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Fans with Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren banner at Formula One World Championship, Rd9, Austrian

There was a thrilling race on track in Sunday’s Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2017, but what was going on behind the scenes in the build-up to the Spielberg weekend? Here's just some of the highlights...

Boxing clever

PUSH! #hardworkpaysoff #TeamLH pic.twitter.com/dPu4X2xuGI

— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) 29 June 2017 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is leaving nothing chance in his bid for a fourth world championship - or perhaps just releasing some pent-up emotions following his on-track clash with a certain Ferrari driver in Baku?

Grojean gets in on the act

Haas's Romain Grosjean opts for pedalling rather than punching in his bid for ultimate race fitness.

Top tyre shredding

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was one of several F1 drivers to spend their 'weekend off' at the UK's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Not sure the others did this to their tyres in a single run, though...

Garden party

Williams made good use of the festival - celebrating their 40th year of F1 racing, with cars and drivers past and present.

Birthday boy, Part I

With musical talent like this, Daniel Ricciardo is probably glad his Red Bull colleagues normally stick to the racing.

Birthday boy, Part II

Hard to believe the four-time world champion has hit the big three-zero - he barely looks a day older.

Jolly hockey sticks

It may have been sunny and warm in Spielberg, but the Red Bull boys also found time to cool off on the ice...

State of independence

Both American team Haas and Daniel Ricciardo chose to mark the United States' special day on social media. Now that's what we call striking a pose...

Kevin gets the nod

Haas's Kevin Magnussen can't tell whether he's coming or going thanks to this unusual training exercise...

Palmer on court

Renault's Jolyon Palmer enjoys a spot of tennis action with younger brother Will - and no prizes for guessing who they're supporting!

On the water

As Palmer basks in the London sun, Max Verstappen takes to the water for more adrenaline-fueled between-race recreation.

Lewis and Lightning McQueen

Cars 3 may not be on general release yet, but a lucky few have had a sneak preview...

Top trousers

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat show how to sport Austrian dress in style...


A handful of fortunate young fans were lucky enough to meet their F1 heroes in Austria after being selected to join the drivers in their pre-race formalities.

Seeing double

We seriously don't think Fernando Alonso would rather be anywhere else...

Max is amazed

When this many people turn out to see you race, you can't fail to be touched. Shame the orange-clad army only saw their man once in the race...

Wing men

It's not just on the track that the Red Bulls are closely matched.

Dropping in

Think an F1 driver understands speed? Try telling that to this man, who clocked over 800mph when he parachuted from the edge of space.

Violin Verstappen meets Dancin' Daniel

Don't give up the day job? The videos tell you all you need to know...

Heading home

Force India's Esteban Ocon and Haas's Romain Grosjean prepare to board the plane - and with 12 points in the bag between them it's two happy Frenchman departing Austria!



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