Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Kristopher Nichols
July 6, 2018

In third place progressed Kimi Raikkonen, who is in Austria lacked a few laps to get around race victor max Verstappen.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has called on Formula 1 chiefs to reduce the number of incidents and penalties at Grand Prix weekends, off the back of his sanction in Austria. I don't see the necessity to decide every time. Daniel Ricciardo finished eight tenths adrift of Vettel in P5, but team mate Verstappen, hoping for an incident-free session after his RB14 crawled to a halt towards the end of FP1 after suffering a gearbox failure, ended up without a time after losing the rear of his vehicle at Luffield with less than 20 minutes on the clock. I just had to drive around the issue.

Naturally, Hamilton was none too pleased with the fact that Mercedes had scuppered his race strategy, but there was little to be done about it.

Mercedes lost the lead in both the Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' championships with a shocking double retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix - the team's first double retirement. The Red Bull went backward across the grass and hit the wall with the right front first, pitching the right rear into the wall and breaking the suspension.

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Verstappen was squeezed by the Ferrari driver on the run to Turn 4 but retaliated a few corners later with a hard move that included the two cars bumping wheels and ultimately earned Verstappen the win as Mercedes' race imploded.

Hamilton appeared humble at the news conference Thursday in contrast to the emotions he showed four days earlier when he realized he wouldn't finish in Austria.

He leads fellow four times world champion Lewis Hamilton, victor for the past four years at Silverstone, by a point ahead of the 10th round of the season. Look at how many wins I have had at this team. He eventually pitted on lap 25, which dropped him down to fourth place.

On lap 12, Nico Hulkenberg retired, his Renault engine spurting flames.

France's Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the US-owned Haas team, who also had Denmark's Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in fifth. "I'm going to keep it free because I'm going to be in Russian Federation that day, supporting them". "What I can say is, from the experiences like we had last weekend, the team are very, very reactive". On lap 53, he pitted again for super-softs, dropping a place to fifth behind Ricciardo, who nearly immediately slowed and stopped.

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