In this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix race Mercedes once again proved to be in a league of their own.
Lewis Hamilton started from pole with Nico Rosberg thought to have little chance of passing him.
But the plucky German got the better start and pushed ahead from the first corner.
An early safety car halted Hamilton’s attempts to re-pass and Rosberg dominated the race thereafter.
The final end to the British racer’s winning ambitions was when he incurred a five second penalty for crossing the white line on the pit exit.
A strong show from Felipe Massa in the Williams saw the Brazilian claim the third spot on the podium with Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari in fourth.
With this victory Rosberg cuts Hamilton’s championship lead to just 10 points, with Vettel a distant third 39 points further back.
Mercedes (328) are now 136 points clear of Ferrari (192) in the constructor’s championship with Williams (129) in third.
Another team has been the source of so much drama. McLaren have so often dominated in Austria claiming six wins in all, but they were right at the back of the grid for the whole weekend as they continue their worst season ever.
McLaren’s historic reunification with Honda has been anything but successful.
The team is second to last in the championship – ahead of Manor – and both McLaren drivers got off to a terrible start this weekend incurring huge penalties even before the race had begun due to changing parts on their cars.
Fernando Alonso connected with the out-of-control Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen on lap one and the pair crashed out of the race.
From 19 to 14 in two corners … 😊, the rest … Impossible to avoid the car of Kimi when lost control .. Glad to see we are all ok !! 💪— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 21, 2015
Jenson Button made it a little further, to lap 10, before retiring with engine trouble. And most of those laps were spent behind the safety car caused by his teammates crash.
There is a small glimmer of hope for McLaren however as Alonso said a new aero upgrade shows signs of a big improvement. Well the only way is up.
Back to 1987
Formula one has become somewhat predictable even boring some might say with the same silver cars locking out the front of the grid. But if we go back almost three decades, things were very different.
The race saw mayhem meaning the cars set off two hours behind schedule.
1987 at the Österreichring will be forever known in Formula One history for being plagued by accidents.
The first came on Friday practice when Swedish driver Stefan Johansson hit a deer at 225 kilometres per hour, though it destroyed his car – and the deer for that matter – came away with only light injury.
The race proper was then a calamity, the first start saw Martin Brundle crash in his Zakhspeed, then the two Tyrrells of Jonathan Palmer and Philippe Streiff collided in the ensuing chaos with Piercarlo Ghinzani also crashing his Ligier.
At the restart Nigel Mansell got away slowly on the front row due to a clutch problem.
This caused the whole pack to bunch up and collide behind him with half the grid damaging their race cars.
The third race start saw the cars get under way, and Mansell won, but after this Austria was off the calender for the next 10 years as it was considered too dangerous.