The continuing trends that should sustain F1's title fight at the Styrian GP
A year on from Formula 1's Austria double-header, the championship returns to the Red Bull Ring for the Styrian Grand Prix. Last year's race set the tone for Mercedes' continued dominance, but this year's offering so far leans into the current trends of a battle royale between F1's frontguard teams...
Almost a year ago, Formula 1 headed to Austria for its delayed 2020 season opener at the Red Bull Ring.
Many months earlier, in a pretty much pre-COVID lifetime, Mercedes had dominated testing, but needed the delays of the initial social lockdowns in Europe to fix a pretty major engine reliability problem. Across the first two races of that campaign, the season’s initial trends were revealed, but when F1 departed for Hungary the pecking order picture was inevitably incomplete at that stage.
For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...
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