The Mercedes drivers continued their monopoly on the contest for victory, and despite a strong showing by Ferrari in practice and a third-place spot on the grid for Sebastian Vettel, the red car was not a contender for victory.
And the F1’s rules and tyres leading teams for the third race in a row to mostly opt for the same single-stop strategy, there wasn’t much tactical variety either. It added up to a race which largely failed to capture people’s imaginations.
The Austrian Grand Prix scored an average of 5.6 out of ten. It was the sixth race out of eight so far this year to score below the all-time average since the beginning of 2008.
Bad or just average?
Are we really having a sub-standard season, or have we just come to expect too much of races?
This was a standard F1 race. It was not great or bad. It simply delivered what it is. A race in which the fastest car, and best driver on the day won.
I’ve been one of the biggest critic of 2015 races so far as they’ve generally offered little action but found this pretty entertaining. Not a classic but we had a lead change into turn one, a first lap crash, unreliability, a bad pit stop to spice up the podium race and lots of overtaking which were far more genuine than some of the DRS moves we normally see.
The only real problem for me was Hamilton’s penalty (which had to be given of course, no doubt), but the Mercedes seemed to switch down after that, otherwise I think we would have had a battle for the lead too.
Ben Needham (@Ben-n)
Not a bad race, not a great race, just a fairly standard race with a few decent battles but an anti-climax at the front. Ferrari not showing the promised pace again and Lewis just didn’t have enough today, beaten fair and square penalty or not.
This race would have been considered a great race in the nineties and noughties. Lots of action throughout the field. Overtaking was not too easy, so the art of defensive driving could be showcased as well as the art of true overtaking without DRS making it too easy. Yes, the Mercedes were dominant upfront but how is it different from most years of F1 since the seventies?
Wheel to wheel racing, lots of overtakes all through, some nice saves by Maldonado and a crash. Really enjoyed it and despite not being a fan of the track originally because of the short distance and lack of variety in the corners I’ve been converted to enjoying it as a good track after the last two years.
Once again I found myself zoning out from the race. Every race this year has been average of below. I love this sport but I’m getting to the point for the first time of following F1 that I’m scared of losing interest completely. Come on Silverstone!
Nic Morley (@Robocat)
The Maldonado show
One driver was singled out for being involved in some of the most dramatic action of the day.
Maldonado’s moment could of ended in one hell of and accident if he had lost it, he has a few moments most every race but that save was brilliant…
Honorable mention to Maldonado, he looked like he was pushing harder than most of them out of there.
Not terrible, but still a bit too processional at the sharp end. Some good wheel to wheel at times in the middle of the pack and, of course, Maldonado and Verstappen on the pit straight almost going terribly wrong.
Gilles De Wilde (@gdewilde)
Shown up by the competition
Have been watching F1, Australian Supercars, GP2, GP3 and F3 this weekend. F1 has become the boring of them all. I hope the trouble four some will solve their issues soon. Mclarens problem is not only the Honda powerunit, Jensons problem today is all Mclaren. The same as Red Bull, Toro Rosso has a good car they only have a powerunit problem, Red Bull also has a design issue.
The least entertaining race in Spielberg this weekend.
Jayfreese Knight (@Jeff1s)
But while Ferrari weren’t able to pressure Mercedes in Austria, there was a sign that they could be a threat in the future:
Mercedes’s advantage on the super softs disappeared when they went onto the softs, and Vettel was even quicker than them. Had his pit stop been okay and not lost ten seconds and fall behind Massa then he would’ve been within five seconds of Hamilton and with Lewis’s penalty Vettel would have been second.
I know, ‘ifs’ and ‘would haves’, but still…
2015 Rate the Race results
|Race||Average out of ten|
|2015 Malaysian Grand Prix||8.369|
|2015 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.366|
|2015 Chinese Grand Prix||5.721|
|2015 Monaco Grand Prix||5.627|
|2015 Austrian Grand Prix||5.602|
|2015 Canadian Grand Prix||5.545|
|2015 Spanish Grand Prix||5.154|
|2015 Australian Grand Prix||4.754|
2015 Austrian Grand Prix
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- 2015 Austrian Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Top ten pictures from the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix
- Vote for your 2015 Austrian GP Driver of the Weekend