. Palmer and Massa are going all in on the yellow softs. And that leaves both McLarens, Kvyat and Ericsson on the purples.

  • 13:02

    The formation lap is underway, it's a speedy one this time out, plenty of weaving going on to warm up that rubber.

  • 13:03

    Bottas pulls to a halt in that pole position slot and the pack lines up behind him.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Hamilton has easily passed the Force Indias, so the two pink cars are together on track.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Fernando Alonso has dropped down the order, looks like he was hit by someone.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Räikkönen has dropped back a couple of places after being pushed wide off track. He's in fifth.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Max Verstappen has dropped to the very read of the field, the car is crawling slowly around the track, will he even make it back to the pit lane?

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Seems like Kvyat hit Alonso as both those drivers have come into the pit lane.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Team radioTeam radio to Max Verstappen: "Okay Max, please pull over and switch the engine off. Retire the car. Sorry mate."

    Five retirements out of seven for Max.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Vettel has reported to his crew that Bottas may have jumped the start. Meanwhile, Räikkönen passes Grosjean to take fourth place.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Replays at last, into the first corner, Kvyat just didn't brake, hit Alonso who in turn bumped into Verstappen. The Red Bull driver had a really poor start and that's why he was in the mix anyway.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Alonso has retired from the race at this point, but Kvyat managed to rejoin the race.

  • 13:08 Lap 5

    TweetTweet from @redbullracing: Up and underway for the #AustrianGP Daniel up into P3. Max involved in a collision at turn one

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    Kvyat had a great start, Sainz had a poor one. Kvyat got past his teammate but then forgot to brake into the first corner and caused chaos.

  • 13:09 Lap 6

    Race controlIncident involving V Bottas noted - jump start.

  • 13:10 Lap 6

    Race controlTurn 1 incident involving D Kvyat under investigation - causing a collision.

  • 13:11 Lap 7

    TweetTweet from @Jamesallenonf1: That lunge by Kvyat will anger @redbullracing management as it led to Verstappen retiring. Could be like post Sochi 2016 anger

  • 13:12 Lap 8
    Driver Positions
    10V Bottas0
    20S Vettel0
    31D Ricciardo0
    4-1K Räikkönen0
    53L Hamilton0
    60R Grosjean0
    70S Pérez0
    81E Ocon0
    98F Massa0
    108L Stroll0
  • 13:12 Lap 8

    Both Williams drivers have somehow got into the top ten which is an impressive feat!

  • 13:13 Lap 8

    Lewis Hamilton has passed Romain Grosjean to move into fifth place, he complained he wouldn't have much chance of overtaking before the race started but he's doing okay so far.

  • 13:14 Lap 10

    Race controlDrive through penalty for D Kvyat - causing a collision.

  • 13:15 Lap 11

    We're only ten laps in and are seeing blue flags already - that's due to Daniil Kvyat being so far behind after his early pit stop - and he now takes his drive through penalty as well.

  • 13:17 Lap 12

    Early gap analysis - Bottas comfortable out front but Hamilton clawing his way back into the fight.

    Gap Analysis
  • 13:17 Lap 13

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: We're expecting one stop to be the optimal strategy; supersoft to soft being the theoretical quickest choice.

  • 13:18 Lap 13

    Verstappen has made his way back to the pit wall and is chatting with Christian Horner. It sounds like his sluggish start might have led to a retirement anyway, regardless of the collision with Alonso.

  • 13:19 Lap 14

    Kimi Räikkönen is in the midst of a heated and quite technical discussion with his race engineer. Something isn't working in the Ferrari and he's quite annoyed about it.

  • 13:21 Lap 16

    Nico Hülkenberg comes in for an early pit stop, he's taken on the yellow softs and his back out on his way.

  • 13:22 Lap 17

    QuoteFernando Alonso: "We did a good start, we took benefit from Verstappen and Carlos Sainz bad start. We were already P10 into the first corner. People from behind came too fast and hit us."

