Azerbaijan followed and proved to be one of the most exciting races of the season. It was action-packed for Valtteri, too, and he put in one of his most impressive performances of the year. After clashing with Kimi Räikkönen on the opening lap, Valtteri dropped to last place. But, he was on an absolute charge and stormed up the order, eventually taking P2 from Lance Stroll in a photo finish.
"Today was a crazy race, especially for me," he said at the time. "My main goal today was to fight for the win but that went out of the window after the first lap. I was actually last at one point, but I got my head down, gave it absolutely everything and tried to get the absolute maximum out of every single corner. We didn't quite manage to win but P2 from where we were is a great feeling."
However, he did manage to win in Austria, after taking his second pole position and getting a brilliant start. He had Vettel for company in the closing stages, once again, but he fended off the Prancing Horse's challenge to claim his second win in F1 - and he followed that up with second in Silverstone and third in Hungary - his fifth consecutive race on the podium.
It was a nice way to enter the summer break, but on F1's return, Valtteri suffered a difficult spell of races. He was fifth in Belgium, before finishing runner-up to Lewis in a Silver Arrows 1-2 at Monza and benefitted from the first lap drama to finish third in Singapore; despite feeling he was chasing the car set-up all weekend.