Lewis Hamilton bounced back in magnificent style, claiming his 89th pole position in treacherous conditions by just over 1.2 seconds, before going on to win the inaugural Styrian Grand Prix for Mercedes, the 85th win of his career, his 152nd podium, to move himself within six of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race victories, and within three of his record of most podiums in Formula One of 155.
However, despite Hamilton’s victory at the Styrian Grand Prix, it is his teammate Valtteri Bottas who leads the championship as we head into the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Round Three of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Bottas (43 points) leads the world championship by six points over Hamilton (37 points) after finishing second at the Styrian Grand Prix, passing Max Verstappen with about five laps to go to finish 13.719 seconds behind Hamilton.
Lando Norris (26 points) is still third in the standings for McLaren-Renault after finishing an impressive fifth at the Red Bull Ring after starting ninth on the grid after receiving a three-place grid penalty for overtaking under yellow flags in the first practice session.
Charles Leclerc (18 points) is still fourth in the championship for Ferrari, but his second-place finish at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix is now very much a distant memory after colliding at Turn Three on the opening lap with his teammate Sebastian Vettel, forcing both Ferrari’s to retire from the Styrian Grand Prix, the first two retirements of the Styrian Grand Prix.
Right now, Ferrari are not in a good place right now, most likely the fifth-fastest car on the grid, and the updates that they brought to their car last week didn’t seem to work. They will be hoping that they perform much better at the Hungaroring this weekend.
Sergio Pérez (16 points) is a strong fifth in the world championship for Racing Point-BWT Mercedes after finishing sixth in both of the first two races, but you feel like given the speed they have shown during the opening two race weekends that Racing Point-BWT Mercedes should be better-placed than what they are right now, so it is going to be interesting to see if they can take the battle to Mercedes and Red Bull Racing-Honda on a consistent basis throughout the course of 2020.
Max Verstappen (15 points) is up into sixth in the championship for Red Bull Racing-Honda after finishing third behind the two Mercedes at the Red Bull Ring to grab a much-needed 15 points after his retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix.
You feel that this weekend is huge for both Verstappen and Red Bull Racing-Honda in Hungary. If Verstappen is able to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, it could be a three-way fight for the 2020 world championship, but if he finishes behind the two Mercedes again this weekend, then Mercedes could run away with this condensed and shortened world championship!
Behind the Top Six, Carlos Sainz Jr. (13 points) is seventh in the standings for McLaren-Renault, followed by Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon (12 points) in eighth after Albon finished a distant fourth at the Styrian Grand Prix, with Pierre Gasly (six points) for AlphaTauri-Honda, and Lance Stroll (six points) for Racing Point-BWT Mercedes completing the Top 10 in the world championship.
As far as the Constructors’ Championship is concerned, Mercedes (80 points) lead by 41 points over McLaren-Renault (39 points), with Red Bull Racing-Honda (27 points) a further 12 points behind, followed by Racing Point-BWT Mercedes (22 points), Ferrari (19 points), Renault (eight points), AlphaTauri-Honda (seven points), and Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari (two points), with both Williams-Mercedes (zero points), and Haas-Ferrari (zero points) still yet to get off the mark!
So, who is going to win the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix?
Although Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing-Honda produced a great race with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes last year at the Hungaroring, I feel that Red Bull Racing-Honda don’t have the same speed as they had last year, compared to the Mercedes, and I think the master of the Hungaroring, Lewis Hamilton, is going to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time!