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Austrian GP Sprint Analysis: F1 in Fast and Furious mode

The sprint race of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend was held on Saturday and Max Verstappen won from pole position, even though he had an early tussle with teammate Checo Perez.

The Dutchman was once again the star man, but who else stood out at the Red Bull Ring, for good or for bad?

Sergio Perez will drive his RB7 through the streets of MadridRed Bull España

The best

The best part of this sprint race was the start, as it was a very fun beginning to the race with a duel between Verstappen and Perez out in front, while Nico Hulkenberg was in the mix too and there were other duels further back as drivers made their way round on different racing lines.

The sprint offers points but there isn't the risk of screwing up your Sunday race, so it's a lot of fun.

Seeing Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton battle it out for just one point was thrilling, like a Fast and Furious mode.

The moment

This was a special moment for Carlos Sainz, who secured his first podium finish of the season even if there is no trophy for it.

While Leclerc struggled on Saturday, Sainz enjoyed his moment in the sun... in the rain.

The curious

At some point, it became clear that Fernando Alonso was quicker than Lance Stroll, however the Spaniard respected team orders for a fifth-sixth finish that suits Aston Martin.

It was clear Alonso could have passed Stroll on the last lap, and in a normal race he might have.

The surprise

Hulkenberg is spectacular in wet conditions, even taking a pole position in Brazil in the wet with Williams.

On Saturday, he managed the conditions well to start fourth and even climb to second at one point, before settling for sixth.

The worst

The worst decision of the day was that of Alfa Romeo, who put Valtteri Bottas on medium tyres to begin the race.

He was the only one not on inters and immediately came in to the pits after the formation lap. It was a risk, but it didn't work.

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