Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
A new, slimmer version of the Halo appeared during practice, though Ferrari didn’t run it on-track.
Kerbs were a big talking point following Daniil Kvyat’s major crash during qualifying and failures suffered by other drivers. However there were no further kerb-related problems during the race.
On a rapidly-drying track Lewis Hamilton mastered the tricky conditions in qualifying to grab pole position.
BMW Procar race
The BMW Procar series which supported F1 races in the seventies and eighties was revived with a host of ex-F1 racers in action.
Pascal Wehrlein narrowly avoided being penalised for lining up in the wrong grid slot by having the presence of mind to select reverse and roll back into his 12th-place starting position. The tenth spot on the grid had been left vacant by Felipe Massa, who had to start from the pits.
The immediate grip advantage enjoyed by the front-runners who started on ultra-soft tyres was clear at the start. Jenson Button surprised by moving up to second place and holding it for six laps in the early stages of the race.
Following another gearbox change penalty Sebastian Vettel was running a long first stint to move back into contention when his right-rear tyre exploded without warning. A third no-score this year further dented his championship hopes.
Nico Rosberg faced the wrath of the stewards after colliding with his team mate on the last lap and dragging his damaged Mercedes to the line.
Rosberg’s slip-up gave Max Verstappen a bonus promotion to second place, some compensation for having to wear those overalls…
He may not have belonged in tenth place at the start of the race but he did at the finish. Wehrlein scored his first point.
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2016 Austrian Grand Prix
- Long stint didn’t cause Vettel’s tyre blow-out in Austria
- Point earns Wehrlein Driver of the Weekend win
- Mercedes will use team orders if Austrian GP scenario recurs
- Hamilton won’t change his approach after Mercedes discussions
- 2016 Austrian Grand Prix team radio transcript