2020 Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Preview

Following on from the British Grand Prix Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 are due to once again be in action at Silverstone this weekend for what is officially called the ’70th Anniversary Grand Prix’.

Formula 3

Oscar Piastri leads the championship 17 points ahead of Logan Sargeant. Piastri finished second in the first race of the weekend before being forced into retirement in the second. Sargeant meanwhile finished third in the first race and followed this up with fifth as well as securing points for fastest lap in the second race.

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Third in the championship is David Beckmann who followed up his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with a similar pair of results at the British Grand Prix as the German finished inside the top ten in the first race and then went on to claim victory in the second. Once again Beckmann was slightly fortuitous in the second race after initial race winner Aleksandr Smolyar was penalised for weaving which saw the Russian end up being classified in sixth.

Formula 2

Robert Shwartzman goes into the Grand Prix weekend in the lead of the Formula 2 championship. The size of his lead has however been reduced down to eight points after the Russian failed to score any points across the weekend.

Callum Ilott is the Russian’s nearest challenger and reduced the points gap after finishing fifth in the feature race. Ilott could have been going into this weekend as the points leader after charging up to second in the sprint race and looking likely to take the lead before spinning out, despite being handed a five second penalty.

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Third in the championship is Christian Lundgaard who finished fourth in the feature race and then finished second in the sprint race. The Dane is four points behind Ilott and 12 points behind Shwartzman ahead of this weekend.

The Formula 2 British Grand Prix weekend saw two drivers claim their maiden victories in the series with Nikita Mazepin winning the feature race while Dan Ticktum claimed victory in the sprint race. It brings the number of different drivers to have won a race this season up to seven across the eight races contested so far.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton enters the second race weekend to be held at Silverstone with a 30 point advantage over nearest rival Valtteri Bottas. This after Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, despite a left front tyre de-lamination.

A similar issue befell both Bottas and the McLaren of Carlos Sainz which severely jeopardised their race with Bottas falling from second down to eleventh while Sainz was on for a top five finish ultimately being classified in thirteenth.

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Third in the championship is Max Verstappen who finished second and claimed the point for fastest lap. It means the Dutchman is only six points behind Bottas going into the weekend.

Lando Norris is still fourth in the championship after avoiding the issues that befell other drivers such as his teammate to finish the British Grand Prix fifth. The Briton is only three points ahead of fifth placed Charles Leclerc who secured his second podium finish of the season last weekend.

The British Grand Prix weekend was overshadowed slightly by the news that Sergio Perez had tested positive for COVID-19 and was therefore forced to withdraw from the race weekend. It meant that he was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg who unfortunately was unable to start the race due to an issue with the car.

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The sole remaining Racing Point of Lance Stroll finished ninth, taking the Canadian to within two points of Perez in the championship. More concerning for the Canadian is the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo who moved level on points with Stroll after the Australian benefited from the carnage in the last few laps to finish fourth. Ricciardo enters the weekend ninth in the championship with a five point advantage over tenth placed Carlos Sainz.

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