Valtteri Bottas secures a much needed win as turn two causes trouble: 2020 Russian Grand Prix Review

After a two week break after the chaos of Mugello, F1 returned to action for the 10th round of 7 races in 2020 with the Russian Grand Prix from the Sochi Autodrom. There had been no driver announcements in the lead up to Sochi but an announcement from the top of F1 with Chase Carey stepping aside from his F1 chairman role. Ex-Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicalli replaces him for 2021 and personally, I think he’ll do well in the role and miss his presence in the sport after leaving the Scuderia in 2014. Curiously, we now have three ex-Ferrari bosses at the helm of F1 again: Franz Todt at the FIA, Ross Brawn and now Domenicalli.

The teams brought updates to Russia but the circuit proved difficult to master with various drivers having lap times deleted in Qualifying at turn 2. The stewards directed that if a car ran wide they had to go through the bollards to the left of the circuit in order to not gain an advantage. That was a huge talking point of the weekend as four drivers were summoned and later acquitted post-Qualifying. It was responsible for one driver crashing out on the opening lap, a virtual safety car was needed after Romain Grosjean went through them and Daniel Ricciardo picked up a five-second penalty for failing to abide by it. The stewards clearly had a busy weekend but at the podium, for the 6th time in 10 races this year it was Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas sharing the podium but not in the order we have come to expect this year. Could this be a turning point in the championship? read more

F1 2017 July Double header Preview Part Two: Britain

After the crazy action at the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan which was eventually won by Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull, the 71 lap Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring was always going to have a hard time delivering such a show. Indeed, after the opening lap, there were only 13 overtakes for position indicating the race was more of a procession than a spectacle though that is not to say the race went without incident.

The start provided a lot of action as Valtteri Bottas starting from pole position got THE perfect start off the line leaving his challengers suspicious he jumped the start. That was not the case as other drivers had strong starts while others had a nightmare. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz had slow getaways from the grid while Fernando Alonso had a great start, as did the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll. However, come to turn 1 and Daniil Kvyat locked up hard, collecting Alonso and Verstappen with him. The latter two saw their race end there and then, Kvyat was given a drive through penalty as he eventually finished last. read more