  • 13:23 Lap 17
    Great shot from the start. No pressure there
    Credit: @HaasF1Team

    @HaasF1Team: Great shot from the start.

  • 13:24 Lap 19
    One to Watch
    K Räikkönenvs.L Hamilton
  • 13:25 Lap 19

    Vettel is informed he is on Plan A, which is presumably a one-stop strategy.

  • 13:27 Lap 21

    Magnussen is hunting a place in the top ten and chasing the Williams of Stroll, but has to deal with some significant blistering on his own tyres.

  • 13:29 Lap 23

    StopwatchFastest lap from Valtteri Bottas, 1:08.959.

  • 13:29 Lap 23

    Team radioTeam radio to Lewis Hamilton: "The front left brake is climbing, so just do what you can do to keep it cool."

  • 13:31 Lap 24

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: Interestingly the asphalt that was laid last year offers quite a lot more grip than it did in 2016. Getting quite close to pit stop window

  • 13:32 Lap 26

    Race controlIncident involving V Bottas - no further action warranted.

  • 13:33 Lap 26

    Hamilton is still stuck behind Räikkönen, it's looking like the tyres don't have the life left to get past the Ferrari at the moment.

  • 13:37 Lap 29

    QuoteMax Verstappen: "I’m very disappointed but also for the fans, I think they were the best crowd I’ve seen so far and I couldn’t even do a start or a first corner for them, instead of 71 laps. I don’t know what to say, it’s a lot of bad luck lately but of course we’ll try and do better in Silverstone."

  • 13:38 Lap 30

    TweetTweet from @HaasF1Team: Lap 30/71 - @KevinMagnussen with an issue. Retiring when he gets back to garage.

    Big plume of smoke from the back of that car, and it sounds awful.

  • 13:38 Lap 31

    Team radioTeam radio from Kevin Magnussen: "Oh man, I just can't believe this. F*** this."


  • 13:40 Lap 32

    Hamilton comes into the pits first, takes on the ultrasoft tyres and heads off on his way.

  • 13:40 Lap 32
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverL Hamilton
    Pit lane20.761s
  • 13:41 Lap 33

    Vandoorne also comes into the pit lane for his first stop of the day. He's put on the red supersofts.

  • 13:42 Lap 34

    Räikkönen is told that Hamilton did such a good out lap that they didn't bother to pit him, knowing they'd lose a place. Instead he's remained out for plan B.

  • 13:43 Lap 34

    Daniel Ricciardo has come into the pits though, red supersofts on the sole remaining Red Bull.

  • 13:43 Lap 35

    Sebastian Vettel stops next.

  • 13:44 Lap 35
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    Pit lane21.750s
  • 13:44 Lap 36

    That leaves two Finns out in front, Bottas and Räikkönen both having yet to stop.

  • 13:45 Lap 37

    Lots of pit stops happening in the midfield now. Palmer, Stroll, Wehrlein and Sergio Pérez all taking their first and perhaps only stops of the afternoon.

  • 13:46 Lap 37

    TweetTweet from @Max33Verstappen: Not what we hoped for. A clutch problem meant a bad start. My race was over before it really started. Feeling sorry for all fans

  • 13:47 Lap 37

    Romain Grosjean has also pitted, in response to Pérez's stop. He's running eighth now. Ahead of him Ocon and Massa haven't stopped yet.

  • 13:48 Lap 38

    Race controlIncident involving S Vandoorne under investigation - ignoring blue flags.

  • 13:48 Lap 39

    TweetTweet from @RenaultSportF1: Jo rejoins in P12, Nico is now back up to P14. And Vandoorne is back into our warm #Renault embrace.

  • 13:48 Lap 39

    Hamilton reports: "Got far too much front wing." Fresh tyres, different balance on the car.

