The first race back for F1 was always bound to be an interesting one, however this past weekend in Austria had many surprises in store that weren’t so expected. Despite these unexpected results, it was a very exciting weekend of racing and if it’s an indication of what’s to come, the remainder could spell some interesting results on the grid.
Norris on the podium – Youngster Lando Norris continues to impress in his McLaren as the brit captured his first podium finish in F1 – due to a five second penalty issued to Hamilton, Norris was able to secure third place in the race – not only this, but he also managed to secure the fastest lap time in Austria – an exciting way to start the season.
A similar fate for Albon – It seems history repeats itself as Albon had been on pace for a great finish himself, an unfortunate collision with Hamilton which had gave him the previously mentioned five second penalty will be enough to take him out of the race – the Red Bull driver was making great progress and was looking as if he’d have the pace to climb past winner Bottas, but would go on to DNF instead.
Nine DNF’s for the first race – As teams become accustomed to the changes they have too, there were certainly some teething issues out on the track. Nearly half of the racers were unable to finish as we saw a wide ranging number of issues – with any luck many of these will be figured out before the next race, but we may see some of these issues stick around for a little time to come.
Many of these results were a little unexpected for punters too – despite recent changes in gambling rules within the UK as the gamstop initiative has been granted a little more authority with a recent change that made it mandatory for all operators, sports betting sites such as these were fully prepared for the return of F1 – but the many DNF’s and penalties issued were difficult to foresee and may have left many unhappy with the results.
Austria will remain the home for F1 as the next race will take place at the Red Bull Ring as the coming weekend marks the start of the Steiermark GP, perhaps we will see a repeat of this past GP. Given no disruptions, the Hungarian GP and two british races will follow through the end of July and the start of August giving us some exciting races ahead – we have yet to see how the changes to the season could impact the grid as a whole and the next few races will be important – with any luck many of the social distancing measures placed on teams during this pandemic will be changed shortly too and will allow for teams in the garages to react a little quicker. The good news is that F1 is back, and with an exciting schedule to meet the fans desire for the sport.