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Driver ratings Austrian GP 2018: Verstappen rocks Spielberg

Driver grades GP Austria 2018
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T he GP Austria was a home game for Max Verstappen in two ways . The name of the Red Bull Ring already indicates who is the owner of the house. And then 20,000 spectators from the Netherlands made the pilgrimage to Styria to celebrate their heroes. Last year, Orange fans only got a short drama. Max Verstappen retired after 500 meters. This time the Dutch fans were really rewarded. Max Verstappen celebrated his first win of the season.

With the exception of training, it was an almost perfect weekend. The Red Bull behaved bitchy on one lap. And Daniel Ricciardo also started a little war when he demanded slipstream for one of the three Q3 attempts. Verstappen refused. Conversely, Ricciardo would not have given anything away for his teammate. On the starting lap, Verstappen watched Kimi Räikkönen's three-way battle against the two Mercedes from the waiting position. When Raikkonen had worn himself out, he struck. Typical for Verstappen: It was an overtaking maneuver with enemy contact at a point where the opponent did not expect it.

Grosjean also got the grade 10

It was also the decision of the race. If Raikkonen had kept his nose in front, Verstappen would have had a hard time coming back. The Ferrari were more careful with the tires than the Red Bull and Mercedes. Verstappen showed in the second half of the race that he can also be a tire stroker. With 20 laps to go, his tires blistered. Because of Ricciardo's exhaust problem, he was no longer allowed to drive at full power. And despite the problems he controlled the distance to the Ferrari. That was a masterpiece and deserves the grade 10.

Kimi Räikkönen drove his best race of the season. Nevertheless, he did not get the grade 10. In the duel he was again too hesitant and was taken by surprise by Verstappen on the starting lap. The rest was flawless. So grade 9. Sebastian Vettel had to chalk up the punishment in training, even if it makes no sense to punish you for something that does not harm the victim. The Ferrari driver's starting lap wasn't entirely clean either. But Vettel showed a good feeling for the tires. He caressed her for the first five laps of her life and benefited from it at the end of the race. The new world championship leader deserves a grade 8.

We mustn't forget one driver. The last so scolded Romain Grosjean punished with oneperfect performance all critics lies. He couldn't have done anything better. The 4th place is a nice reward for the so far pointless French.

Formula 1 driver grades GP Austria 2018

Here are the grades from the GP Austria at a glance. In the gallery we have all 20 drivers in the individual review:

Max Verstappen: 10/10

Kimi Räikkönen: 9/10

Sebastian Vettel: 8 /10

Romain Grosjean: 10/10

Kevin Magnussen: 9/10

Esteban Ocon: 8/10

Sergio Perez: 7/10

Fernando Alonso: 8/10

Charles Leclerc: 8/10

Marcus Ericsson: 7/10

Pierre Gasly: ​​7/10

Carlos Sainz: 6/10

Lance Stroll: 6/10

Sergey Sirotkin: 5/10

Stoffel Vandoorne: 4/10

Lewis Hamilton: 8/10

Brendon Hartley: 4/10

Daniel Ricciardo: 7/10

Valtteri Bottas: 9/10

Nico Hülkenberg: 6/10


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