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After such an enthralling first chapter of the 2020 Formula One world championship, the Red Bull Ring again offers its stunning views for the Grand Prix of Steiermark. Join us at 11:00pm (AEST) on The Roar for live blog coverage.
Despite having already raced here only a week ago, conditions are vastly different to what they were on the Austrian Grand Prix weekend and teams have more data available to improve where they were lacking.
A talking point from the last race was the gearbox sensor issues that plagued Mercedes’ race, despite Valtteri Bottas taking the win. From what we’ve seen in practice thus far this weekend, the Silver Arrows still are running very cautiously.
Lewis Hamilton, whose Austrian weekend was far from ideal with multiple penalties, still hasn’t found his groove yet with the W11 Hybrid at this circuit, opening up the possibility for the likes of Bottas to gain the upper hand in the championship.
The six-time world champion starts from pole position from an extremely wet qualifying session. Bottas will only start from fourth on the grid, though in the dry conditions, Mercedes still have the best race pace.
Max Verstappen is best placed to challenge the reigning world champion from the front row, having qualified second. He will be hoping to make up for the lost ground from the first race a week ago.
In the battle of the midfield, Carlos Sainz’s heroics to put McLaren third in qualifying in the wet may go a long way against their rivals in Racing Point and Renault. The podium sitter from the last race in Lando Norris will take a three-place grid penalty for overtaking a car under yellow flags during the first practice session.
Even though Ferrari have fast-tracked some of their upgrades to this race, the wet weather challenged both their drivers and saw Charles Leclerc eliminated in 11th. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was only tenth fastest.
In the dry, Mercedes again look like the unstoppable force and with Hamilton having pole position, he will want to get one back over Bottas. But with the gearbox sensor issues still looming, there are other cars looming to capitalise behind the world champions.
So join us again at 11:00pm (AEST) on The Roar for live blog coverage at the same track for what should be a very different Grand Prix of Steiermark.
Start: 11.00pm (AEST)
Venue: Red Bull Ring