Styrian GP: Hamilton wins as Leclerc and Vettel collide on opening lap

Lewis Hamilton has taken victory in the second race of the 2020 F1 season in Austria dubbed the Styrian Grand Prix. The British drove a flawless race for his 85th career win which puts him six away from drawing level with Michael Schumacher who holds the all-time record of 91 wins.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas came home second to make it a 1-2 and maximum points for Mercedes. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who started on the front row had to settle for third place ahead teammate Alexander Albon in P4.

Lewis Hamilton is cheered on at the finish line by his Mercedes team for winning the Styrian Grand Prix

Meanwhile there was more misery for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc collided with Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap. The Monegasque forced his car into a non-existent gap at the apex of Turn 3, bounced off the kerb to hit and damage the whole rear-end of Vettel’s car. Leclerc himself retired with a damaged floor from the incident, a few laps after the Safety Car period.

An onboard view from Kimi Raikkonen’s cockpit showing Charles Leclerc bouncing off the kerb and hitting teammate Sebastian Vettel.

McLaren’s Lando Norris capitalised on a last gasp tussle between Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, then passed Sergio Perez on the final corner to finish fifth. Perez with a front wing damage, held on just on the finish line for P6 ahead of teammate Stroll and Ricciardo in 8th place.

A long pit-stop compromised the sister McLaren of Carlos Sainz who had his best start position from third on the grid. The Spaniard came home 9th with a bonus point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Daniil Kvyat picked up a point for AlphaTauri by finishing in P10.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was 11th followed by Haas’ duo Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean in P12 and P13 respectively. Antonio Giovinazzi was 14th ahead of Pierre Gasly with Williams’ George Russell and Nicolas Latifi bringing up the rear. Renault’s Esteban Ocon retired with a cooling problem.

After two races, Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship with 80 points, McLaren are second with 39 points, Red Bull have 27 and Racing Point fourth with 22 points. Ferrari have 19 followed by Renault with 8 points, AlphaTauri 7 points and Alfa Romeo with 2 points.

Valtteri Bottas lead the Drivers’ Championship with 43 points, six ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton with 37 and Lando Norris 26 points.

NEXT RACE

After two weeks in Austria, the F1 paddock packs up and heads to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix next week to complete a triple-header start to the delayed 2020 season.

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