July 1, 2018 / 8:42 PM / 17 days ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Austrian Grand Prix

SPIELBERG, Austria, July 1 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Austrian Formula One Grand Prix (listed in current championship order):

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FERRARI (Kimi Raikkonen 2, Sebastian Vettel 3)

Vettel started sixth after a three-place grid penalty for impeding Carlos Sainz in qualifying. He ended the day back on top of the championship, a point clear of Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen started from third and set the fastest lap of the race. Ferrari are now also leading the constructors’ standings by 10 points.

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas retired)

Mercedes suffered their first double retirement for mechanical reasons since they returned to the championship in 2010. Hamilton’s record run of 33 successive races in the points came to an end on lap 63 of 71 due to a fuel pressure problem. Bottas started on pole for the first time this season but retired with a loss of hydraulic pressure on lap 14.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Daniel Ricciardo retired)

Verstappen took his first win of the season, and fourth of his career, at Red Bull’s home circuit. It was Red Bull’s first win in Austria. Ricciardo, celebrating his 29th birthday, had been heading for a podium finish until he was slowed by rear tyre wear and then suffered an exhaust problem.

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RENAULT (Carlos Sainz 12, Nico Hulkenberg retired)

Hulkenberg was the first to retire, with smoke and flames coming from his car’s engine while he was running in ninth place. Sainz was hampered by tyre blistering. The result was the team’s worst so far this season.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 4, Kevin Magnussen 5)

Haas celebrated their 50th race with their best combined result yet to jump above McLaren and Force India. Grosjean ended a run of 12 races without a point to score his first of the season.

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MCLAREN (Fernando Alonso 8, Stoffel Vandoorne 15)

Alonso started in the pit lane and ended up with four points, making the most of the virtual safety car period to pit and helped by retirements ahead. Vandoorne broke his front wing on the first lap and was then delayed by a long pitstop. The Belgian stopped on lap 65 with a gearbox problem.

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FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 6, Sergio Perez 7)

Force India marked their 200th race with a double points finish and are now just two points behind McLaren while losing out to Haas. Perez had started 15th, Ocon 11th.

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TORO ROSSO (Pierre Gasly 11, Brendon Hartley retired)

Rookie Gasly said it was one of his hardest races after making contact with Vandoorne on the opening lap and damaging the car’s floor. Hartley started at the back of the grid and stopped with what the team said was a mechanical issue unrelated to the power unit.

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SAUBER (Charles Leclerc 9, Marcus Ericsson 10)

Sauber scored points with both cars for the first time this season. Leclerc had started 17th, after a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, while Ericsson started 18th and scored for only the second time this year.

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WILLIAMS (Sergey Sirotkin 13, Lance Stroll 14)

Another dismal day for Williams. Stroll finished 13th but was given a 10-second penalty and three points on his licence for ignoring blue warning flags, dropping him to 14th. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon)

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