Lando Norris Opens 2020 Season With Debut Victory

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime
147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:26.534
26Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:26.704
357Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:26.736
414Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:26.827
518Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:27.101
617Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:27.116
71Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:27.363
896Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:27.500
955Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:27.668
1035Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:27.810
1133Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:28.241
1256Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:28.250
133Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:28.404
1499Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:28.493
1573Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:28.556
1611James James DaviesToyota1:28.844
1764Dave CassidyFerrari1:28.999
1894Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:29.201
1910Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:29.407
207Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:29.624
2132Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:29.626
2222Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:29.811
2319Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:30.273
2498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:30.633

Report:

Lando Norris on his way to etch his name into F1 history by winning his very first Grand Prix.

After a winter that seemed to last an eternity, our favorite sport has returned: Formula One is back and better than ever. Starting a new era at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, this venue saw the very first professional race using hydrogen-powered vehicles and the new technology proved to be a major success.

Of the 24 cars that started this season opener, 18 saw the finishing line, which is a great number for nearly unproven motors. With new technology comes a new order on the grid and teams like Williams and BR Mansell, who both had two drivers end up scoring points in the end, profited strongly from it.

Of course some teams were struggling for performance, as Pastor Maldonado had an anonymous first race with car number 1 before retiring. Toyota’s return to F1 proved mediocre and Theodore were not able to disprove the pessimistic predictions of F1 experts after their poor pre-season testing performance.

All of that proved but a mere distraction for Lando Norris, who has been challenged with one of the toughest jobs on the grid: replacing multiple-times world champion Lewis Hamilton. He mastered that job on his first outing, scoring a controlling, legendary debut victory after Artem Markelov’s strategy did not work out.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd53:10.24715
217Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+5.41112
314Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+8.03410
464Dave CassidyFerrari+10.3258
557Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+13.4226
655Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari+18.9685
76Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+19.3214
83Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari+22.6273
918Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+22.8662
1035Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+27.0121
117Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+32.5320
1256Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd+34.8800
1399Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+38.6800
1411James James DaviesToyota+43.7170
1594Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd+46.1660
1632Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd+49.3610
1719Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari+54.8280
1896Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+57.1310
DNF73Daniel MelroseRed Bull-FerrariAccident0
DNF33Salvatore MiccoliFerrariThrottle0
DNF1Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddPuncture0
DNF98Bradley DagnallTheodore-FerrariAccident0
DNF10Pierre GaslyDawson-JuddCollision0
DNF22Kazuki NakajimaToyotaTransmission0

Fastest Lap:

Charles Leclerc – 1:29.879

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Dave Cassidy – turned his qualifying outing into a great result to open the year.

Reject Of The Race:

Daniel Melrose – always a shame to retire from your home race like he did.