Hamilton dominates, Renault improve while Ferrari struggle on a weekend of high emotion: 2020 Belgian Grand Prix Review

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium is one of THE favourite circuits for drivers and fans alike so it was great to see the race going ahead this year. Usually, it is the traditional first race back after the summer break but it was the 7th of the unusual format of the 2020 season as F1 attempts to fulfil a now confirmed 17 race calendar. F1 arrived with a new concord arrangement in place with all ten teams committed to the sport until 2025, Williams under new ownership and the final races for the year confirmed.

A year on from the tragic passing of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert, the return to Spa was always going to be an emotionally charged weekend for the paddock with so many drivers in the paddock close friends of his including Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. A minutes silence was held before each race from F1 down to F3. read more

Leclerc shines but cruelly denied victory: 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix Review

After the season opener in Australia, F1 moved to the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain for the first of three-night races in the 2019 Championship. Pre-championship favourites Ferrari arrived hoping to demonstrate pace more representative of what they showed in testing while Renault in the midfield were hoping to showcase more of their engine improvements. Ferrari showed they meant business in practice as they were immediately 0.9 seconds clear of the next quickest team in the opening session while Renault looked to be well and truly in the midfield scrap for ‘best of the rest’. However, it looked to be a mightily close battle with Haas as Romain Grosjean went 5th in the final session before Qualifying.

Charles Leclerc took his first pole position in F1. [Image from formula1.com].

Nico Hulkenberg was the surprise casualty for Renault in Q1 as both cars failed to reach the top 10 shootouts for the second race in a row this season. McLaren meanwhile got both of their cars into the session while the standout performer was Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque driver topped all three parts of Qualifying as he became the second youngest pole sitter in F1 history at the age of 21 years and 166 days. read more