30 June 2019

Five and a half hours after the race

The Austrian Grand Prix gave Formula 1 just what it needed - a winner other than Mercedes. It was a straight fight between Ferrari and Red Bull Honda. And Max Verstappen won, forcing his way past Charles Leclerc on the 69th lap of the 71-lap race. Almost everyone was happy. It had been a great race, filled with excitement and surprises. The problem was that Max's pass was just a little questionable. He said it was just racing. And many agreed, but the FIA has rules that must be respected. And thus it was that three hours after the race ended the FIA stewards were still debating what to do... It was a unfortunate way to end what had been a good day, a day that F1 really needed. One could feel a little sorry for Charles Leclerc, but he said himself that he probably would not have been able to hold Max off until the chequered flag. The Mercedes team picked up points but never looked like being in a winning position, but points are points and the team continues to dominate the Constructors' Championship. Ferrari can go home in the knowledge that it had a car capable of winning, and Red Bull Honda wwnt home having given Honda its much-needed first win since Hungary in 2006. All things considered, it was a good day for the sport... Valtteri Bottas was third and Lewis Hamilton fifth, while Sebastian Vettel was fourth, but none of them had looked like winners. Lando Norris did a good job to finish sixth in his McLaren, beating Pierre Gasly's Red Bull and Carlos Sainz was eighth, while the final two points scorers were the two Alfa Romeos.

- We talk to Sebastian Vettel.

- We remember the 1975 Austrian GP

- We tell the story of Ernest Montaut

- DT explains about F1 and domination

- JS goes walkabout in the Alps

- The Hack talks about the French and women

- Peter Nygaard and his crew capture the scenic beauty of the Austrian mountains.

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