• Hamilton wins 13.719 secs forward of Bottas
  • Double DNF for Ferrari after Leclerc and Vettel collide
  • Norris takes 6th place after passing Perez, Stroll and Ricciardo on the final lap

Lewis Hamilton made up for a irritating outcome at Components 1’s 2020 season-opening Austrian GP last week, bouncing again to safe a commanding victory on the Styrian GP – the second spherical of the season held at Austria’s Crimson Bull Ring. Behind him, Valtteri Bottas beat Max Verstappen at hand Mercedes its first 1-2 end of the yr. However whereas Mercedes appeared to get issues proper at this second outing in Austria, Ferrari encountered a disastrous race with each Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc retiring after colliding on the opening lap.

Hamilton’s masterclass

A masterful drive in tough moist situations noticed Hamilton snatch pole position by a mighty 1.216 secs from Verstappen.  The British driver adopted up his spectacular kind in qualifying, with an equally masterful show of management to seal his 85th F1 win.

Talking after the race, Hamilton stated: “What a bizarre yr it’s. It’s nice to be again out right here and to be driving and driving with this sort of efficiency. The staff did a improbable job with the technique and it was simply as much as me to maintain it collectively, hold off the kerbs and produce it dwelling,”

“I’m so grateful to be again in first place and truthfully it looks like a very long time coming because the final race final yr. To come back again this yr after a tough first weekend final week, it is a nice step ahead.”

After qualifying in 4th place, final week’s race winner Bottas did properly to restrict harm and maintain on to his general lead within the drivers’ championship. He made a key transfer previous Sainz on lap 6, after which set about attempting to catch Verstappen.

With Mercedes deciding to maintain him out for an extended first stint, he’d emerged round eight seconds behind Verstappen after pitting for comfortable tyres on lap 35. On the time, each drivers had been nursing minor points, with Bottas working with a broken rear deflector and Verstappen struggling some entrance wing harm. However, Bottas used his brisker tyres to shut as much as Verstappen and after a short scuffle, managed to move the Crimson Bull driver to take 2nd place.

Alexander Albon ended up ending 4th at hand Crimson Bull Racing a 1-2 end on dwelling floor.

Double DNF for Ferrari

Following a disappointing run final week, Ferrari introduced in some updates for the second outing in Austria. However the Italian staff ended up struggling within the moist situations in qualifying – whereas Vettel certified in 10th place, Leclerc slotted into 14th place after being handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat throughout qualifying.

Issues went from dangerous to worse in the course of the race. Because the pack bunched up, Leclerc tried to move Vettel down the within at Flip 3, however the two made contact within the course of. The kerbs launched Leclerc’s SF1000 onto the rear of Vettel’s automobile, leaving Vettel with a damaged rear wing and Leclerc with intensive entrance wing and ground harm. Each automobiles ended up retiring from the race in fast succession consequently.

Whereas the stewards didn’t take motion towards both driver, within the aftermath of the incident, Leclerc did admit that he was too optimistic whereas making the transfer: “I apologisedd to Seb [Vettel]. Clearly, excuses aren’t sufficient in occasions like these and I’m simply disillusioned in myself,”

“However I’ll study from this and are available again stronger. It’s a tough time for the staff and we don’t want that. All of the efforts of the staff are within the bin. I’m very sorry,” he added.

Norris’ last-lap cost

The Crimson Bull Ring served up yet one more thrilling last-lap battle. After pulling off some spectacular overtaking strikes to make his method up the sphere, Racing Level’s Sergio Perez was working with entrance wing harm following a tussle with Albon. Behind him, his team-mate Lance Stroll was in a position to move Daniel Ricciardo at Flip Three to maneuver as much as 6th place. However Lando Norris quickly joined in on the motion, and handed each Ricciardo and Stroll in fast succession. With just some corners remaining, he was in a position to efficiently overtake Perez into Flip 10, at hand McLaren yet one more robust end following his 3rd place outcome final week.

All this motion set the stage for a photograph end, with Perez narrowly holding on to take 6th place, forward of Stroll and Ricciardo. Carlos Sainz and Kvyat rounded up the highest 10, however Sainz did nab an additional level for setting the quickest lap of the race.

Elsewhere, reliability gremlins proceed to have an effect on Renault, who only recently confirmed that Fernando Alonso would be returning to F1 next year with the staff. Other than the 2 Ferraris, Esteban Ocon was the one different driver who retired from the race, having to cease on account of a suspected cooling challenge.

F1 will now head to the Hungaroring in Budapest for spherical three of the 2020 season subsequent week. Whereas the Crimson Bull Ring put the deal with engine energy, the Hungaroring is a extra downforce-dependent monitor. So it ought to be fascinating to see if that produces any adjustments within the order.

Bottas at present tops the standings with 43 factors, six factors forward of Hamilton. Norris’ spectacular efficiency sees him slot into third place general with 26 factors.

2020 Styrian GP outcomes

POS

DRIVER

CAR

LAPS

TIME/RETIRED

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

71

1:22:50.683

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

71

+13.719s

3

Max Verstappen

Crimson Bull Racing

71

+33.698s

4

Alexander Albon

Crimson Bull Racing

71

+44.400s

5

Lando Norris

McLaren

71

+61.470s

6

Sergio Perez

Racing Level

71

+62.387s

7

Lance Stroll

Racing Level

71

+62.453s

8

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault

71

+62.591s

9

Carlos Sainz

McLaren

70

+1 lap

10

Daniil Kvyat

AlphaTauri

70

+1 lap

11

Kimi Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo

70

+1 lap

12

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

70

+1 lap

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas

70

+1 lap

14

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo

70

+1 lap

15

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri

70

+1 lap

16

George Russell

Williams

69

+2 laps

17

Nicholas Latifi

Williams

69

+2 laps

NC

Esteban Ocon

Renault

25

DNF

NC

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

4

DNF

NC

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1

DNF

 

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Two more races confirmed for updated 2020 F1 calendar