Finally, Formula 1 is back. After a seven-month wait thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the latest racing chapter in the championship's history is underway. The opening practice sessions for this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix are in the books.
Little had changed on the driver line-up front over the extended off-season, with just Nicholas Latifi replacing Robert Kubica at Williams and Esteban Ocon taking Nico Hulkenberg's Renault seat the only differences. And based on the headline results of the first two of four 2020 Friday practice sessions at the Red Bull Ring, little has changed in the form at the front of the grid. Mercedes is still the benchmark, and by some margin.
But, digging into the times after Lewis Hamilton topped FP2 on Friday afternoon and with the usual caveats all applying, there is a fascinating scrap behind, which could yet cause the six-time world champion squad, resplendent in its new colour scheme, a headache.