Alex Palmer Writes...
It's a short turn-around from Austria to England this week for the F1 paddock. Good thing that Austria is reasonably close (Austria - you know, the one without the kangaroos). One might be forgiven for thinking the Spielberg event was a fashion show featuring men in romper suits / shorts / lederhosen but there was actually a race on. Actually, to be fair, the real interest in the race was on the last lap when the two Mercedes drivers decided to go all crash bandicoot on each other. Mercedes have done their best to hose down renewed speculation of a rift between their drivers, but I'd have to say Niki Lauda's interview / retraction / clarification hasn't really helped things. The most recent team 'clarification' seems to indicate that while team orders have not been imposed both drivers have been 'yellow carded' and no further mario kart-style driving will be tolerated. I also suspect both drivers are very aware Pascal Wehrlein is waiting in the wings to take the first available Mercedes seat and has some very impressive results in the Manor under his belt.

So we look forward to Silverstone, and with three drivers from the UK in the paddock this weekend to share the 'home town' honours (not to mention many of the teams considering this a 'home' race) there will be plenty to keep the media interested and hopefully distracted from the goings-on at Mercedes. There's also a test session next week after the race where we'll get to see some of the reserve / young drivers, which should provide some fodder for the driver silly season rumours.

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5