F1 adds inaugural Tuscan GP and Russian GP to 2020 calendar

F1 adds inaugural Tuscan GP and Russian GP to 2020 calendar

Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes limited the damage caused by Hamilton's excellence with fourth place, but it was the sort of day to remind the Finn just what he is up against in his attempts to realise his ambition to beat his team-mate to the world title this year.

Giles Richards's report to follow ...

Italy's spectacular Mugello circuit will host a Grand Prix for the very first time in September, as Formula 1 announced the Tuscan Grand Prix and the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi have been added to the revised 2020 race calendar.

The 20-year-old Norris finished third at the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, becoming the youngest British driver in F1 history to get on the podium and third youngest in F1.

The first-ever Styrian Grand Prix has been marred by torrential rain today, with qualifying looking unlikely after the third practice session was cancelled.

Weather radar was undoubtedly the main protagonist in the classification of the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix. "I think in the dry we can have a good shot at it", said Verstappen, a two times victor in Austria.

His dramatic demonstration of supreme skill and speed on a wet track at the Red Bull Ring increased his record total of pole positions to 89.

In the meantime, securing pole position was the target for Saturday, having lost out to Bottas a week ago at the same venue and then suffering a grid penalty. In the end, Hamilton will start first after clearing Verstappen by a massive 1.2 seconds!

The weather at the Red Bull Ring is expected to improve drastically overnight and Verstappen has predicted a close race might just be on the cards.

A Sunday qualifying last happened in F1 before the Japanese Grand Prix last season.

"I don't feel like I need to re-focus on the championship", said the six-time world champion. It took me two to three laps to generate the temperature and at the end I was coming on a good lap but then the red flag stopped that lap.

"I was advised from outside, from someone in the States who was really quite high up, that it wasn't the time for me to be doing so", Hamilton explained.

Hamilton was already 0.787secs clear of the field as he headed into the final lap of the session but he pulled out another huge performance on his final lap to take another half-second off his own best time.

"There will be a slightly different atmosphere this weekend because we know the track and the vehicle, nothing has really changed from the last race, so it will just be about fine tuning things and working on the areas in the auto Max [Verstappen] and I have been talking about".

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