F1 Analysis: Four talking points from the Styrian Grand Prix | GRR

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2020

In any case, the Mercedes world champion was going significantly faster on his lap behind.

Coming home fourth in the Austria GP last time out, the 35-year-old enjoyed a dominant weekend in Spielberg - erasing memories of his latest penalty-inducing clash with Alex Albon - and romped home on Sunday, returning Mercedes to their slot of "business as usual".

Seven days later, and while Hamilton and a number of drivers - along with the Mercedes team in the pitlane - again took a knee at the front of the grid, there were many who were absent on this occasion. With that, the Finn retains his lead in the Driver Standings, but it's still too premature to come up with any predictions for the 2020 season yet because we are still on the second race of this year after numerous cancellations and postponements brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic, and he is only six points ahead of his teammate in the rankings. The damage to Leclerc's auto was also terminal, and it there will surely be a long debrief in the Scuderia garage that it would be wonderful to eavesdrop!

"The weather's obviously incredibly hard out there for all of us and, a lot of the time, you can't even see where you're going".

"I think in any sport, and especially in Formula 1 - it's quite a special sport, it's quite easy to doubt yourself - but for the moment I have no reason to", he said. "The Red Bull mechanics have taken a knee, but if you look at Ferrari they have thousands of people working for them, but I have heard no word of Ferrari saying that they hold themselves accountable and what they are going to do in the future. I think every driver would say it was safe enough".

"And we need the teams to do that".

When racing resumed in earnest, Hamilton began to put some distance between himself and Verstappen. "I think the vehicle in general is better than last week, so I'm looking forward to that".

Esteban Ocon took fifth for Renault as he outqualified Daniel Ricciardo at the second attempt.

Sergio Perez qualified a disappointing 17th for Racing Point just a week after qualifying sixth at the Austrian Grand prix, leading only Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Giovinazzi on the qualifying time sheet.

Charles Leclerc was the fastest Ferrari in ninth place after trialling a new front wing and new floor, the first of a series of developments scheduled to come to the auto aimed at reducing the performance shortfall it suffered at the opening race of the season. It would now be a straight fight to the flag.

But the dominance of Hamilton's first win of 2020 has already led some to wonder if "Bottas 3.0" has already peaked.

Ferrari's debacle aside, this was an ominously routine piece of dominance from Hamilton and Mercedes.

"I think overall it was a good qualifying", he said.

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