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Silver Arrows to hit their mark in Austria

Silver Arrows to hit their mark in Austria

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There has been no stopping the Mercedes juggernaut this year with Lewis Hamilton‘s straight-forward victory in France making it eight wins from eight races.

Despite both introducing upgrades, Ferrari and Red Bull have had no answer to the Silver Arrows and that situation is unlikely to change at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Hamilton race winner @ 2/3

Mercedes suffered a rare disastrous weekend the last time Formula 1 was in Spielberg, with both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas failing to finish the race.

It opened the door for Max Verstappen to claim the chequered flag and another DNF looks like being the only way a non-Mercedes driver triumphs come race day.

There is a chance for some drama in Austria, with both Verstappen and Bottas hitting the wall in practice, but if everything goes to plan, Hamilton will take some beating.

The Brit looks to be moving through the gears at the minute, finishing 17 seconds ahead of second-placed Bottas in France. The reigning world champion has won the last four races and leads the World Championship by 36 points.

Having been quickest in first practice on Friday morning, there looks like being no let-up from Hamilton and he warrants support, even at his prohibitive price.

Leclerc podium finish @ 2/3

Charles Leclerc appears to have found his feet behind the wheel of a Ferrari after a tricky start to life with the Italians. The 21-year-old has recorded back-to-back third-places finishes and could make that three on the spin in Austria.

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel is finding the going tough at the minute and Leclerc performed well at the Red Bull Ring when driving for Sauber last year, coming home in ninth. He backed up that previous form by setting the fastest time in second practice on Friday.

With Red Bull struggling to manage tyre wear in the hot conditions, it is likely to be a Ferrari finishing behind Mercedes yet again and Leclerc is the man to lead the charge.

Norris top-10 finish @ 4/9

McLaren are making steady improvement and both cars finished in the points in France. With the Paul Ricard circuit sharing some similarities with the track in Spielberg, the Woking-based outfit look well set for another good weekend.

Carlos Sainz Jr has been the pick of the McLaren drivers, but he’ll start from the back of the grid on race day, so Lando Norris gets the nod.

The British rookie would have finished seventh in France, were it not for a late mechanical issue, and has had some bad luck with retirements.

However, he has the tools at his disposal to make it back-to-back points finishes for the first time in his F1 career on Sunday.

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