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70th Anniversary Grand Prix – Preview, Timings and Prediciton

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Following last weekend’s dramatic finale, Formula 1 returns to Silverstone for the doubleheader for the 70th anniversary Grand Prix

 

Silverstone is set to host another weekend of racing for F1 supporters in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, following the climactic finish which saw Lewis Hamilton claim victory on three wheels.

The British driver suffered a puncture on his final lap but managed to crawl home to his seventh Silverstone victory, with Max Verstappen closing on in behind. His teammate, Valtteri Bottas, will be eager to get back on the track after disaster struck for the Finn.

Bottas was comfortably in 2nd until he also suffered a puncture with four laps to go. And after pitting, he finished in 11th, losing significant ground on Hamilton in the driver standings. The World Champion is now 30 points ahead of Bottas and looks certain to obtain his seventh championship.

 

Pirelli to provide headaches

If you thought last weekend was exciting, then Pirelli could have supplied us with another entertaining race weekend. The tyre company has issued softer tyres this weekend in an effort to spice up the action. With the scorching temperatures predicted, the durability of the softer tyres could force teams to plan a two-stop race and really question the team’s strategies.

Silverstone has also installed a new kerb at the exit of Becketts after fears over the damage being caused to tyres. Over the weekend, drivers were seen to dip into the grass when exiting Becketts and going into Chapel corner. Now, a kerb has been placed there to prevent any damage to tyres which saw teams complain about cuts in their tyres.

Alex Albon’s recovery

Red Bull and Max Verstappen, the closest challenges to Mercedes, were very unlucky to not capitalise on Hamilton’s collapse on the final lap. But will be hoping to take any advantage this weekend. Alex Albon had a weekend full of emotions, crashing in FP2, and failed to qualify for Q3 on Saturday. All before colliding with Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap on Sunday. However, the young driver pulled himself together and finished 8th, but plenty of eyes will be on Albon this weekend, who will be wishing for a quick recovery.

The Hulk to return

As the days tick by, it seems Racing Point will have to call upon Nico Hulkenberg once again. The FIA announced earlier in the season, that anyone contracts COVID-19 needs to isolate for 10 days, which would put the Mexican out of 70th anniversary Grand Prix. But Racing Point is still awaiting health protocol information ahead of any decision.

The German driver will be eager to jump back into the seat after failing to even make the starting grid on Sunday, due to the engine not starting. Hulkenberg was only recruited in a few minutes before the British GP practice session and, like me, many will be hoping he gets his opportunity on the track this weekend.

Renault and McLaren

Renault had a fantastic British GP, having both drivers in Q3 for the first time in 2020. And collected 20 points with Riccardo and Ocon finishing 4th and 6th. The French racing company are now just 10 points behind Racing Point in the constructor championship and will be hoping to push on from last weekend’s result after a mediocre start to 2020.

Just over one month ago, Lando Norris secured his first-ever podium finish and the young British driver has exceeded expectations ever since. And after finishing in 5th in his home Grand Prix, Norris currently sits 4th in the Driver standings, ahead of Charles Leclerc and Alex Albon.

Weather

Silverstone is set for a weekend of sun and cloudy weather, with the circuit reaching up to 27 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Timings

Friday

Practice Session One – 11am -12:30pm

Practice Session Two – 3pm – 4:30pm

Saturday

Practice Session Three – 10am – 11am

Qualifying – 2pm -3pm

Sunday

Race – 2:10pm

Prediction

1st – Valtteri Bottas

2nd – Max Verstappen

3rd – Lewis Hamilton

4th – Alex Albon

5th – Carlos Sainz

 

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