June 30, 2019 / 10:15 PM / 3 months ago

Team by team analysis of the Austrian Grand Prix

(Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in Spielberg (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Valtteri Bottas 3, Lewis Hamilton 5)

Bottas marked his 50th race for Mercedes with a podium finish. The team’s winning run ended at 10 in a row, eight this season. Hamilton’s lead over Bottas is now 31 points. The Briton damaged his front wing on a kerb and had to change it. Mercedes lead Ferrari by 135 points in the constructors’ standings.

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FERRARI (Charles Leclerc 2, Sebastian Vettel 4)

Leclerc led from pole, his second of the season, but lost out to Max Verstappen two laps from the end. Ferrari have still not won this season despite three poles. Vettel had a slow first stop because a radio problem meant the mechanics were not expecting him. The German drops to fourth overall from third.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Pierre Gasly 7)

Verstappen’s sixth career win and first since Mexico last October, which was also the last time Mercedes were beaten. The victory was a first for engine maker Honda since Hungary 2006. Verstappen started on the front row, dropped to eighth after the anti-stall kicked in and then fought back. He gained a point for the fastest lap. Gasly was lapped by his team mate.

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MCLAREN (Lando Norris 6, Carlos Sainz 8)

A double points finish for McLaren sent them 20 points clear of Renault, who also provide their engines. Norris started fifth and equalled his best finish. Sainz started 19th due to a power unit penalty and did a long stint on the medium tyre. He damaged his front wing just as he was about to attack Gasly and felt seventh was within reach.

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RENAULT (Daniel Ricciardo 12, Nico Hulkenberg 13)

Ricciardo said he lacked pace and felt the team had gone back to square one after changing a lot on the car. Hulkenberg started 15th after a five-place grid drop for an engine change.

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ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 9, Antonio Giovinazzi 10)

Giovinazzi opened his scoring in Formula One as the team celebrated their frst double points finish of the season. Alfa moved up to sixth overall.

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RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 11, Lance Stroll 14)

Racing Point slipped a place with their second successive blank. Stroll reported an issue with the fuel flow meter, forcing the team to turn down the mode.

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TORO ROSSO (Alexander Albon 15, Daniil Kvyat 17)

Kvyat said he was a ‘sitting duck’ in the race with rear brake duct damage and a lack of pace.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 16, Kevin Magnussen 19)

Magnussen qualified fifth but dropped five places for a gearbox change. He then collected a drive-through penalty for moving on the grid before the start. The Dane also picked up two penalty points. Both drivers struggled with a lack of grip.

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WILLIAMS (George Russell 18, Robert Kubica 20)

The Williams drivers are now the only ones yet to score a point this season. Russell started from the pitlane after a front wing change, but still raced the Haas and Toro Rosso drivers.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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