Sebastian Vettel leads F1 ahead of 2017 Austrian Grand Prix

Despite controversy Sebastian Vettel leads 2017 F1 championship standings ahead of Mercedes Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas very close in third place and a resurgent Daniel Ricciardo in fourth place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

The last F1 race in Baku City Circuit was full of controversy, when the video replay showed that Vettel seemed to have (on purpose) hit the side of Hamilton while the pace car was still doing laps. After the race, Vettel said that Hamilton had break tested him. But after further investigation by F1 officials, ultimately Vettel decided to say sorry.

Most of the media is divided on punishment or just let it go. If we review the facts: Vettel did receive a 10-second stop-go penalty during the Baku race; Daniel Riccardo won the race with Bottas finishing second and Canadian rookie Stroll finishing third. Vettel finished fourth (+12 points) and Hamilton fifth (+10 points) - so the point advantage wen to Vettel.

Vettel difference to Riccardo at the end of the Baku race was +5.976 seconds. Should Vettel have had no penalty, he could have won the race (+25 points). We do not think Hamilton could have improved - as he had to make an unplanned stop to secure the headrest anyway. So in the end, justice was made and Vettel had to pay for losing his temper (during the race), right?

2017 F1 Championship

DriverTeamPoints
VettelScuderia Ferrari153
HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1139
BottasMercedes AMG Petronas F1111
RicciardoRed Bull Racing92
RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari73
VerstappenRed Bull Racing45
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Overall in the F1 Grand Prix Rankings, Hamilton still leads (due to his 5 pole positions), Vettel keeps a 100% Race Performance, look at Riccardo 115.00% Race Performance while Raikkonen 91.67% Race Performance.

91.67% means that on average the Finn driver loses 1 position per race, while the Australian driver gains 1 position per race (on average).

2017 Formula1 Grand Prix Rankings

Formula1Score
F1 Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
5 Poles, 3 Wins, 5 Podiums
97.50% Race Performance

TOTAL SCORE: 447.50
F1 Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
1 Pole, 3 Wins, 6 Podiums
100.00% Race Performance

TOTAL SCORE: 425.00
F1 Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas
1 Pole, 1 Win, 5 Podiums
95.71% Race Performance

TOTAL SCORE: 345.71
F1 Daniel RicciardoDaniel Ricciardo
0 Poles, 1 Win, 4 Podiums
115.00% Race Performance

TOTAL SCORE: 327.50
F1 Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen
1 Pole, 0 Wins, 2 Podiums
91.67% Race Performance

TOTAL SCORE: 266.67
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See you at the Austrian Grand Prix!

Posted on July 04, 2017

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