Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

The Dutch tyro grabbed victory after both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas pulled up with power and gearbox failures respectively as their team's run of four straight Austrian wins came to an abrupt end at the Red Bull Ring where the track temperature was 48 celsius degrees (118 Fahrenheit).

"Austria was a hard weekend, we all wished it wasn't the way it was, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".

"There's a very small lap time gain in having it open just through Turn 1", Hartley said.

Hamilton was kept out while all of his rivals pitted after Valtteri Bottas' retirement had caused a virtual safety vehicle to come in effect.

"Every driver is different, and I've never worked with Lewis so I don't know what makes him tick, but it seems a fairly freaky thing for someone to need to do - to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead", Horner said.

"I think we could have the header "we're not allowed to race", because that's sometimes how it feels".

"The spirit within the team is stronger than it's ever been", Hamilton said.

Hamilton led the way in the opening practice session before falling behind title rival Sebastian Vettel in the second session - albeit his FP1 time remaining the day's quickest overall time. So, while it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer. It's true that they are very, very strong around here and you'd expect them to be very strong tomorrow.

"With the speeds we're going now and the G forces we're pulling, I think it's going to be the most physical race of the year".

Organisers at Silverstone opted to resurface the entire track layout early in 2018, ostensibly to aid MotoGP riders, but several drivers highlighted the bumpy nature of the circuit in practice.

"We need to make sure those things don't happen again because you can not just expect that everybody else has days like that". Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race. "It's just the way the sport is".

Immediately, both Ferrari and Red Bull responded with double pit-stops for their drivers while Mercedes left Hamilton out - a tactical oversight that was to prove costly. I don't know if that's two or 10, or somewhere in-between.

"It's going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast".

"I just drive the cars", said Alonso.

"It would be great to take the lead back from Seb here, but I am really grateful to be in a position to fight for a win at Silverstone for a sixth time".

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