Stage set for round two of post-COVID-19 F1 Grand Prix

BOITUMELO RANTAO

THE 2020 Formula one season kicks off round two and with dramatic storylines running rampant throughout the first weekend the 2020 season – the stage for the Styrian GP is just as illuminating. 

Valtteri Bottas claimed the first race win of the season to go along with a lap record pole position to cap off a successful weekend in Austria for the Mercedes driver. Though, in a race where nine drivers failed to finish the upcoming race weekend is anything but predictable.

Finishing on the podium alongside Bottas were Charles Leclerc in second place and Lando Norris in third. The latter claimed his first Formula one podium in what was a sterling break out weekend. Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finished in second but was relegated to fourth after colliding with Red Bulls’ Alex Albon and receiving a time penalty.

The famous red Ferrari team had to endure what seemed like an endless weekend of being uncharacteristically off the pace with driver Sebastian Vettel failing to qualify for the third qualifying session and finishing with one point in tenth on race day. Leclerc however pulled a special performance seemingly out of nowhere to finish in second place.  

Mid-tier teams Racing Point and McLaren have stolen some eyes after staying high up in the top 10 consistently throughout the weekend. This momentum will prove fruitful as they look fired up looking towards round two.

One of the more anticipated showcases of the weekend will be the Red Bull team, who in their second home grand prix will be hoping for a much better result than in round one. The team looked in great form after a strong qualifying performance, but nothing is guaranteed on race day. This was the tale as both drivers did not cross the chequered flag on race day. The team will be hoping for an improved performance in the Styrian GP. 

Teams with the talent and resources to be challenging for mid-table points will look to improve on their mistakes from the weekend prior and be competitive throughout the weekend. With teams making improvements and returning to the same circuit, the atmosphere could not be better for what’s to come. 

Race weekend starts on the 10th of July until the 12th of July in Austria for the Styrian GP.