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The Austrian GP is the first eight confirmed races in F1 2020 – but who scored the most points in those events last year?

Last Updated: 01/07/20 6:09pm

The 2020 Formula 1 season starts this weekend, with a much-anticipated Austrian GP the first of eight confirmed races this summer. But who scored the most points in the corresponding Grands Prix last year?

We’ve looked at the form guide ahead the 2020 season, which is starting with eight races on six tracks, and is set to be adding plenty more to its calendar in the coming weeks…

All dates below show the confirmed 2020 schedule so far, from Friday’s practice until race day on Sunday.

JULY 3-5: AUSTRIAN GP

What happened in 2019?
With Mercedes struggling in the heat, the field opened up and it an enthralling race finished with a wheel-to-wheel battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Verstappen nudged Leclerc to the outside with three laps remaining to take a superb, yet controversial, victory.

2019 Austrian GP: Verstappen wins Leclerc battle

Driver Points Team points
1. Max Verstappen 26 Red Bull: 32
2. Charles Leclerc 18 Ferrari: 30
3. Valtteri Bottas 15 Mercedes: 25
4. Sebastian Vettel 12 McLaren: 12
5. Lewis Hamilton 10 Alfa Romeo: 3
6. Lando Norris 8
7. Pierre Gasly 6
8. Carlos Sainz 4
9. Kimi Raikkonen 2
10: Antonio Giovinazzi 1

JULY 10-12: STYRIAN GP

What happened in 2019?
As there are two races at the Spielberg track, the results above would stand for this one when it comes to the final points tally at the bottom of the article.

JULY 17-19: HUNGARIAN GP

What happened in 2019?
Verstappen sealed his first F1 pole, ahead of Hamilton, in Hungary – but the soon-to-be six-time world champion got his own back in the race as Mercedes executed a masterful undercut after struggling to get ahead of the Red Bull.

2019 Hungarian GP: Hamilton outfoxes Verstappen

Driver Points Team points
1. Lewis Hamilton 25 Mercedes: 29
2. Max Verstappen 19 Red Bull: 27
3. Sebastian Vettel 15 Ferrari: 27
4. Charles Leclerc 12 McLaren: 12
5. Carlos Sainz 10 Alfa Romeo: 6
6. Pierre Gasly 8 Toro Rosso: 1
7. Kimi Raikkonen 6
8. Valtteri Bottas 4
9. Lando Norris 2
10. Alex Albon 1

JULY 31-AUGUST 2: BRITISH GP

What happened in 2019?
A walk in the Silverstone park for Mercedes, although it looked like it was going to be pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas who would control the race rather than home favourite Hamilton. But an early Safety Car played right into Hamilton’s hands, and he took a sixth British GP victory.

2019 British GP: Hamilton & Merc dominate

Driver Points Team points
1. Lewis Hamilton 26 Mercedes: 44
2. Valtteri Bottas 18 Red Bull: 22
3. Charles Leclerc 15 Ferrari: 15
4. Pierre Gasly 12 McLaren: 8
5. Max Verstappen 10 Renault: 7
6. Carlos Sainz 8 Alfa Romeo: 4
7. Daniel Ricciardo 6 Toro Rosso: 2
8. Kimi Raikkonen 4
9. Daniil Kvyat 2
10. Nico Hulkenberg 1

AUGUST 7-9: 70th ANNIVERSARY GP

What happened in 2019?
Silverstone is another track which is hosting two races this year.

AUGUST 14-16: SPANISH GP

What happened in 2019?
The host of testing, Mercedes dominated the race with Hamilton and Bottas comfortably ahead of nearest challenger Verstappen – while Ferrari’s team orders were called into question.

2019 Spanish GP: Another perfect weekend for Hamilton

Driver Points Team points
1. Lewis Hamilton 26 Mercedes: 44
2. Valtteri Bottas 18 Red Bull: 23
3. Max Verstappen 15 Ferrari: 22
4. Sebastian Vettel 12 Haas: 7
5. Charles Leclerc 10 McLaren: 4
6. Pierre Gasly 8 Toro Rosso: 2
7. Kevin Magnussen 6
8. Carlos Sainz 4
9. Daniil Kvyat 2
10. Romain Grosjean 1

AUGUST 28-30: BELGIAN GP

What happened in 2019?
A first Formula 1 victory for Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque converted pole into victory, despite Hamilton’s best efforts, while Verstappen suffered a blow when crashing out at the start. New team-mate Alex Albon made his mark for Red Bull with a fine recovery drive.

2019 Belgian GP: Leclerc seals first F1 win

Driver Points Team points
1. Charles Leclerc 25 Ferrari: 38
2. Lewis Hamilton 18 Mercedes: 33
3. Valtteri Bottas 15 Red Bull: 10
4. Sebastian Vettel 13 Racing Point: 9
5. Alex Albon 10 Toro Rosso: 8
6. Sergio Perez 8 Renault: 4
7. Daniil Kvyat 6
8. Nico Hulkenberg 4
9. Pierre Gasly 2
10. Lance Stroll 1

SEPTEMBER 2-4: ITALIAN GP

What happened in 2019?
Make that two for Leclerc. Again, Hamilton pushed him all the way – even appearing to get ahead before being forced onto the run-off area by the feisty Ferrari star – but Leclerc hung on in front of the Tifosi. Verstappen had engine penalties and struggled somewhat to make ground.

2019 Italian GP: Leclerc beats Hamilton to delight Tifosi

Driver Points Team points
1. Charles Leclerc 25 Mercedes: 34
2. Lewis Hamilton 18 Ferrari: 25
3. Valtteri Bottas 16 Renault: 22
4. Daniel Ricciardo 12 Red Bull: 12
5. Nico Hulkenberg 10 Racing Point: 6
6. Alex Albon 8 Alfa Romeo: 2
7. Sergio Perez 6 McLaren: 1
8. Max Verstappen 4
9. Antonio Giovinazzi 2
10. Lando Norris 1

Who scored the most points?

Surprise, surprise: The 2019 world champion scored the most points in the races so far confirmed in 2020.

F1’s first eight races: Top 2019 points scorers

Driver points (top 10) Team points
1. Lewis Hamilton: 159 1. Mercedes: 278
2. Charles Leclerc: 138 2. Ferrari: 202
3. Valtteri Bottas: 119 3. Red Bull: 180
4: Max Verstappen: 110 4, McLaren: 57
5. Sebastian Vettel: 64 5. Renault: 40
6. Pierre Gasly: 54 6. Alfa Romeo: 22
7. Carlos Sainz: 38 7. Racing Point: 15
8. Daniel Ricciardo: 24 8. Toro Rosso: 15
9. Alex Albon: 19 9. Haas: 7
10. Lando Norris: 19 10. Williams: 0

But Leclerc was also impressive for Ferrari – with two victories to Hamilton’s three.

While Verstappen would have been much higher up the final standings if not for heavily-compromised Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.

What will happen this year? We’re about to find out…

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