In the latest edition of Paddock Press, we recap the Austrian Grand Prix and look ahead to the home race of most of the F1 teams, Silverstone.
Austrian GP Review
Hardly a classic but far from dull, Austria provided a stunning backdrop to a thrilling race. Late battles for all three podium spots kept us all on the edge of our seats, controversy kept us talking afterwards and there was that little bit of magic and heartbreak that keeps us in love with the sport.
Five retirements in the last seven - surprisingly this is Max Verstappen's unfortunate record and not McLaren Honda's. The Dutchman dropped to the mid-pack with clutch issues, where he was taken out by Daniil Kvyat, who once more underestimating the braking power of an F1 car.
Finally in a rather short review, Valtteri Bottas pulled of a 0.2 second start - far faster than most could manage. The stewards deemed he did not jump or anticipate the start, much to the disbelief of second placed Sebastian Vettel. While this is up for discussion we feel this one should be left to the data and trust the stewards even if we don't fully agree.
Looking Forward - Britain:
Lewis Hamilton is the man with all the bad luck. Headrest issues denied an inevitable dominant win in Baku and a gearbox change made Austria a recovery drive. If there's a place this could change it is his home track of Silverstone.
Elsewhere Red Bull will look to impress, maximising their chassis and performance through the tight Maggots and Becketts section of the Northamptonshire circuit.
Finally expect struggles for Williams who despite a strong race result last time will be more likely to be to repeat their disastrous qualifying performance than amazing race day showing.
Finally the predictions:
Pole Position - Lewis Hamilton
Race Win - Lewis Hamilton
Podium - Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas
Driver of the Day - Lewis Hamilton
First Retirement - Jolyon Palmer
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by Matthew Gannon