What a difference a week makes. After the French Grand Prix a week ago, I described the race as "a bit of a non-event on a track that is about as interesting as driving across the Sahara Desert". The Austrian Grand Prix could not have been more different.
The cars were largely the same thanks to the one-week gap, as it didn't allow much time for major developments. Yet the Austrian race, with the same ingredients in terms of teams, drivers and machinery, turned into one of the best for a long time.
There are a few reasons for this. The Red Bull Ring is a circuit that punishes drivers for their mistakes, there are elevation changes into, through and out of most corners and, more importantly, it didn't play to the strengths of the Mercedes.