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The 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, (officially the Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis Der Steiermark 2020)[1] was the second round of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria on 12 July 2020.[2] The race was the second of the season to be held at the Red Bull Ring as result of a heavily revised calendar, and took its name from the region of Styria in Austria where the Red Bull Ring is located.[2]

In qualifying, the circuit was hit with wet weather that already cancelled FP3. Lewis Hamilton bravely took pole position about 1.2 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, Jr..

BackgroundEdit

The fall-out from the Covid-19 Pandemic had heavily affected the calendar for the 2020 season, and resulted in the extraordinary decision to run a second race at the Red Bull Ring, marking the first time that a single circuit had hosted two World Championship rounds.[2] However, to avoid confusion with the Austrian Grand Prix which would open the season, the second race at the Red Bull Ring would be named the Styrian Grand Prix after the region of Styria, Austria's second largest region and the home of the Red Bull Ring.[2] Otherwise, there would be no changes to the circuit other than a change of name to the event, with the same timetable, track layout and rules, after a bid to implement reverse-grid rules was scuppered by Mercedes.[3]

Ferrari FlounderingEdit

Ferrari revealed that they would bring a major upgrade to the second race of the season, an enforced change to their upgrade schedule after their miserable showing in the opening race.[4] Indeed, while Charles Leclerc had claimed a podium finish at the opening race, the two scarlet cars were a second off the pace in qualifying, while Sebastian Vettel failed to get into Q3, and spun during the race.[4] The update was expected to feature some re-profiling of the aerodynamics to reduce drag and improve stability.[4]

Reserve RunnersEdit

Ahead of the second race of the season Williams announced that their main test and reserve driver Jack Aitken would take part in FP1 for the Styrian Grand Prix, taking over the #63 car of George Russell for the session.[5] The decision had been made for a variety of reasons, although primarily because of new rules regarding the "bubble system" implemented by the series, which could rule out a driver from competing at a race if they had a positive Covid-19 test at the start of a race meeting.[6] It was therefore seen as a priority for Williams to have their lead reserve driver gain track time with the FW43, and after a full meetings running at the Red Bull Ring a week earlier, it would not cost Russell any time to setup the car.[5]

Another team to take up the option of running their reserve driver in FP1 would be Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, who would put veteran reserve racer Robert Kubica in Antonio Giovinazzi's car.[7]

Alonso Arrival?Edit

Elsewhere, there were widespread reports that Fernando Alonso would return to the F1 paddock in 2021, with Renault having approached the former Champion about their available race seat.[8] The Spaniard, who had left the Championship at the end of 2018 to pursue the Triple Crown of Motorsport, had been associated with McLaren since his exit, and had hinted at wanting to return to the Championship after winning the World Endurance Championship in 2018/19.[8] A formal announcement about his signing was expected during the Styrian Grand Prix weekend.[8]

Opening ObservationsEdit

Valtteri Bottas led the Championship after claiming victory at the opening round, with his pole to victory run earning him 25 points. Charles Leclerc was a surprise second in-spite of a poor showing in qualifying, while Lando Norris was in third having claimed the bonus point for fastest lap. Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz, Jr. then completed the top five, with Sergio Pérez, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Antonio Giovinazzi and Sebastian Vettel also on the scoresheet.

In the Constructors' Championship it was Mercedes who led the way after the opening day, having scored 37 points courtesy of Bottas and Hamilton. McLaren-Renault were next up in second, sat on 26, while Ferrari were in third on eighteen. Racing Point-BWT Mercedes, AlphaTauri-Honda, Renault and Alfa Romeo-Ferrari then completed the scorers.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
40 United Kingdom Jack Aitken United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
Source:[9]

Practice OverviewEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 1:05.769 9 No time 20 Cancelled
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:05.908 14 1:04.541 8
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:05.770 10 1:05.613 16
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:09.598 19 1:05.655 17
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:06.441 15 1:05.152 13
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:06.446 16 1:06.096 19
10 France Pierre Gasly Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:05.698 8 1:04.757 11
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:04.867 1 1:03.877 3
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1:05.837 12 1:04.706 9
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-Mercedes 1:05.396 5 1:04.241 4
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari No time 20 1:05.790 18
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:05.483 6 1:04.437 7
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:05.815 11 1:05.050 12
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 1:05.874 13 1:04.746 10
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:04.963 2 1:03.660 1
40 United Kingdom Jack Aitken United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:06.768 17 DNP
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:05.120 4 1:04.348 6
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:05.602 7 1:04.333 5
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes DNP 1:05.588 15
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:05.089 3 1:03.703 2
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:06.797 18 DNP
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari DNP 1:05.365 14
Source: [10][11]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:18.188 1 1:17.825 1 1:19.273 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 2 1:18.297 2 1:17.938 2 1:20.489 2
3 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 4 1:18.590 7 1:18.836 3 1:20.671 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 5 1:18.791 4 1:18.657 4 1:20.701 4
5 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 7 1:19.687 6 1:18.764 5 1:20.922 5
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 3 1:18.504 3 1:03.860 6 1:03.868 9*
7 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 14 1:20.882 8 1:19.014 7 1:21.011 6
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 10 1:20.192 5 1:18.744 8 1:21.028 7
9 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 6 1:19.662 9 1:19.229 9 1:21.192 8
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 11 1:20.243 10 1:19.545 10 1:21.651 10
11 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 13 1:20.871 11 1:19.628 14**
12 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 12 1:20.382 12 1:19.636 11
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 8 1:19.697 13 1:19.645 12
14 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 9 1:19.824 14 1:19.717 13
15 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 15 1:21.140 15 1:20.211 15
16 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 1:21.372 16
17 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 17 1:21.607 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:21.759 18
19 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 19 1:21.831 20
20 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 20 no time PL
107% time: 1:08.505
Source: [12]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Lando Norris was given a 3-place grid penalty for overtaking during yellow flags in FP1.
  • ** Charles Leclerc was given a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Daniil Kvyat during Q2.
  • Antonio Giovinazzi was given a 5-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

GridEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Stephanie Travers Mercedes team joined on the podium to receive the winning manufacturer’s award.

