Get up to date with all the action from the first few races of the new 2020 Formula 1 season.
The Formula 1 season finally got underway in early July, treating fans to a triple header with two races in Austria and one in Hungary. Valtteri Bottas took pole position in the first race of the season with fellow teammate Lewis Hamilton demoted to starting from fifth after the qualifying session. The Mercedes team showed their strength with Bottas becoming the first F1 race winner of 2020, and McLaren’s Lando Norris gaining his first podium finishing in third place.
Back at the Red Bull ring for a second week it was Hamilton who was on the top step of the podium, a trend he carried through to the Grand Prix in Hungary. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was not far behind the Mercedes duo as usual with a third-place finish in Austria and a second place in Hungary.
The triple headers have been a great test of the endurance of both the teams and the drivers with three back to back race weekends. We saw some brilliant performances from drivers such as Charles LeClerc out-performing his Ferarri teammate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen close on the tail of Lewis Hamilton. The season start has also been a good one for McLaren as they get closer to battling the top teams and currently sit in third place in the constructors' championship.
After the first triple header the teams came back and we saw the first race of the season at Silverstone, the home crowd may not have been there to cheer on Lewis Hamilton but he still put on a brilliant performance on race day. Despite severe tyre damage on the final lap of the race, and Max Verstappen gaining on him fast, Hamilton managed to bring the car home to gain his seventh victory at the British GP. With this win Hamilton set a new record for the most wins by a driver at their home event.
The question is will Silverstone serve up another dramatic race weekend? Lewis Hamilton will be looking for an eighth victory but he will need to fend off the young drivers in the Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren in order to take that top step on the podium and gain a back to back victory.
After Silverstone the teams will move on to Barcelona followed by Belgium and Italy. F1 fans will also be treated to some new but familiar tracks this season with the return of Mugello in italy, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal and the iconic race track of the Nurburgring.