2020 Austrian Grand Prix

FORMULA 1 MYWORLD GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2020

2020 Austrian GPThe 2020 Austrian Grand Prix is known as the Formula 1 Eyetime Großer Preis von Österreich 2020 is scheduled to be held on 5th July 2020. This is at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, which will be contested over seventy-one laps. It will be the ninth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. Plus this will mark the 33rd running of the Austrian Grand Prix. This is also the 32nd time it has been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the series inception in 1950.

In 1995 and 1996, the Österreichring was refurbished and brought up to date, which allowed the race to run again in 1997. The larger portion of the modernised track, which was renamed A1-Ring after a sponsor, is located on the municipal territory of Spielberg. Spielberg is now given as the site of the Grand Prix.

The whole layout was redesigned by Hermann Tilke, and the track lost all of its long, sweeping corners. This was aside from the Texaco Bends which were made shorter and slower. Plus the Hella-Licht chicane, Flatschach. The Dr. Tiroch curve and the first half of the backstretch run up to where the Bosch-Kurve was taken out.

This was then replaced with a bypass that went directly to the second half of the fast, uphill backstretch. It was a mainstay on the calendar until hosting its final race in 2003.

Red Bull Ring

In July 2013, it was reported that the circuit’s new owners Red Bull GmbH had reached an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone. This was to revive the Austrian Grand Prix after a ten-year absence from the calendar.

The race was given a provisional date of July 2014. And on 6 December, the officially released calendar included the Austrian Grand Prix on it. This is where all Grand Prix are run including the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix.

McLaren have win the race 6 times with Ferrari 5 times.

Aside from how punishing the Red Bull Ring can be, it also has provided some excellent on-track battles in the past. Just last season, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel went wheel-to-wheel. Then before that Hamilton also had a dramatic fight with his former team-mate Nico Rosberg on the final lap in 2016.

2017 Austrian GP

The race was won by Valtteri Bottas Mercedes from Sebastian Vettel Ferrari. So Ferrari  driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round as the championship leader. He came with a 14-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton, and extended it to 20 points.

Mercedes led Ferrari by 24 points in the Constructors’ standings at the start of the round. The win extended it to 33 points.

2018 Austrian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton entered the round with a fourteen-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship. In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes held a twenty-five-point lead over Ferrari.

The race was won by Max Verstappen for Red Bull. This marked the first time that Red Bull has won at their home Grand Prix. This race also marked the first double retirement for Mercedes since the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix. Also the first retirement for Hamilton since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

2019 Austrian Grand Prix

This season continues with the first back-to-back race weekends of 2019, as the teams head straight from France to the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix.

See how Mercedes come out in Qualifying for the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc is on pole from Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen 3rd, so will Ferrari win this race. Sebastian is 9th with a problem in qualifying.

However the stewards gave Lewis a 3 place penalty due to an incident with Kimi Raikkonen.

Race

After Charles led from the start he was passed by Max only 2 laps from the end, so Max Verstappen won the race for the 2nd copnsecutive race for Red Bull.

2020 Austrian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas starts Sunday’s race on pole position, having pipped team mate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton to top spot on the grid, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – who won this race last year – starting third.

However see below……

Breaking News

There was drama less than an hour before the Austrian Grand Prix kicks off, as stewards handed reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton a three-place grid penalty. Upon review, held at the 11th hour after a Red Bull request, the Mercedes driver was found to have failed to slow for yellow flags during qualifying, dropping him to fifth on the grid and promoting Max Verstappen to P2.

Hamilton was called to the stewards on Saturday when it appeared he did not slow for yellow flags after his team mate Valtteri Bottas went off track in the third part of the session – but after reviewing the footage, the Briton was cleared of any wrongdoing and kept his second place.

But on Sunday, Red Bull – whose driver Max Verstappen qualified third – requested a review of the decision, with Hamilton summoned to the stewards one hour and 25 minutes before the race start.

Verstappen gets promoted up to the front-row for the race

The stewards then revealed that new onboard video evidence had emerged, which shows “clearly” that Hamilton drove by a yellow flag signal and failed to slow.

“Following a petition to review decision 33 taken after Qualifying, the Stewards acknowledged that the on-board footage of car 44 represents a significant new element that had not been available to the Stewards in the hearing on Saturday and therefore reviewed the case,” said the stewards.

“The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 44 (Lewis Hamilton) and the team representative and have reviewed the new video evidence and telemetry evidences.

“The new video footage clearly shows that a yellow light panel was flashing on the left side of the track in turn 5. A green light panel was flashing at the end of marshalling sector 9. Taking into account these facts, the Stewards determine that decision 33 will be reversed and the above mentioned penalty is being imposed.”

They added: “During the initial hearing, no on-board video footage of car 44 was available to the Stewards. Aston Martin Red Bull submitted 360 degree camera footage from car 44 including the passage of car 44 through the relevant section of the track.”

The Race

Lewis Hamilton entered the round as the defending World Drivers’ Champion and his team, Mercedes as the defending World Constructors’ Champion. Max Verstappen was the defending race winner, having won the 2018 and 2019 Austrian Grands Prix.

The race was won by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas with Charles Leclerc in second for Ferrari and Lando Norris finishing third for McLaren – his first podium in Formula One. Norris became the 3rd youngest driver ever to finish on the podium. Near the fnail laps Hamilton received a five-second time penalty, having been judged by the stewards to have caused the earlier collision with Albon

Valtteri Bottas crossed the line, having led every lap of the race, to take the eighth win of his Formula One career and his second win at the Austrian Grand Prix, having won the 2017 edition. Hamilton crossed the line second, but Leclerc took second after Hamilton’s penalty was applied.

On the final lap, Norris set the fastest lap of the race to close to within five seconds of Hamilton and claim his first podium finish in third. Hamilton was classified fourth and Sainz fifth.

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