Lewis Hamilton would follow his teammate Valtteri Bottas’ wire-to-wire victory last Sunday with a wire-to-wire win of his own in the Styrian Grand Prix. It is the 85th win for Hamilton in Formula One. He is now six wins away from passing Michael Schumacher for first on the all-time wins list.
Round two of the 2020 Formula One season took place in Austria at Red Bull Ring once again.
The opening lap kicked off with similar chaotic action to the season opener as Ferrari teammates had disaster in turn three. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel would make contact, which destroyed Vettel’s rear wing and affected Leclerc’s suspension. Both men wound up retiring from the race before lap five.
On lap 26, Renault’s Esteban Ocon came down pit road and retired from the race. He was running inside the top 10 prior to the exit.
The race would remain clean and incident-free following Ocon’s retirement.
However, the position battles would be aplenty as Bottas and Max Verstappen would go back-and-forth for second place. Verstappen would hold off Bottas for a lap but the Mercedes was too much for the Red Bull youngster as he would give up the position. Bottas and Verstappen would get podium finishes in second and third respectively.
Alexander Albon would recover from last Sunday’s exit and pick up a fourth-place finish.
Lando Norris would have another memorable final lap as he jumped Racing Point teammates in Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez for a fifth-place finish. Perez and Stroll would finish sixth and seventh respectively.
Daniel Ricciardo would be slow towards the end of the race but it was good enough to score points with an eighth-place run.
Carlos Sainz earned the bonus point for scoring the fastest lap of the race but a slow pit stop would drop the McLaren driver to a ninth-place finish.
Daniil Kvyat would round out the drivers to score points with a 10th-place finish.
F1 heads to Hungaroring next Sunday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.