ASTON MARTIN RED BULL RACING RB16 - MAX VERSTAPPEN - 3RD PLACE STYRIAN GP 2020
Red Bull and Max Verstappen have high hopes for 2020. For the Dutchman, it was the last chance to become Formula 1's youngest ever world champion, while Red Bull were keen to get back to the top after 2013. The Austrians kept the Honda engine for this year, while the most noticeable change for the RB16 this season was the addition of a narrower nose cone, a marked departure from last year.
The epidemic caused the start of the season to be thoroughly delayed, which meant that Red Bull's home track was the venue for the start of the 2020 season. The Austrian Grand Prix didn't go well for the energy drinkers, to say the least. Verstappen retired due to a technical problem, while Albon's podium finish was torpedoed by Hamilton, leaving Red Bull without a point in their home race. The good news, however, was that a week later there was a chance to improve in the same place, only this time the race was called the Styrian Grand Prix. Verstappen had set the second fastest time in qualifying, but his joy was not to be taken lightly as he was a long way behind Hamilton, which did not bode well for the race. This proved to be the case on Sunday, when the Dutchman failed to keep pace with the defending champion and then had to fight a close battle with Bottas for second place, ultimately losing out to the much stronger Mercedes. In the end, the chequered flag waved in third place, giving the Dutchman his first podium finish of 2020.
Red Bull's Styrian Grand Prix car is brought to us by Minichamps in 1:18 scale.
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