Austrian GP (2016)

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30 Jun - 03 Jul
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Pirelli says kerb could have caused Vettel’s Austrian blowout

Pirelli has not ruled out kerb damage as the cause of Sebastian Vettel's Austrian GP tyre blowout, but admits it will never know what external factor was ultimately to blame.

Rosberg did not deserve a penalty - Massa

Nico Rosberg did not deserve a penalty for his clash with teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Austrian Grand Prix, according to Felipe Massa.

Austrian GP tech debrief: McLaren's radical rear wing

Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at the updates ran by McLaren, Williams and Manor during the Austrian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo puzzled by pace deficit to Verstappen in Austria

Daniel Ricciardo is at a loss to explain why he couldn't match the pace of teammate Max Verstappen in the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend.

Manor won't "sit back" after first point of 2016

Manor racing director Dave Ryan says his team is ready to push even harder now for better results after scoring its first points of the season at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Austrian GP tech debrief: Brakes in the spotlight

The Red Bull Ring put a premium on brake performance during the Austrian Grand Prix, with teams having to do their best to make them last, as Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield explain.

Perez “feeling sad” for Force India after late brake failure

Sergio Perez says he felt “sad” for his Force India team after a brake failure cost him a possible seventh-place finish in Austria.

Felipe Massa: Mercedes tensions will carry on

In his latest column for, Felipe Massa reflects on a difficult weekend in Austria and on the controversial crash between the Mercedes drivers.

Tech analysis: How much did brake-by-wire contribute to the Mercedes clash?

While the stewards concluded that Nico Rosberg was at fault for the collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, opinions among fans remain divided about who was to blame for the crash.

Grosjean: Haas as fast as McLaren in Austria

Romain Grosjean reckons Haas was as fast as McLaren on its return to the points at the Austrian Grand Prix, as the team's VF-16 car showed it can perform in cold conditions.

Opinion: Why betrayed Mercedes faces a Zugzwang moment

Yet another on-track clash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has left Mercedes in a Zugzwang. Don’t know what that is? Jonathan Noble explains.

'Fed up' Wolff prepares for crunch team orders meeting

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is not interested in apportioning blame for the last-lap collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Austrian Grand Prix, as he says he is simply 'fed up' that they have done it again.

Ferrari denies messing up Austrian GP tyre strategy

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene insists his team did not get its tyre strategy wrong at the Austrian Grand Prix, despite Sebastian Vettel's blow-out and Kimi Raikkonen getting beaten by Max Verstappen.

Wehrlein just 0.5 seconds away from penalty

Pascal Wehrlein has revealed that he was just half-a-second away from getting a penalty that would have robbed him of his maiden Formula 1 point.

Hamilton urges Mercedes not to impose team orders

Lewis Hamilton has urged his Mercedes bosses not to impose team orders on himself and Nico Rosberg in a bid to stop the pair colliding.

Analysis: How Hamilton vs Rosberg became an on-track battle

What started as two clearly different strategies resulted in Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fighting over the same bit of tarmac on the very last lap of the race. How did it get to that point? Adam Cooper takes an in-depth look.

Opinion: How toxic can teammates become before total meltdown?

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided again in the Austrian Grand Prix – can they continue to be teammates if this keeps occurring? Charles Bradley investigates.

Pirelli: Tyre issue for Sebastian Vettel being investigated

Two-stop strategy results in victory for Lewis Hamilton after an action-packed race in Austria.

Button says McLaren won't "improve overnight"

Jenson Button warns that the McLaren MP4-31 has punched above its weight by finishing sixth in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg handed 10-second time penalty

Nico Rosberg has been handed a 10-second time penalty for his crash with Lewis Hamilton in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen brings the first podium in home race for Red Bull

Max Verstappen: "We are working hard for this season and picking up podiums so it’s definitely positive looking at 2017"

Austrian GP: Post-race press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Mercedes to decide on team orders in the coming days

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team will decide over the next days whether it imposes team orders following the latest crash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Vettel mystified by tyre explosion while leading

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he has no clue as to why his right-rear tyre exploded while he was leading the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg says Hamilton to blame for crash

Nico Rosberg believes teammate Lewis Hamilton was in the wrong in their collision on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: Nothing "controversial" about Rosberg collision

Austrian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton believes his last-lap collision with teammate Nico Rosberg was not "controversial", and that he himself was entirely blameless.

Wolff: Last-lap Mercedes collision was “brainless”

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff has labelled the collision between teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that decided the Austrian Grand Prix as “brainless”.

Austrian GP: Hamilton wins after last-lap Rosberg clash

Lewis Hamilton survived a last-lap collision with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to grab victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Mercedes' strengthened rear suspension revealed

Nico Rosberg's suspension failure that caused his crash in final free practice prompted Mercedes to strengthen its rear wishbones, with this work being revealed in Giorgio Piola's exclusive photograph.

