Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press
So how many of the drivers fared better, and how many fared worse, than they were expecting before the race got underway then?
Well, while Felipe Massa did secure Williams their first pole on Saturday since Spain two years ago, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas also managing to lock out the front row, it was still thought unlikely the British team would win in Austria.
And so that proved correct as the Brazilian and Finnish drivers finished in fourth and third respectively, which still represented a fine achievement by the duo and their team.
Meanwhile, the so-far dominant Mercedes were hopeful that championship leader Rosberg would be able to turn his third place on the grid into something more significant come the end of the race—which is exactly what the German managed.
However, perhaps the drive of the day came from Hamilton, who jumped up from ninth to fourth after just the first lap, before the 2008 world champion eventually finished just behind his team-mate in second.
One team, though, who will not be recalling this race with any fond recollections are Red Bull, with world champion Sebastian Vettel being forced to retire again, while winner last time out in Canada, Daniel Ricciardo, slipped down from fifth on the grid to finish a disappointing eighth on what was the constructors’ champions home track, after all.