Valtteri Bottas went from the back of the grid to the podium thanks partly to a mid-race Safety Car period caused by an collision involving his team mate.
Red Bull repelled a dual-pronged attack from Mercedes to win the Dutch Grand Prix through a combination of pace, strategy and execution.
Rain, a restart and an apparent strategic blunder by Mercedes produced a Hungarian Grand Prix the tacticians probably did not foresee.
Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of victory at Silverstone after a 10-second penalty was aided by team mate Valtteri Bottas letting him through more quickly than he did in Spain.
In the fight for victory end it didn’t matter whether Max Verstappen did one stop or two in the battle for victory in the Austrian Grand Prix, but timing still played a part.
Max Verstappen enjoyed another of Red Bull’s lightning pit stops in Austria, but Aston Martin matched it, and Sergio Perez was less well served by his pit crew.
While Max Verstappen went against convention and won with a two-stop strategy, drivers who delayed their first pit stops profited at Paul Ricard.
Were Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll’s tyre failures caused by the length of their stints? Several drivers ran longer than the pair who crashed.
Lewis Hamilton complained Mercedes should have delayed his first pit stop – but according to team CEO Toto Wolff, that wasn’t an option.
The Spanish Grand Prix was won through pit stop strategy, but Mercedes had both a tyre and pace advantage over Red Bull.
The Portuguese Grand Prix was decided by teams’ understanding of tyres – and their ability to execute a one-stop strategy in the best way.
Having slipped up in Bahrain, Red Bull’s tactics were spot on at Imola. But the drivers who started the race on wet tyres quickly realised they’d made a mistake.
Mercedes had two significant advantages over Red Bull on race day in Bahrain which allowed them to pursue an aggressive strategy to clinch victory for Lewis Hamilton.