2020 F1 preview: Styrian Grand Prix

A different name but familiar location for Formula One as the racing organization returns to Red Bull Ring for round two of the 2020 season.

If you want information of the course layout and length, check out my preview from last Sunday’s season opener.

Valtteri Bottas is the defending winner at Red Bull after going wire-to-wire to win the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. Bottas is in position for another podium finish after finishing in the top three during both practices. He earned a fourth-place spot on the starting grid.

Bottas’ Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton went through all the highs and lows last Sunday. He suffered a three-position drop in the starting grid but worked his way up to second place only to have a five-second penalty after making contact with Alexander Albon, which caused Albon to spin. Hamilton earned the pole after a legendary lap in the rain on Saturday. However, the long-run speed could play a factor as he was outside the top three in both practices.

It has been a great weekend so far for Max Verstappen. The young Red Bull Racing product is looking to bounce back from a rough season opener where he suffered a mechanical failure early in the race and had to retire from the event. He was fastest in the second practice session and qualified second on the starting grid.

Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon will have his work cut out for him with a seventh place spot on the starting grid. He is also looking for a redeeming performance after retiring late last Sunday following the spin after contact with Hamilton.

Carlos Sainz will seek his second career podium finish as he earned third place on the starting grid. He finished fifth last Sunday after starting eighth.

After a second-place finish on the podium last Sunday, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will have a lot of work to do as he qualified 11th. On top of a poor qualifying session, he was struck down with a three-spot penalty after holding up Daniil Kvyat during qualifying. He will now begin the race from 14th.

George Russell of Williams Racing will be in contention to score points for the first time in his career as he rolls off from the 11th position.

Antonio Giovinazzi will start last on Sunday due to a gearbox change.

For people in the United States, ESPN will carry TV coverage beginning at 9:05 a.m. EST.

Starting lineup:

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