Two weeks later, the Finn almost got another shot at victory in Azerbaijan. In fact, after earlier drama between the Red Bulls, he was leading with three laps to go ahead of Lewis. But, a painful puncture forced him to retire. However, the race did see the first win of the season for our team, with Lewis taking over the lead and securing victory.
The first European race of the season was also the first 1-2 for the team, as Lewis and Valtteri put in a commanding performance at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. Lewis left the track with a 17-point lead in the standings, but a third-place finish in Monaco - a tough weekend for the silver cars - with Ricciardo and Vettel first and second cut his advantage.
Victory for Vettel in Canada meant he snatched the Championship lead away from Lewis, who claimed fifth, while Valtteri was second for the fourth time in 2018. Lewis didn't have to wait long to return to the top of the standings though, after a controlled and commanding win at the returning French GP, while Valtteri finished seventh after a collision on the opening lap meant that he had to fight his way through the field.
France started off a relentless run of three consecutive races, the first triple-header in F1. From the race at Paul Ricard, the team travelled to Austria, where we experienced one of our worst weekends in recent years as a double-DNF ended a record-breaking 33-race streak of consecutive points finishes for Lewis. Valtteri took a beautiful pole position and was in contention for the win before retiring on lap 11, while Lewis dropped out of the running on lap 62.