Button says removing kerbs is not the answer for F1

Jenson Button says simply removing kerbs is not the answer for Formula 1 to sort out the long-running saga surrounding track limits.

McLaren blames communication error for Alonso tyre confusion

McLaren says that the mistake in putting Fernando Alonso on to old tyres at the start of Q2 at the Austrian Grand Prix was down to a communication error.

Bite-size tech: Williams FW38 front wings

Williams has shipped in two new front wings that were used during FP3 as it looks for an uplift in performance to fight both those ahead in the championship and soften the threat from Force India behind.

Race start will show true impact of new tyre pressure checks

Pirelli believes that the real impact of the change in tyre pressure checks that came into force at the Austrian Grand Prix will only be seen in the first stint of the race if it remains dry.

Weather change a boost to Mercedes in Austria

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes for a change of weather to make the track more suitable for the ultrasoft tyre he must start the race on have been answered, as Formula 1 was greeted to a miserable start to Sunday.

Force India hoping Button can give Hulkenberg a helping hand

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says that the team shouldn't get too excited about Nico Hulkenberg's second starting spot in Austria – but insists that it now has to make the most of the opportunity.

Silver Arrows deliver as rain provides tense qualifying session

Nico Rosberg: "The five place grid penalty will be costly as Lewis will start from the front tomorrow and it will be tough to fight through the other cars."

Haas F1 Team: Austrian GP qualifying recap

Esteban Gutiérrez turned 22 laps to place him 12th quickest, Romain Grosjean ran 21 laps to earn the 14th fastest spot.

Qualifying at Red Bull Ring doesn't go to plan for Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz: "For sure we could’ve qualified higher today and I’m disappointed with the result.

FIA not planning any changes to Red Bull Ring kerbs

The FIA is not planning to make any changes to the kerbs at the Red Bull Ring on safety grounds, despite Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff calling for a “reaction” from the governing body.

Sahara Force India continued its good run of form on qualifying for the Austrian GP

Nico Hülkenberg: It was just a super effort from the whole team and it puts us in a great position for the race.

Verstappen: Fans wouldn't criticise if they were driving F1 cars

Max Verstappen says fan criticisms that Formula 1 drivers should just be staying away from kerbs are unfair, and they would not be saying such things if they understood what it was like to drive the cars.

Gutierrez reveals hospital visit to sort himself out

Esteban Gutierrez has revealed that he needed a hospital visit in Mexico last week to get to the bottom of the virus that has dogged him for the past month.

Austrian GP grid: Why Rosberg starts sixth

The FIA has confirmed that Nico Rosberg will only move down to sixth place on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix, despite his gearbox change penalty.

Red Bull closer to its rivals on tomorrow's Austrian GP

Max Verstappen: "Not many people agreed with me yesterday but I think they could find out for themselves."

Button start from P3 tomorrow !

Jeson Button: "“We start from P3 tomorrow, which is mega!”

Mercedes urges FIA to modify kerbs overnight

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff hopes that the FIA will react to today's suspension failures in Austria by modifying the kerbs before Sunday's race.

Bottas qualified eighth and Massa 10th for the Austrian GP

Q3 began wet but dried through the session to allow drivers to switch to dry tyres with five minutes to go

Austrian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India).

A disappointing qualifying for Sauber Team ahead of the Austrian GP

Felipe Nasr: "Starting from the back of the field we have to try something different."

Vettel admits he was too conservative in Q3

Sebastian Vettel admitted he was too conservative in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix after finishing Q3 down in fourth position.

Ricciardo: Kerbs doing their job, treating them “like a wall”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has spoken out in favour of the severe kerbs that have been deployed around the Red Bull Ring to enforce track limits for the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

No more than a red flag-affected Q1 session for Renault

Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have qualified a mere 0.024secs apart for tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton fears Ferrari tyre strategy may be better

Lewis Hamilton believes rival Ferrari may have the upper hand in terms of race strategy after qualifying on the supersofts on Saturday.

Button didn't think he'd make Q3, never mind "amazing" P3

Jenson Button has revealed that he didn’t even expect to make the top-10 qualifying shootout after going off when rain fell in Q2, before then grabbing a top-three starting spot.

Alonso frustrated by McLaren's "primary school mistake"

Fernando Alonso was left frustrated by what he labelled as a "primary school mistake" by his McLaren team during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Austrian GP: Hamilton on pole, Hulkenberg and Button star

Lewis Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after topping a rain-affected session that was also marred by Daniil Kvyat’s huge crash in Q1.

Kvyat calls for rethink over kerb design

Daniil Kvyat has called for a rethink over the kerb designs at the Red Bull Ring in the wake of the suspension failure that pitched him in to a high-speed crash in qualifying.

F1 faces suspension drama after Kvyat crash

Daniil Kvyat was lucky to walk away from a high-speed accident in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix after yet another suspension failure at the Red Bull Ring.