Formula One returns today!

After months of uncertainty over wether the 2020 F1 season will hold, the die is cast as the battle for who will be crowned Champion begins this weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Speilberg in Austria.

Coronavirus has played a major role in the schedule of most sporting events since March, F1 wasn’t left out as well.

Of the 23 races in a season, nine have been cancelled while seven has been postponed.

Eight races have been earmarked to host this season championship with all taking place in Europe though there were reports of more Grand Prix to be announced after Austria GP.

Practice session will begin today before qualifying race tomorrow. July 5 will be the main race.

Max Verstappen will be looking to have a hattrick of the Austrian GP, the Dutchman has won the last two races but he is more interested in emerging overall champion than just winning in Speilberg.

I would prefer to win a championship“, Verstappen said.

“I don’t really think about a hat-trick, the most important thing for me is to have a competitive car and perform at my best.

I never consider myself the favourite because when you look at the track it’s not even our best track but last year, of course, it was very warm. We were really good with keeping the engine cooling down”.

Max will be looking to break Sebastian Vettel’s record of being the youngest ever Formula One champion.
The Ferrari driver achieved this feat in 2010 at the age 23 years and 134 days .

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton can’t wait to get on back on track.

The Mercedes lead driver has described this year event as the toughest ever yet.

It will be a struggle. It’s going to be the most challenging season I think we have ever faced and will ever face”, Hamilton admitted.

If you look at previous seasons I think we have started the season perhaps not as strong as we have hoped and then we get stronger and stronger through the year.

We don’t have time for that this year, we have to hit the ground running but that’s what we live for. We exist to be confronted with challenges and face it head on.”

Sebastian Vettel will be looking to have a shot at the title in his last year at Ferrari after his contract wasn’t renewed by the Italian based constructor.

In a recent interview, Vettel says he was surprised his contract wasn’t extended.

It was obviously a surprise to me when I got the call and Mattia [Binotto, Ferrari team boss] told me there was no intention from the team to continue.

We never got into any discussions, there was never an offer on the table and therefore there was no sticking point, the four time champion said.

Carlos Sainz will want to prove a point that he is good enough to replace Vettel at Ferrari.
The 25-year old has pen a 2-year deal with Ferrari that will begin from 2021.

Second practice session already on as at the time of this report. Lewis Hamilton already emerged fastest in the first practice session.

All road leads to Austria this weekend.

Austria GP Stats For The Past 5 Years

Pole positions in last five years
2019 – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
2018 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2017 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Wins in last five years
2019 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2018 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2017 – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2016 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Podiums in last five years:
Mercedes – 5
Ferrari – 5
Red Bull – 4
Williams – 1