Over the next few days I think we can expect the tense rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton to heighten in the picturesque Styrian countryside which makes such a wonderful setting for the challenge of the Austrian Grand Prix.
Earlier this week Vettel attended the FIA's Paris headquarters to discuss banging wheels with Hamilton in anger at a perceived brake test before the second safety auto in Azerbaijan.
There was late drama for Hamilton when he locked up and went off track at the top of the steep ascent to Turn 3 but avoided the gravel trap.
We certainly don't see anything over than a SIlver Arrows win this weekend and I'm very sorry to say that because of my outright book but as far as I'm concerned I'll be shortening Hamilton for the WDC again come Sunday afternoon.
Vettel seemed to be feeling a little remorse this week after his dust-up with Hamilton in last week's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Hamilton qualified third but was hit with a five-place gearbox penalty, with Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo occupying the second row of the grid. Tomorrow in the race we'll have to see, but we are a bit better compared to them, normally, but if that's going to be the case tomorrow, we'll see tomorrow.
The only glitch for Hamilton, meanwhile, was to come in to the pits briefly for a spark plug change in P2. "I want to get a one-two with Valtteri so will try to do that".
Vettel slotted into second with his first attempt, 0.023s adrift, but looked set to go quickest after setting the fastest two sector times. "It's a great track, the auto has been phenomenal".
"I was very happy".
Turn 1 prediction: With Hamilton starting from eighth on super-soft tyres while all those around him start on the stickier ultra-softs, he will have to be careful not to lose more positions in the opening two corners.
Grosjean took seventh for Haas ahead of the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, while Carlos Sainz Jr. completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso. Out of the eight races in F1 2017, only three times the pole position driver has gone on to win the race.
Following factory analysis of the auto after the Azerbaijan weekend, however, Mercedes found some damage to the gearbox and, earlier this week, it decided that it would be better to change it for this weekend rather than risk it failing.