* Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Pirelli-titled Steiermark race from
pole, stopping just once to move from P Zero Red soft to P Zero Yellow
* Both Mercedes drivers, who finished first and second, used the same
strategy, but with Hamilton stopping seven laps earlier than his team mate.
* Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was the highest-placed finisher to begin the
race on the medium tyres, ending up eighth at the finish after a long
* Alpha Tauri was the only team to use the P Zero White hard tyre in the
race (apart from Ferrari and Charles Leclerc briefly) with Daniil Kvyat
scoring a point in 10th.
* Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz made an extra stop
for soft tyres at the very end of the race, to try and claim the extra
championship point for fastest lap – which went to Sainz with a new lap
HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C2: Not used extensively during the race also because of the cooler
temperatures compared to last week.
MEDIUM C3: Used by the majority of drivers for the second stint, with six
cars also starting the race on this compound. Before Verstappen and Sainz
stopped again for softs, Hamilton had set the race’s fastest lap on mediums
that had covered around 40 laps.
SOFT C4: Performed optimally in the race conditions today, with consistent
lap times over long stints. Sainz used the soft to set a new lap record at
the Red Bull Ring late in the race.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“We had dry conditions for the first time since Friday, although as expected
the ambient and track temperatures were lower than those seen during the
race last week, making it a comfortable one-stopper even with the two softer
compounds. Although there was a free choice of tyres for all drivers at the
start this week due to the wet qualifying, the majority still chose to start
on the soft, confirming the consistent performance shown by this compound
here last weekend. Some drivers stopped twice today to go for the extra
point for fastest lap, which was claimed by Carlos Sainz setting a new track
record: an indication of the progress that these cars make not only from
year to year, but also week to week. We’re satisfied with the performance of
all the tyres throughout both Austrian race weekends, during which we saw a
huge variety of conditions that ranged from torrential rain to track
temperatures in excess of 50 degrees”