We review the Styrian Grand Prix, the Everybody Loves Raymond of F1 races, and analyse Fernando Alonso’s Renault reunion, the Hey Hey It’s Saturday of F1 returns.

I review the action from the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix with Laurence Edmondson from ESPN.

F1 is back, and we talk about dominant Mercedes, good old Ferrari, how to throw out old cassette tapes at the tip and keeping up piss fitness.

I review the action from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix with Stuart Codling from GP Racing.

Mercedes may have a new all-black livery, but its superiority over the field remains stubbornly unchanged, as Valtteri Bottas’s dominant pole so aptly illustrated at the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

Not even a trip through the gravel and a clumsy spin on the grass in his second run could keep Bottas from pole and a new track record with a time of 1 minute 2.939 seconds. It was enough to pip teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.012 seconds.

The margin between the quickest Mercedes and the next-best car, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, was a foreboding 0.538 seconds. The Dutchman said the gap was exacerbated by balance problems aboard his RB16, but even was forced to admit the Mercedes is simply in a different league.

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Nate Saunders from ESPN joins us to wrap up 18 weeks of F1 post-preseason and preview the first post-COVID Austrian Grand Prix. We also talk more about the name Dennis.

F1 is saved by a ripper Austrian GP, so we can all stop pretending we don’t watch the races anymore. Michael has lunch at a truck stop. Rob uncovers more from The Warmup Lap archives.


The Austrian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features Crash.net F1 editor Luke Smith.Continue reading

It was hard to find anyone saying anything positive at all about Formula One in the days between the French and Austrian grands prix, but that self-sustaining veil of negativity was sensationally lifted thanks to a cracking race in Spielberg at the weekend.

Max Verstappen points to the Honda logo on his overalls from the Austrian GP podium.

Max Verstappen has recovered from a horror first lap to beat Charles Leclerc in a sensational duel for victory in a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix.Continue reading

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Charles Leclerc after qualifying in Austria

When does two plus three equal four? Only in Formula One when deciding grid penalties.Continue reading

Charles Leclerc puts on his helmet

Charles Leclerc stormed to pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix, comfortably beating Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and unchallenged by teammate Sebastian Vettel, whose Q3 was cruelled by a power unit problem.Continue reading

Charles Leclerc after taking pole in Austria.

Charles Leclerc has captured his second career pole position in a dominant qualifying performance at the Austrian Grand Prix after Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel withdrew from the session with engine trouble.Continue reading

Charles Leclerc on track at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc has topped the practice time sheet at the Austrian Grand Prix after a chaotic afternoon of crashes and carnage.Continue reading

Daniel Ricciardo in his Renault

Daniel Ricciardo has vented his frustration about the state of racing in Formula One after being demoted to 11th at the French Grand Prix with the application of two post-race time penalties.Continue reading

Pierre Gasly at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Pierre Gasly says no-one at Red Bull Racing is satisfied with his lacklustre start at the team, but the Frenchman insists he isn’t worried about losing his seat.Continue reading

Football’s coming home, Eric Boullier is told to go home, Michael is still away from home and is Formula One looking for a new British home?

Bold were those who picked Max Verstappen to win the Austrian Grand Prix, but bolder still were those who forecast he would get there thanks to Mercedes unreliability and miscalculation.Continue reading