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Austrian Grand Prix Mercedes Secures Long-Awaited Victory

Statistics After the Austrian Grand Prix

01/07/2024

Following the Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes F1 ends a 33-race drought with a spectacular victory.

As is customary after each Grand Prix, it is time to delve into the most significant statistics, examine the records shattered, and review the noteworthy streaks either continuing or abruptly halted over the last weekend.

Qualifications

Max Verstappen has secured his fifth consecutive pole position at the Red Bull Ring, a personal best across all circuits.

For the first time in seven Grand Prix appearances with Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has out-qualified Charles Leclerc.

Lewis Hamilton qualified in the top six for only the second time this season (following his third place in Barcelona), signalling a significant upturn in form for Mercedes F1.

Charles Leclerc has struggled to break into the top four in qualifications since his pole at Monaco.

Sergio Pérez managed his first top 10 start in the last five Grand Prix weekends, with a nearly 0.9-second gap to Max Verstappen on a 64-second circuit, finishing eighth.

Nico Hülkenberg reached Q3 for the fifth time this season.

Esteban Ocon qualified 10th for the second consecutive time, surpassing Pierre Gasly for the first time in four Grand Prix qualifications.

Daniel Ricciardo outpaced Yuki Tsunoda in qualifications for only the third time in 11 sessions this year, narrowly missing Q3 by just 0.015 seconds.

Kevin Magnussen achieved his best qualifying result of the year with 12th place.

Valtteri Bottas has been eliminated in Q1 in five of the last six Grands Prix.

The smallest gap recorded between the first and last in Q1, 0.798 seconds, marks the narrowest margin in the history of this qualifying format.

The Race

At the finish line, there was a gap of 1.906 seconds between George Russell and Oscar Piastri, marking the second-tightest lead of the year (Verstappen won in Imola by just 0.725 seconds over Norris).

This race was Russell’s second career victory, following his first at Brazil 2022 – which was also the last win for Mercedes F1, 33 Grands Prix ago.

For the first time in his career, Russell stepped onto the podium at the Red Bull Ring.

Mercedes became the fourth different constructor to win this year.

Piastri matched his best Grand Prix finish (second place: Qatar 2023, Monaco 2024, Austria 2024).

Carlos Sainz, before this Grand Prix, held the record for the most appearances at the Red Bull Ring without ever finishing on the podium (11 previous starts), a streak that has now ended!

Max Verstappen’s run of five consecutive podiums at the Red Bull Ring also came to an end.

Nico Hülkenberg finished sixth, his best result since the Italian Grand Prix in 2019.

This was also Haas’s best overall result since Austria 2022 (Schumacher sixth, Magnussen eighth).

Haas F1 has overtaken Alpine F1 for seventh place in the constructors’ standings.

Daniel Ricciardo scored points for the second time in three Grands Prix (eighth in Canada).

McLaren was the only team without a retirement in 2024. Lando Norris was the only driver to have scored points at every race.

Pierre Gasly achieved his fourth consecutive points finish – his best streak since the start of the 2021 season.

Charles Leclerc failed to score points for the second time in the last three Grands Prix (following his retirement in Canada).

Austrian Grand Prix Mercedes Secures Long-Awaited Victory

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