In The Driver's Seat

Austrian angst shows the battle in Formula One is tighter

To come away empty-handed from a race which your cars appeared to be dominating is one thing. Even Mercedes have to accept some mechanical strife now and then. Lewis Hamilton's fading fuel pressure led to his first retirement since Malaysia 2016. And Valtteri Bottas' gearbox hydraulics gremlin marked the team's first double DNF since Barcelona 2016, when Lewis and Nico Rosberg collided.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'Austrian angst shows the battle is tighter'. Print Edition | Subscribe