  • 13:49 Lap 40

    TweetTweet from @ChrisMedlandF1: Hamilton complaining about the handling of his car. His pace reflects it as he's losing time to Vettel and Ricciardo ahead

  • 13:49 Lap 40

    Super slo-mo replays of Hamilton's car show some extreme blistering in places.

  • 13:51 Lap 41

    "There's not much left in the tyre," Valtteri Bottas comes in from P1, taking his first stop of the afternoon. That puts Räikkönen in the lead of the race.

  • 13:52 Lap 42
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverV Bottas
    Pit lane22.387s
  • 13:52 Lap 42

    That was a relatively slow stop for Bottas, the right front was just a little problematic to add an extra few tenths to his time.

  • 13:53 Lap 43

    At this point we now have just Kimi out front and Massa in P6 that have yet to stop.

  • 13:54 Lap 44

    Bottas is close up behind Räikkönen now, dipping this way and that and looking for a way past. He pulls to the side and makes the move to retake the lead of the race.

  • 13:55 Lap 45

    Bottas disappears into the distance as Räikkönen finally comes in to the pits for fresh tyres.

  • 13:55 Lap 45
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverK Räikkönen
    Pit lane21.662s
  • 13:56 Lap 46

    Race controlDrive through penalty for S Vandoorne - ignoring blue flags.

  • 13:56 Lap 46

    Team radioTeam radio to Carlos Sainz: "Box, box, Carlos. We need to retire."

  • 13:58 Lap 47

    Felipe Massa is the final driver yet to stop, he's going very long into this race. 46 lap old tyres.

  • 13:58 Lap 49

    In Massa comes to the pits, and drops down to ninth place.

  • 13:59 Lap 49
    Gap Analysis
  • 13:59 Lap 49

    Vandoorne has completed his drive through, the pit wall inform him they didn't lose track position, only time.

  • 14:01 Lap 50
    Driver Positions
    10V Bottas1
    20S Vettel1
    31D Ricciardo1
    44L Hamilton1
    5-2K Räikkönen1
    60R Grosjean1
    70S Pérez1
    81E Ocon1
    98F Massa1
    108L Stroll1
  • 14:02 Lap 51

    Räikkönen is starting to close the gap on Hamilton, fresher tyres. Massa also hunting Ocon ahead, fresher tyres on the Williams.

  • 14:02 Lap 51

    Team radioTeam radio from Lewis Hamilton: "Struggling out here."

    "Okay, copy, we'll look at options."

  • 14:04 Lap 53

    Speculation now that Hamilton will have to come in for another pit stop. It would drop him behind Räikkönen, but he's falling into the clutches of the Ferrari as it is anyway.

  • 14:05 Lap 54

    Radio to Sebastian Vettel suggests there might be some rain towards the end of the race.

  • 14:06 Lap 54

    StopwatchKimi Räikkönen sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:07.680.

  • 14:06 Lap 55
    One to Watch
    L Strollvs.J Palmer

    Fighting for that final points position, Williams versus Renault.

  • 14:08 Lap 56

    Valtteri Bottas is making his way through the backmarkers, which has affected the fights going on in the midfield. Massa had to move out the way and thus lost time to Ocon ahead.

  • 14:08 Lap 57

    TweetTweet from @deepalir: Raikkonen now looking rather keen as he sets the fastest lap of the race... and promptly goes off track.

  • 14:10 Lap 58

    Räikkönen was passing the Renault of Palmer, who didn't help him out. Kimi had to take to the dirty side of the track, and so into the next corner he had no grip and ran wide. Palmer got back in front, which means Kimi has to do it all again!

  • 14:10 Lap 58

    He does get ahead this time though, and safely stays ahead of the lapped car.

  • 14:11 Lap 59

    StopwatchLewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap - 1:07.608. That suggests the car is coming back to him now after his complaints about the balance earlier. The pit wall told him to have patience, and it has paid off.

  • 14:12 Lap 59

    TweetTweet from @hoomhom: When I see VAN it makes me think that's what Stoffel is driving.

