Mercedes inflicted a comprehensive defeat to Red Bull on home turf in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix, as it scored a second consecutive win with Lewis Hamilton. Now the real work starts at Milton Keynes to ensure it doesn’t become a theme of 2020
Two races into the 2020 season and Mercedes has levelled the score at the Red Bull Ring. Max Verstappen had given the home team the glory in the last two ‘normal’ seasons but, in this year without precedent, Mercedes has struck back mightily – with the score since 2018 now 2-2. Since 2014, when the Austrian track rejoined the Formula 1 calendar after a decade’s absence it is actually 6-2. The more you look, the worse it gets for Red Bull and that was the main takeaway from the first Styrian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was triumphant for the first time in 2020, hitting back after his season opener had gone awry. With Verstappen starting alongside him – and any hope of strategic tyre variation between F1’s two leading squads removed by the thrilling wet-weather qualifying session – this was another chance to see exactly how they measure up.
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