Following his pole position on Saturday, Hamilton enjoyed a comfortable win in the inaugural Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday. This was Hamilton’s 85th Grand Prix win which helped put away the disappointment of missing out on the podium in last week’s Austrian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen who bravely hung on to 2nd place for most of the race, was overtaken by Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas with just 4 laps to go.
Ferrari’s woes continued when Charles Leclerc lost control of his car into Turn 3 of the very first lap and collided with his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. Vettel’s rear wing suffered severe damage which led to both cars being forced to retire from the race.
With one lap to go in the race, Sergio Perez’ overtaking manoeuvre against Alexandre Albon led to Perez’suffering damage to his front wing which would then later lead to a photo finish. The last lap was action-packed. Stroll went past Ricciardo at turn 3 with Norris also moving ahead of Ricciardo during this battle for 6th. Norris then with the help of DRS nabbed in front of Stroll going into turn 4 before going past the limping Perez into Turn 10. Sergio Perez then managed to hold onto 6th place in a photo-finish just edging out Stroll in 7th followed by Ricciardo in 8th.
Post-race Hamilton said, “What a weird year it is. It’s great to be back out here and to be driving and driving with this kind of performance. The team did a fantastic job with the strategy and it was just up to me to keep it together, keep off the kerbs and bring it home. I’m so grateful to be back in first place and honestly it feels like a long time coming since the last race last year. To come back this year after a difficult first weekend last week, this is a great step forward”
Hamilton will be looking to replicate his performance in the next leg which will be held in Budapest and Hungaroring for leg 3 of the 2020 Formula 1 season.