The Formula 1 calendar, just like most other international sporting events across the world has had to make major changes amid the disruption caused the COVID-19 pandemic. F1’s organiser in trying to salvage the season with the remaining weekends of the year, and also in trying to do it as safely as possible for all involved, has elected to run back-to-back races ta certain venues while cancelling other to quicken the logistics exercise between races.
Unfortunately, this has meant we won’t enjoy the Australian, Singaporean, Dutch (returns after 35 years), Japanese, and French Grand Prix, as well as the hallowed Monaco GP. A few others – such as the Chinese, Canadian, and first-ever Vietnamese GP have had yet to be rescheduled due to the outbreak.
With that said, if you were fortunate enough to catch the firecracker of a season opener at last weekend’s Austrian GP which ended with the youngest Brit to ever step onto a Formula 1 podium; beating the current record holder (and defending F1 World champion) by just 0.2 seconds in a sensational two laps thrash to the finish line. You’d think there is much more to expect from the remainder of the 2020 season.
The best part is they are going to do it all over again this weekend.
With McLaren and Red Bull seemingly taking the fight to Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari bringing forward a host of upgrades in the upcoming races, it’s all to play for in 2020. Despite its earlier challenges, the 2020 season could be one of the closest and most spectacular seasons given its short timeframe and far-more levelled playing field than in previous years. We say bring it on!
Oh, and if you were wondering how just how scintillating young Lando Norris’s last 2 laps were, pushing both his car and himself to chase down the current F1 World Champion, here’s some epic onboard footage.