It couldn't have turned out much better for Red Bull to have their former bad-boy come good winning their home grand prix in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans. Perhaps only having Ricciardo alongside him on the podium would have made the victory any sweeter.
Here's how the power rankings from the Austrian Grand Prix took shape:
Moving on up
▲ Max Verstappen has improved his power rankings at the last three races, finishing 3rd, 2nd and now 1st consecutively, to pull ahead of Valtteri Bottas and within 3 points of teammate Ricciardo, who previously had a commanding lead. It's telling that Verstappen is only the fourth race winner this season, joining Ricciardo, Vettel and Hamilton. It's a huge redemption for Verstappen, and makes good after his troubled start to the season.
▲ Fernando Alonso ran a tactical race to thrust himself into P8 and a points scoring position after starting from the pitlane. McLaren's form has been patchy, and has showed glimpses of pace while also trundling around with the backmarkers so far this year. Conserving tyres during the middle stint of the race and then attacking the midfield paid dividends.
▲ Romain Grosjean held firm after a commendable qualifying position to score his first points finish this year in P4. Not only did Grosjean open his account, but he delivered Haas' best ever race result, and with Magnussen in tow, the team celebrates their 50th grand prix with their best ever points haul.
▼ Lewis Hamilton (and Mercedes generally) found almost every possible way to lose this race. First Hamilton made a mistake in qualifying that cost him pole position to Bottas (fortunately not one of the Ferraris), then after regaining the lead at the first corner, Mercedes lost Bottas before botching their pit strategy and letting both Red Bulls get the jump, then Vettel overtook Hamilton before he joined his teammate on the sidelines to watch the drivers' championship lead slip through his fingers. The disastrous run led Toto Wolff to declare the race the most painful day he's had with the team – and that's saying something, remembering that his two chargers took each other out losing them another 1-2 in Spain 2016.
▼ Lance Stroll extends his run of cold then hot (then cold again) form, earning an embarrassing 10-second penalty for ignoring blue flag for an entire lap. Stewards revealed Stroll admitted he had seen the flags, but was waiting for confirmation from the team on what to do, expecting that if Perez overtook him he'd be able to re-pass and pull away.
▼ Stoffel Vandoorne slid into Pierre Gasly at turn 3 of the opening lap, leaving debris on the track that worried everyone and left Gasly with an unbalanced car that claims was "more like a rally car". When pitting for a new nose, a slow stop meant that Vandoorne's hopes of points quickly dissolved.