With a ghost race in Austria, formula 1 starts on Sunday (15:10 clock) four months later than planned in its 71. season.
In emergency operation with a strict hygiene concept, the race series still wants to save its WM year, for the first time in history Styria hosts the start. As the favourites once again the Mercedes pilots enter the race, it could become bitter for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel.
BLACK POWER: As a signal for more diversity and against discrimination the silver arrow is painted black this year. After the first rounds in Spielberg, the competition is indeed black. I’m surprised at the distance from the other teams. The strength of this team is impressive,”said Valtteri Bottas after his trip to the pole position on Saturday.
Finnish and world champion Lewis Hamilton were almost half a second faster than the third Max Capture. The world is on the short lap in Austria. This team shows each year what it is capable of and we set new standards again and again,”said Hamilton.
NULL ORANGE: At other times the red bull ring was firmly in Dutch hands. The “Orange Army” threw a party in the stands, Max Verstappen raced 2018 and 2019 to win. This time the 22-year-old has to get along without his celebratory fans. Understand hopes for the strategy, starts with harder tires than the Mercedes duo in front of him.” It will get warmer, that should be an advantage for us,”said the Red Bull Jungstar.
ROTE NOT: These are hard times for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari. The relationship ends and the hope for a successful farewell tour of Hesse drops. As an eleven in the qualification, the chances of a top spot for the 33-year-old are pretty slim.” Our car was not fast enough, the balance was not ideal,”complained Vettel.
Remarkable: All six cars in the field with Ferrari engine were significantly slower than in the previous year. This does not inspire much courage, even if Vettel’s squad car is overtaken in Hungary in two weeks’time. After all, the Hesse has free choice of tyres in Spielberg and could make up places through tactics.
BUNTE SIGNALE: Before starting, drivers want to fight for more diversity and against racism. All 20-year-olds will probably be wearing T-shirts with the message “End Racism.” To do this, everyone has the opportunity to set their own signs. It is still unclear whether all drivers are really showing the kneecap like many athletes around the world before.
“I do not know what we will see. Presumably people who show their own respect,”said Lewis Hamilton, who had repeatedly expressed his position with political statements in Corona break.