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Sport F1 2020: Starting grid and race preview for Styrian Grand Prix

01:27  12 july  2020
01:27  12 july  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

Aitken gets Williams FP1 outing for F1 Styrian GP at Red Bull Ring

  Aitken gets Williams FP1 outing for F1 Styrian GP at Red Bull Ring Williams Formula 1 team reserve driver Jack Aitken will have a run in George Russell's car on the Friday morning of the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring .With no in-season testing this year, opportunities for rookies are rare, although one day has been set aside for them after the last race.Williams is the first team to make a commitment to using an FP1 session for a young driver in 2020.Campos FIA Formula 2 driver Aitken has tested for Renault in the past, running a full day in Barcelona in 2018, and then two more at the Spanish venue and in Bahrain in 2019, but he has not yet driven the current Williams.

Over seven months since the last race , Formula One finally returns with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton begins the defence of his drivers' championship from second place on the grid after Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas pipped him to pole position.

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a person wearing a costume: Lewis Hamilton is on the front row with Max Verstappen © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton is on the front row with Max Verstappen

A dramatic start to the Formula One season looks poised to continue with the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday.

Torrential rain had qualifying in doubt on Saturday, but fans were rewarded for their patience with a thrilling session in troublesome track conditions once the action began after a delay.

The second of two consecutive races in Spielberg will see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, two men looking to bounce back from disappointing outings at the Austrian Grand Prix, occupy the front row.

Hamilton has not won in his last four attempts at this circuit and, while the weather may be better on race day, there is potential for another lively grand prix after last week's entertaining start.

Autosport Podcast: Preview of F1's Styrian Grand Prix

  Autosport Podcast: Preview of F1's Styrian Grand Prix The Styrian Grand Prix will take place just a week after the season opener, but there has been plenty of intrigue within the Formula 1 circus since the first round .The mid-week news that Fernando Alonso will rejoin F1 with Renault has already courted attention, while there are plenty of talking points ahead of 2020's second race too.Mercedes, having suffered from gearbox issues last weekend, has admitted that a reoccurrence could happen at the Red Bull Ring's second race.

The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix (officially known as Formula 1 Pirelli Großer Preis der Steiermark 2020 ) is a Formula One motor race that is scheduled to be held on 12 July 2020 at the Red Bull Ring in

1 2020 Styrian Grand Prix on BBC Sport, including who had the fastest laps in each practice session, up to three qualifying lap times, finishing places, race times, fastest laps Last updated 10th July 2020 at 11:36. All times are UK and subject to change. BBC is not responsible for any changes.

WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING

A magnificent late effort in the rain saw Hamilton knock Verstappen off the top of the standings in the final stages of Q3, ultimately finishing 1.216 seconds ahead of the Dutchman.

Carlos Sainz claimed an excellent third for a McLaren team who have momentum, with Valtteri Bottas – the winner last time out – having to settle for fourth ahead of Esteban Ocon. Alex Albon qualified seventh but will start sixth after a grid penalty for Lando Norris.

Ferrari had another difficult qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc coming 10th and 11th respectively, before it got worse when the Monegasque dropped to 14th when he received a penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat.

THE STARTING GRID

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

3. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)  4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

5. Esteban Ocon (Renault) 6. Alex Albon (Red Bull)

7. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 8. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

9. Lando Norris (McLaren) 10. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

11. George Russell (Williams)  12. Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

13. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) 14. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

15. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 16. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

17. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) 18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

19. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 20. Romain Grosjean (Haas)

STYRIAN GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS

Red Bull have a score to settle with Mercedes after last week and will hope Verstappen can take the fight to Hamilton at their home circuit, where the Dutchman won in 2019.

Verstappen was denied what looked to be a certain podium and a possible challenge to the two Mercedes when he retired last week, while Alex Albon's late charge for victory was derailed when he was knocked off track by Hamilton, who received a time penalty.

George Russell's Q3 near-miss at Styrian GP "frustrating" for Williams

  George Russell's Q3 near-miss at Styrian GP Williams has admitted that it is frustrated to miss out on a spot in Q3 for the Styrian Grand Prix by less than one tenth of a second .George Russell performed brilliantly to briefly top the times at the start of Q1, and after progressing into Q2 for the first time in his Formula 1 career, eventually finished 12th just 0.091 seconds behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in tenth.

