The Red Bull Ring undoubtedly hosted an intense weekend, which developed as an ascendent climax culminating on the last lap. To a number of drivers this Grand Prix certainly represented hope and resumption, but to many others the end of this dream of glory made it a total nightmare.
Nico Hulkenberg, exploiting Rosberg's grid penalty, looked very promising as he started from the first row. But his race thwarted easily due to several factors such as poor balance and tyre degradation which led to a stopgap pit strategy. In fact, the German could not capitalize once the red lights went off and did not come back in full attack, making all the early hype vanish.
Things did not go in favour of Nico Rosberg too. After starting from the 6th slot, he managed to take the lead thanks to a brilliant and consistent recovery; he was going to celebrate his 20th win and corroborate his points advantage but that controversial manoeuvre to defend himself from teammate Lewis Hamilton ruined everything.
While the Brit cruised to the victory, Rosberg had to make to do with P4. But it did not end that quick. In front of the stewards between the Mercedes teammates a blaming contest took place, with the FIA penalising the German whose success streak has now been put in jeopardy.
Moreover, Toto Wolff is now going to take provisional measures - team orders for example - to make the most out of dangerous situations. Rosberg may be willing to accept them but Hamilton could not agree, so this could be the end of them gracing races with free fights, as bosses now seem to have the right to use the iron hand.
A true spoilsport for the birthday boy Sebastian Vettel, who turned 29 yesterday but after his race he clearly was not in the mood for celebrating.
A tough start from P9 and a sudden tyre explosion, with shades of that major podium loss at Spa 2015. The Ferrari driver declared he had nothing hinting at a tyre explosion, as performance was stable and there were no debris on track.
That is why to both Vettel and Pirelli the accident is still a question mark, and surely a big disadvantage championship wise, as now teammate Raikkonen has matched him at 96 points on the charts.
Williams also have no reason to smile, unless they want to remember 2014's deeds in Spielberg. Valtteri Bottas struggled with the pace and brought home only two points yesterday, while Felipe Massa retired.
The Grove-based team was set to do well in Austria, as the track apparently suited their car but, by the looks of it, all predictions were incorrect. A debacle that no one expected to be this crushing and dramatic, considering also the amount of retirements and their final position.
However, each coup de théâtre concerning these drivers and teams made the race exciting and thrilling. It definitely compensates for Baku's dull laps and neither rain was needed to make it interesting on Sunday.
Will Silverstone host another combustible and eventful race?
by Beatrice Zamuner