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 71 1:22:50.683 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 71 + 13.719 4 18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 + 33.698 2 15
4 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 + 44.400 6 12
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 71 + 1:01.470 9 10
6 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 71 + 1:02.387 17 8
7 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 71 + 1:02.453 12 6
8 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 71 + 1:02.591 8 4
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 70 + 1 Lap 3 3FL
10 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 + 1 Lap 13 1
11 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 16
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 15
13 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap PL
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 20
15 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 + 1 Lap 7
16 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 69 + 2 Laps 11
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 69 + 2 Laps 18
Ret 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 24 Radiator[13] 5
Ret 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 2 Accident damage 14
Ret 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1 Accident damage 10
Source:[14]

MilestonesEdit

  • First Styrian Grand Prix to be staged.[2]
  • First time that one circuit has hosted two Grands Prix in one season.
  • Lewis Hamilton's 89th pole and 85th race win.
    • Hamilton has now won races in 14 consecutive seasons since his debut.
  • Mercedes secured their 104th win as a constructor.[15]
    • Also their 190th win as an engine supplier.[15]
  • Carlos Sainz, Jr. earned his first fastest lap.

StandingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. "Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis Der Steiermark 2020" formula1.com (Formula 1 World Championship Limited) https://www.formula1.com/en/racing/2020/Styria.html (Accessed 06/08/2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'F1 confirms first 8 races of revised 2020 calendar, starting with Austria double header', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 02/06/2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.f1-confirms-first-8-races-of-revised-2020-calendar-starting-with-austria.36X98qZnFFhNxQ8O2WdCON.html, (Accessed 26/06/2020)
  3. Viittausvirhe: Virheellinen <ref>-elementti; viitettä Reverse ei löytynyt
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'We have to respond immediately' – Ferrari aiming to bring big update to Austria ahead of schedule', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 06/07/2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.we-have-to-respond-immediately-ferrari-aiming-to-bring-big-update-to-austria.44WBmZABalMXfvWjy9Z3Wu.html, (Accessed 07/07/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Adam Cooper, 'Williams to give Aitken FP1 run at second Austrian F1 event', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 06/07/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/williams-aitken-fp1-styria-austria/4826605/?utm_source=home-page-widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=widget-6, (Accessed 07/07/2020)
  6. Viittausvirhe: Virheellinen <ref>-elementti; viitettä Bubble ei löytynyt
  7. Alex Kalinauckas, 'Kubica to make F1 race weekend return with Alfa', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 07/07/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/kubica-f1-race-return-alfa/4827729/?utm_source=home-page-widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_campaign=widget-22, (Accessed 07/07/2020)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Andrew Benson, 'Fernando Alonso to return to Formula 1 with Renault in 2021', bbc.co.uk/sport, (British Broadcasting Corporation, 07/07/2020), https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/53325412, (Accessed 07/07/2020)
  9. Viittausvirhe: Virheellinen <ref>-elementti; viitettä EL ei löytynyt
  10. "2020 Styrian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 July 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1046/austria/practice-1.html. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  11. "2020 Styrian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 10 July 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1046/austria/practice-2.html. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  12. "2020 Styrian Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 11 July 2020. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1046/austria/qualifying.html. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  13. "Renault seeks urgent solution after second radiator failure". motorsport.com. https://us.motorsport.com/f1/news/renault-radiator-failure-ocon-styria/4833271/. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  14. 'FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GROSSER PREIS VON STEIEMARK 2020 - RACE RESULT', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1046/austria/race-result.html, (Accessed 12/07/2020)
  15. Viittausvirhe: Virheellinen <ref>-elementti; viitettä Stats ei löytynyt
V T E 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRacing PointRed BullRenaultWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlbonBottasGaslyGiovinazziGrosjeanHamiltonKvyatLatifiLeclercMagnussenNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzStrollVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 23 Albon • 26 Kvyat • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AitkenBuemiCâmaraFittipaldiKubica
Cars Alfa Romeo C39AlphaTauri AT01Ferrari SF1000Haas VF-20McLaren MCL35Mercedes W11Racing Point RP20Red Bull RB16Renault R.S.20Williams FW43
Tyres Pirelli
Races AustriaStyriaHungaryBritain70th AnniversarySpainBelgiumItalyTuscanRussiaNurburgringPortugalImola
Cancelled/Postponed Races AustraliaBahrainVietnamChinaNetherlandsMonacoAzerbaijanCanadaFranceSingaporeJapanUnited StatesMexicoBrazilAbu Dhabi
Tests Barcelona 1Barcelona 2
See also 2019 Formula One Season2021 Formula One SeasonCategory
V T E Styria Styrian Grand Prix
Circuits Red Bull Ring (2020–present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
Races 2020
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