British racing ace Lewis Hamilton secured his 85th F1 victory at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, the second race of the round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship took place on 12th July at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. After finishing fourth in the inaugural Austrian GP on 5th July, this was Hamilton’s first win of the current season.
Lewis Hamilton wins his first race of the 2020 season
On the heels of a stunning pole position in heavy rain on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton finished the race with a time of 1:22:50.683. The six time world champion’s teammate and winner of Austrian GP Valtteri Bottas came second being 13.719 seconds behind, giving the Mercedes Team a solid one two victory, their first time in Austria in the last five years.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished the race third, clocking 33.698 seconds behind Hamilton, and his teammate Alexander Albon came fourth at +44.400.
Unfortunately, the race was a disaster for the Ferrari team, as Charles Leclerc collided with his teammate Sebastian Vettel at the third turn of the opening lap.
Below here is the full result of the Styrian GP, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of F1.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 12, 2020
“It’s great to be back up here and thanks to the team,” Hamilton said after the race, “This feels like it has been a long time coming after a difficult weekend last time.”
With 25 clean points from yesterday’s race, the 35 year old is second on the championship standing with 37 points in total, 6 points behind his Finnish teammate Bottas at the top.
Following the race, Leclerc issued an apology to Vettel and his team for the collision.
“I am disappointed in myself. I’m sorry but being sorry is not enough. Seb hasn’t got any faults today. I’ve let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it,” the 22 year old Monégasque tweeted yesterday.
I am disappointed in myself. I'm sorry but being sorry is not enough. Seb hasn't got any faults today. I've let the team down after them working a whole week to bring the updates early. Too eager to gain those places in the first lap. I will learn from it.
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) July 12, 2020
Mercedes now leads the team standings with 80 points, a whopping 41 point ahead of both McLaren and Renault tied in second spot.
The third race of the current season will take place at the Hungarian Grand Prix in in Mogyoród, Hungary on 19th July.