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The biggest Formula 1 stories should come from on the track, not behaviour off it

Formula 1 is a spectacle which millions of people around the world watch. It is the definition of class and style. The cars have sleek lines and there are sponsors of the ilk of Rolex as well as Moet and Chandon. The rich and famous turn out in droves and are often guests of teams thoughout the weekend.

However, there are some occasions where the image of Formula 1 becomes tarnished and this happened in the hills of Austria. Things were so bad that the British broadcasters talked about the behaviour of some of the patrons, citing racism and other unruly behaviour.

Unfortunately for F1, and reportedly some of the male Dutch fans, the behaviour was so much worse than that. A female Dutch reporter went to the event as a patron. According to her article that she felt compelled to write, she felt devastated by the actions of her fellow countrymen. For the full detail of what she, and other female atendees, please find the link here.

Formula 1 drivers respond to the poor crowd conduct.

Current world champion, Dutchman Max Verstappen responded in the Dutch media. According to my Dutch source, she does not believe that it went far enough. The fact that he says that if you drink too much you should go to bed really does not cut it,

The response of Sebastian Vettel is so much more to the point and how a public figure should respond to this sort of behaviour.

The former world champion is of the opinion that the fans should be banned for life from all racing. This would certainly send a message. The message? Their putrid conduct should is not welcome, anywhere. Even better, that they should never act that way again in public

In a weekend where the discussion should have been dominated by track limits violations. Instead we are talking about the behaviour of an element of the crowd who spoiled the experience for others.In fact, their behaviour was so poor that there will be an element of the public who will never go back due to feeling unsafe.

This is not acceptible in any way and event organsers need to ensure that this never happens again. Everybody who attends a major worldwide event needs to be able to do so unmolested. They should be able to go about their daily life unmolested as well. However, that is a whole larger discussion to have. We need to be better than this, alcool is not an excuse.

Ferrari hold on in an action-filled Austrian Grand Prix

Well, Charles LeClerc has finally won a race where he did not start from pole position. When he crossed the line in the sprint race yesterday he said that they were fast and they would get the Red Bulls in the race. How right he was but the race was full of drama with LeClerc having his share of it.

On the very first lap, Sergio Perez of RedBull was punted off the circuit by Mercedes driver George Russell. Perez had drama all weekend, thanks to exceeding track limits in the second part of qualifying. Russell received a five-second penalty for his part in the collision.

Track limits became an issue all race long with so many drivers receiving penalties for exceeding them. This is becoming an issue with the new race director clamping down on this issue. This is thanks to the new regulations which have the drivers competing so much harder on track.

How did Ferrari take the win away from Max Verstappen?

Up until the race it looked as though Max Verstappen was almost untouchable. He managed to take the lead early and it took a while for LeClerc to fire up his tires. However, when he did, it did not take him long to get past the Red Bull driver. The lead did change during the pit stops but eventually, the Ferrari driver took the lead and never surrendered it again.

However, it was not without complications, particularly with less than 10 laps to go. LeClerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, had his engine literally blow up sparking a virtual safety car and his Ferrari was on fire. If a full safety car was deployed then LeClerc would have lost the race.

The reason for this? LeClerc had issues with his throttle pedal for the last few laps of the race. Verstappen was able to catch the Ferrari driver, finishing less than two seconds behind. Verstappen took the point for the fastest lap. For full driver standings, click here. For full constructor’s standings, click here.

Can anyone stop Max Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring

Just a week after Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz managed to secure his first-ever win in F1, he has been bought back to earth by last season’s world champion, Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has been fast all weekend, beating out both Sainz and fellow Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc for pole position. Less than 0.03 seconds separated the top-three drivers.

While qualifying for the sprint race was tight, the actual race was anything but. Verstappen took off from pole and no one troubled him. Sainz and LeClerc fought each other in the first few laps which allowed Verstappen to skip clear.

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The Dutchman then found the right groove to manage his tires and finished 1.7 seconds clear of LeClerc. This means that he was able to extend his lead at the top of the driver’s championship by a point. Sainz came through to finish third in the sprint.

Max Verstappen appears almost untouchable at the Red Bull Ring

Despite LaClerc saying that they were fast and they would get Verstappen tomorrow it is really difficult to see this happening. This has a lot to do with the fact that Ferrari has had good one-lap pace but is struggling in the race. They have also made some huge strategy blunders this season.

Verstappen’s main rival appears to be his teammate Sergio Perez. The Mexican charged from P13 all the way to P5 and looked really good. This means he goes from the seventh row to the third row. He will not be fighting the same amount of cars as during the sprint and could challenge Verstappen.

However, the current leader in the world championship is not an easy man to catch, let alone pass. Perez will need to get a good launch off the line in order to pass the Mercedes of George Russell. he then has to deal with the two Ferraris who are in P2 and P3.

Let’s hope that the race does not start out the same way as last week in Silverstone where Zhou Guanyu ended up in the safety fence beyond the barriers on the first corner.