    Like a delivery van.

    Delivering another disappointing race.

  • 14:13 Lap 61

    The gaps are starting to close, but of course we only have ten laps left now so may run out of time for any position changes.

  • 14:16 Lap 63

    Hamilton within 1.5 seconds of Daniel Ricciardo, hunting a podium position to limit the damage today.

  • 14:17 Lap 64

    Vettel is hovering around 2 seconds behind Bottas, so will need to push hard to challenge for the win now.

  • 14:18 Lap 65

    TweetTweet from @ForceIndiaF1: Weatherman Checo reports rain!

    Only a little drop though.

  • 14:21 Lap 68

    Very dull final few laps here, it has to be said. Drivers still in the hunt, but running out of time.

  • 14:22 Lap 69

    Getting through the backmarkers costs Vettel, as Bottas sails past Pérez but the Ferrari driver takes a little longer to elbow his way through.

  • 14:23 Lap 70

    Jolyon Palmer desperately in the hunt for that final points position - he's just about a second behind Stroll, dipping in and out of DRS range.

  • 14:23 Lap 70

    Vettel half a second behind Bottas. Hamilton half a second behind Ricciardo.

  • 14:24 Lap 70

    Hamilton gets a great exit to hunt the Red Bull down, he pulls alongside Ricciardo but Daniel keeps his head and stays ahead with the benefit of the racing line.

  • 14:24 Lap 71

    Final lap, two tense battles!

  • 14:25 Lap 71

    Team radioTeam radio to Daniel Ricciardo: "Last lap, get your elbows out, this is for the podium."

  • 14:25

    Chequered flagValtteri Bottas wins the Austrian Grand Prix!

  • 14:26

    Vettel crosses the line second, Ricciardo holds on to third. No changes, despite all that tension.

  • 14:26

    Grosjean gets a great result in sixth, a double points finish for Force India, and Stroll keeps hold of tenth.

  • 14:28

    Ricciardo is just roaring on the radio, he has no words just grrrring like a bear. "Nice job," he's told, when his engineer can stop laughing.

  • 14:28
    Gap Analysis
  • 14:29
    Race Winner
    DriverV Bottas
    Race time1:21:48.527
    Race distance306.452km
    Average speed224.757km/h
  • 14:30

    TweetTweet from @McLarenF1: chequered flag. Stoff finishes P12, with Fernando retiring from the race due to an unlucky first lap incident.

  • 14:30
    Championship Standings
    1S Vettel171
    2L Hamilton151
    3V Bottas136
    4D Ricciardo107
    5K Räikkönen83
  • 14:31
    Championship Standings
    3Red Bull152
    4Force India89
  • 14:31

    Ricciardo to Bottas: "Your start?"

    Vettel: "He jumped it, 100%."

  • 14:32

    TweetTweet from @redbullracing: It's P3 and a fifth consecutive podium for @danielricciardo!

  • 14:33

    I didn't think it was all that bad of a race, except for a few laps towards the end - but it picked up again in the final two to get very exciting. A good and interesting result, as well. Great for Bottas to pick up his second race victory, and another podium for Ricciardo.

  • 14:34

    Bottas has closed the gap to his teammate in the championship, so there are now a few fights to peruse as the second half of the season gets underway.

  • 14:35

    Williams' comeback is worth a mention, as they had a disastrous Friday and qualifying but got a double points finish. Force India also took home points, though, so that fight isn't close yet.

  • 14:36

    Daniil Kvyat has endured another disappointing and difficult race. Sometimes it seems like he's turned the corner and other times you just feel like his career is hanging on by a fingertip.

  • 14:37

    Just a one week gap until the British Grand Prix, with the challenging and popular Silverstone playing host to the tenth round of the season.

  • 14:37

    I'll be back to cover the race lap by lap, and I do hope you'll join me for what will hopefully be another exciting race weekend!

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