Well folks, they did it again… Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided, this time on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix. It was a wacky race. Lewis set off in the lead, but the strategy turned against him as the team tracked Ferrari too closely and that allowed a two-stopping Rosberg to get ahead, aided by a glitch which cost Lewis time in his first pit stop. Later Lewis’s strategists changed the plan and in the closing laps we saw him close in on Rosberg, running on harder tyres. By the end they were together and then Nico had a brake problem and made a mistake in the first corner of the last lap. Lewis outdragged him going up the hill, on the outside… Nico forced him wide, so wide that Lewis was in danger of going off the road. He was ahead and turned in to claim the corner, but Nico did not back out. It cost him because Lewis suffered less damage and won the race, while Rosberg finished the race in fourth in a car that should perhaps have been parked. Those who understand the subtleties of racing, saw Nico as being to blame. The team was diplomatic but some fans booed Hamilton, which wasn’t really fair.
Behind them, Max Verstappen held off a charging Kimi Raikkonen for third. Further back there were points for Jenson Button in sixth in his McLaren; for Romain Grosjean’s Haas and for the impressive Pascal Wehrlein in his Manor-Mercedes, which lifted the small team to 10th in the Constructors’ Championship.
Also in GP+ this week…
– We talk to Carlos Sainz
– We worry about the impact of Brexit on F1
– We look back at the Austrian GP of 1976
– We tell the strange tale of the first president of the international automobile federation – and his wife
– JS looks at Alexander Rossi’s choices…
– DT wants to see the old circuit in Spielberg revived
– The Hack wonders if penalties for technical failures are fair
– And we have a rant about too many safety cars…
– Plus the usual fabulous photography from Peter Nygaard and his team
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