Ezequiel Montero has now taken the lead in the Drivers Championship after emerging from Austria with the victory. Ivan Georgiev was, for the second time in a row, on Pole Position as the Ferrari driver snatched it from Keyter Bautista by just 36 thousands of a second.
The start of the race was short of being clean, with both Sean Higgins and Theodoros Eziroglou being involved in collisions with others as they approached the apex of turn 1. The race then started to unfold with Georgiev holding to the lead against Bautista in the pink Force India. It was later on when Bautista made the move and took the lead. After the initial pit stop round, we saw a brief fight for the lead between Montero and Angelone that lasted a few laps until the Colombian driver made contact with Montero sending both into a spin. Things started turning chaotic at this point when both drivers came into the pits and found themselves in a second collision, this time with Cory Mackey near the pit exit after being punted by Eziroglou right at turn 1. Angelone had to replace his front wing multiple times while Montero got the best out of this avoiding further repairs.
After all the mess midway through the race, it was Ivan Georgiev who found himself in the lead of the race and with a comfortable gap to second place Montero. Sadly, the killer kerbing of the Red Bull Ring denied the Ferrari driver his maiden victory when he went slightly over the kerb at the exit of turn 6 on lap 60 and broke his front wing. This meant now that Montero would take the lead of the race with only 11 laps to go, Bautista was right behind him and Cardozo in third, a double-podium finish for Force India was clearly in sight.
The last lap of the race gave us more drama when Cardozo's Force India started losing power with only a few corners to the checkered flag. The mechanics were scrambling and later on, they realized that not enough fuel was added prior to the race. Cardozo became a sitting duck on the final lap and saw his chances of a podium finish evaporate Infinity War style. Benny Fascelli managed to pass the Force India driver and secure his best career finish with a third place. Walcott also took another position from Cardozo and ended up in 4th. Right on the finish line, we could see the Force India with the engine shut down making it in a close 5th place.
Montero would end up with the victory just one second ahead of Bautista who made a fantastic return to racing after being absent for the past 3 events. This now means that Montero is back at the top of the Drivers Championship table leading Mackey by 15 points.
On the teams side, Ferrari saw a big blow with only 7 points scored against 33 from Renault. They, however, still hold a commanding lead over the French team.
Next up, the third and final race of the triple-header, the SRHF1 2018 British Grand Prix from Silverstone.
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