If the weekend in France was a step forward for Nyck de Vries, then the weekend in Austria was two steps back. The Dutchman secured a long-awaited first win of the season in Le Castellet, and hoped that the pendulum would remain in his favour at the Red Bull Ring. Instead, the PREMA driver had an uncharacteristically poor qualifying to line up in ninth, and elected to trial the alternate strategy by starting on the prime tyres. However, this left him in a predicament when gifted with a puncture early in the race, and de Vries had to call in and retire in order to ensure he had a set of Pirellis left for Sunday’s race. Although he made some progress in the Sprint, de Vries was already compromised and struggled to make any inroads into the points-scoring positions, leaving him to fall down the championship order as his rivals all scored.