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Red Bull are therefore desperate for points, as is Hamilton, who will be glad to see team-mate Bottas begin three places behind him as he looks to halt the Finn's early momentum. Sainz, meanwhile, will look to give McLaren consecutive podiums for the first time in eight years.

The race pace of Ferrari, who have not won at this circuit since 2003, will again be under the spotlight. Leclerc's second-place last week masked serious issues with their car, and while they have brought upgrades to round two, the Scuderia start in an unenviable position.

WHAT THE DRIVERS SAID

Lewis Hamilton (pole): "That last lap for me was really as close to perfect as I could really get it in those conditions. I don't know how it comes across on the cameras, but it is the hardest conditions that we ever drive in. I still have to do the job and these guys are no pushovers, so it is going to require a perfect job from myself and the team."

Ferrari serves: penalty for Leclerc after fiasco qualifying

 Ferrari serves: penalty for Leclerc after fiasco qualifying © Getty Images Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari received a subsequent penalty If it doesn't work, then it just doesn't work: The already disappointing qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix has for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc a sequel. Sebastian Vettel's team-mate, who failed in Q2 and was initially eliminated in eleventh place, was downgraded by three positions on the starting grid by the race management, thus only starting from 14th on the grid.

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Max Verstappen (2nd): "My final lap could have been a little better and I had a four-wheel drift over the last kerb but still it would not have been good enough to beat Lewis. [Sunday] in the dry will be a different day and hopefully we will be quick enough to fight for the win. Starting on the front row gives us a good opportunity to collect some good points and hopefully we can give Mercedes a hard time."

Carlos Sainz (3rd): "The car was better than it was last year in the wet. I am starting P3, so there will be opportunities hopefully and maybe we can grab another podium. But it will be difficult - we finished P3 last weekend because Hamilton and Albon collided - what is important is that this year with this car, if the others fail, we are a bit closer to the podium."

Valtteri Bottas (4th): "My front-right brake was glazing throughout the qualifying so I couldn't really maximise the potential of the car under braking, which is really important for the confidence in the wet conditions. That made it quite tricky and it was disappointing. We haven't done a race distance, obviously, in practice [but] we know the car is quick so I'm looking forward to it."

Sebastian Vettel (10th): "Unfortunately we didn't have the speed, we had a lot of aquaplaning in the car, struggled to get the tyres to work, in particular the front, so it wasn't easy to judge. We had a lot of front locking, a lot of aquaplaning down the straight. In the last lap, I tried to do a bit more and risk everything and it didn't work. I had to try, but not great, obviously."

Grosjean avoids exclusion risk after parc ferme breach for F1 Styrian GP

  Grosjean avoids exclusion risk after parc ferme breach for F1 Styrian GP Romain Grosjean has escaped the risk of disqualification from the Styrian Grand Prix, after his Haas team broke parc ferme rules following qualifying on Saturday night .The Frenchman failed to complete a lap in the wet qualifying session, after suffering an ERS water pump failure on his out lap in Q1. His failure to set a time left him at the back of the grid.Haas worked on sorting the water pump issue late into Saturday evening, and beyond the three hour 30 minutes time limit by which F1 cars need to be put into parc ferme after qualifying finishes. In the end, it finished its efforts at 11.

George Russell (11th): "It felt incredible. It was a real buzz driving – I was giving it everything I had. If somebody said we'd have been a tenth away from the Ferraris [to get] into Q3, there is no way I would have believed it. It's not our true pace but it was great and a real boost for the hard work of the whole team. I'm really happy. Let's see what we can do on Sunday."

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 25

2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 18

3. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 16

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 12

5. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) – 10

Constructors

1. Mercedes – 37

2. McLaren – 26

3. Ferrari – 19

4. Racing Point – 8

5. Alpha Tauri - 6


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Hamilton urges F1 to be 'more creative' at double-header events .
Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1 should consider a “more creative” way of shaking up a race weekend at circuits hosting multiple races. The opening two rounds of the delayed 2020 season were both run at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, marking the first time a track has held back-to-back grand prix’s on successive weekends. This format will be repeated at Silverstone next month and is also under consideration for the Bahrain Grand Prix later in the campaign. F1 had proposed a twist to the traditional format at the second event in Austria and Great Britain with a reverse grid qualifying race, but the idea was rejected by Mercedes.

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