2020 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Preview

Having taken a week off Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 are all due to return to action this weekend at Silverstone for the first of two races to be held at the circuit.

Formula 3

Heading into the first Silverstone weekend Oscar Piastri leads the drivers’ championship ahead of fellow Prema Racing driver Logan Sargeant with Theo Pourchaire in third.

Piastri has scored points in all six races to date while Sargeant has finished inside the points in five races and Pourchaire in four. Yet despite this Pourchaire has racked up the most wins (2) compared to Piastri’s one and Sargeant’s zero.

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Not far behind Pourchaire in the championship is David Beckmann who has been impressive in the early part of the season considering he received a late call up to compete in the series. He goes to Silverstone having won the last race that Formula 3 contested, the Hungarian Grand Prix sprint race, and due to the half points feature race at the Styrian Grand Prix he is only half a point behind Pourchaire in the championship.

One to watch over the weekend is Bent Viscaal who impressed during the two races held at the Hungarian Grand Prix, managing to secure his first podium finish in the series in the feature race before being cruelly denied another podium, and potential win, in the sprint race after receiving two 5 second penalties and having a near 10 second advantage wiped out by a late safety car.

Formula 2

Robert Shwartzman heads the standings in Formula 2 going into the weekend with Callum Ilott in second and Christian Lundgaard in third.

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Both Shwartzman and Ilott have scored points in five of the six races so far with Lundgaard having scored in four races after having a difficult Hungarian Grand Prix weekend in which the Dane scored no points across the two races.

Four points behind Lundgaard in the standings is Mick Schumacher who will be interesting to watch this weekend as the German finally got a decent race weekend under his belt in Hungary as he managed to finish on the podium in both races.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton enters his home race leading the drivers’ championship having taken over the lead with victory in Hungary.

It feels like that if there is to be a prolonged title fight then Valtteri Bottas, who is second in the championship and currently five points behind Hamilton, needs to finish ahead of the Briton this weekend.

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The Mercedes drivers are two of four drivers going to Silverstone who have finished inside the points in the opening three races of the season. The other two are Sergio Perez, who is sixth in the championship, and Carlos Sainz who goes into the weekend ninth in the championship.

Third in the championship is the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who has finished on the podium in the last two races. The Dutchman is 25 points behind Bottas and 30 points behind Hamilton going into the weekend. His closest rival therefore is that of Lando Norris who is fourth in the championship, seven points behind Verstappen.

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Four points behind Norris is the other Red Bull of Alexander Albon who goes into the weekend having finished inside the top five in the last two races. The Thai driver is level on points with sixth placed Sergio Perez going into the weekend.

A further four points behind Albon and Perez is Charles Leclerc whose second place finish in the season opener is his only points finish of the season so far. The Monegasque driver is level on points with Lance Stroll after the Canadian followed up a seventh place finish at the Styrian Grand Prix with a fourth place finish in Hungary.

The other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel heads into the British Grand Prix weekend tenth in the championship having finished inside the points in two of the three races contested so far this season. Vettel’s closest rival in the championship is the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo who is one point behind the German having finished eighth in the last two races.

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After Kevin Magnussen was classified inside the points in Hungary it means that there are four drivers yet to score points this season, those being the two Williams of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell as well as the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen and the Haas of Romain Grosjean. Both Raikkonen and Latifi have come closest with an eleventh place finish each while Grosjean’s highest finish to date is thirteenth and Russell’s is sixteenth.

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