Seven days between races in the F1 world is not something that happens every day. However, this Formula 1 season is very much unlike any other that has ever been seen before.
Disrupted by the pandemic in March, a number of races have been postponed, including its traditional opener in Australia. For F1 teams and brands, it’s all about playing catch up now, trying to recover lost time.
And that’s why three F1 races will take place consecutively this month, with the second scheduled for this weekend. With races following hot in each other’s heels, car engines will be pushed to the limit as drivers try to earn as many points as possible.
How events will play out in this second race will also be influenced by the drama that happened last weekend. In case you missed, the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton missed out on a podium place, despite finishing the race in third.
That was one of the biggest stories from the first F1 race of the 2020 season. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished the race as the winner, and bagged his first 25 points of the season. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in second place while Lando Norris placed third.
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That was the tale of the tape in the F1 race at the Austrian GP. All is not set for the drama to unfold at the Styrian GP this weekend.
If the practice races are anything to go by, this is going to be a tough race for Lewis Hamilton. And a dramatic one as well.
While Max Verstappen finished the second practice the fastest, Lewis Hamilton finished only sixth. There was also Daniel Ricciardo’s high-speed crash which saw the driver limping in the same second practice for the Styrian Grand Prix.
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With the F1 community trying to resume in unprecedented circumstances, the drivers seem to still be adjusting. As such, there’s been a lot of drama on the tracks. And it is set to continue this weekend.
For Hamilton, it’s all about tying the record of F1 championship titles set by Michael Schumacher. The English driver may be taking it one race at a time but that’s the ultimate goal. In his way of achieving that dream is his teammate, Bottas, who is also looking to win an F1 driver’s title.
The boys at Ferrari may have their differences. However, they will want to put that asides as they try to stem the Mercedes dominance and also win a driver’s title. Then there are also outsiders like Verstappen and Ricciardo, set to throw in a spanner in the works every now and then.
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