Lewis Hamilton, on Mercedes, dominates the second race of the F1 season at the Red Bull Ring. The Briton, still in the lead and at -6 from Michael Schumacher in the all-time victory standings, finished the race ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
Contact between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc after the start, with damage to both Ferraris: the German and the Monegasque were in fact forced to retire. The difficulties for Ferrari have not been solved. Indeed, in the second GP, that of Austria Styria, since returning to the track after the lockdown, it went even worse with both cars forced to retire a few laps after the start due to a family clash.
Leclerc tried to overcome the team mate with a too risky maneuver and ended up generating a contact that seems to best describe the difficulties of the Maranello team. Leclerc immediately took responsibility for what happened.
In Austria-Styria, Mercedes scored twice with Hamilton ahead of Bottas. Third, however, Max Verstappen.
The dominance of Mercedes and the problems of Ferrari
It is a jubilation for Lewis Hamilton who completes the 71 laps of the Austrian circuit without worries and wins a victory that tells a lot about the dominance imposed by Mercedes in these first few weeks of racing.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas, unlike seven days ago, has to settle for second place thus completing the perfect day for the German team which consolidates its leadership in the constructors' classification. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished third, thus redeeming the retirement seven days ago with a very solid performance.
In the last laps a real tussle was unleashed for the positions immediately below the podium with Albon, Norris, Perez and Stroll, this is the order of arrival, authors of overtaking and counter-overtaking who ignited a final full of emotions.
Formula 1 now moves to Hungary where, on 19 July, it will return to racing. Bottas remains the championship leader ahead of Hamilton and the increasingly surprising Lando Norris with his more than reliable McLaren. Leclerc remains fourth, but to get back on top, a decidedly different and more competitive Ferrari is needed.
In the first race of 2020 F1 World Championships, again in Austria, Mercedes won with Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc with his Ferrari in second place, while in third place on the podium, the Briton Lando Norris on the McLaren-Renault.
Once again, the difference in performance between Mercedes and its rivals appears very clear, both as regards Hamilto and Bottas, and as regards the superiority of the car.