Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring was very much normal service resumed, as Opmeer and Moreno locked out the front row for Mercedes. Red Bull’s Frede Rasmussen – last year’s championship runner-up – was next best, ahead of Boroumand.
There was no change of position up front in the early exchanges, and it did seem like the drivers were content to settle in ahead of a more frantic finish, but the weather changed things again.
Blakeley was the first of the front-runners to blink, pitting from fifth for new Intermediate tyres, but Opmeer, Rasmussen, and Boroumand stayed out a lap longer, with the unfortunate Moreno forced to stay out for another tour to avoid stacking the Mercedes in the pits and dropping to tenth.
Blakeley moved up to fourth despite his gamble actually losing him time to the front trio, but with no further moves at the front, the race finished with Opmeer taking a second successive win. Rasmussen came second for first trip to the 2021 podium, with Boroumand third for his first ever F1 Esports podium.
After the first round of races, it’s a familiar-looking table with Opmeer (63 points) and Mercedes (78 points) lead the way in the two championships. Blakeley sits second on 49 points, with Boroumand third on 33. Aston Martin also holds second in the teams’ table on 55 points, and defending champion Red Bull is in third on 43.