2020 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Preview

Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1 completes its latest triple header of races this weekend with the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

Formula 3

Prema Racing’s Logan Sargeant will start the weekend as the championship leader having taken over the lead from Oscar Piastri. This was thanks to Sargeant securing pole position and the victory in Race 1 while Piastri finished the second Silverstone race weekend with 11 points. There is however only one point separating the two with currently eight races remaining in the 2020 season.

Third in the championship is David Beckmann who is 23.5 points behind Sargeant and is 5.5 points ahead of fourth placed Liam Lawson after the German finished fifth and then fourth across the second Silverstone Grand Prix weekend.

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Another driver of note in the championship is Bent Viscaal who after impressing during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend finished the second Silverstone race weekend with eighth in Race 1 before going on to claim his maiden victory in the series in Race 2. It means the Dutchman enters the weekend tenth in the championship half a point ahead of Jake Hughes in eleventh and four points behind ninth placed Lirim Zendeli.

A mention for Zendeli as well who could have been the one to claim his maiden Formula 3 victory in Race 2 after an enthralling last lap battle with Viscaal over the race win. Zendeli instead had to settle for second, his second podium finish of the 2020 season. As mentioned the German has Viscaal directly behind him in the championship while Zendeli is two points behind eighth placed Alex Peroni.

Formula 2

Callum Ilott goes into the Spanish Grand Prix weekend with a 19 point lead over nearest challenger Christian Lundgaard. This after previous championship leader Robert Shwartzman suffered two horrible race weekend’s at Silverstone, coming away with only 4 points from the four races run at the circuit, to leave him third in the championship. The Russian is however only two points behind Lungaard.

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There are two drivers worth taking note of ahead of this weekend. The first is Yuki Tsunoda who secured his maiden victory in Formula 2 in last weekend’s sprint race, this having agonisingly missed out in Austria after issues with his radio. It sees the Japanese driver, backed by Honda and Red Bull, sixth in the championship two points behind Louis Deletraz in fifth and one point ahead of Mick Schumacher and Guanyu Zhou who currently are tied in seventh.

The other driver to mention is Jack Aitken who after a difficult start to the season goes into the Spanish Grand Prix weekend off the back of a double podium finish across the second Silverstone race weekend where the Briton finish third in the feature and sprint race.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship by 30 points going into the Grand Prix weekend. His nearest challenger is now Max Verstappen after the Dutchman won the second race at Silverstone after finishing second in the first. Third is occupied by Valtteri Bottas who is 34 points behind Hamilton and four behind Verstappen after finishing behind the pair in the second race at Silverstone.

The Spanish Grand Prix will likely provide a clearer picture as to whether there is a title fight of some sorts between a combination of Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas. It is closer in the battle over fourth in the championship however with the position currently occupied by Charles Leclerc who is seven points ahead of Lando Norris in fifth. It is not just a two way battle with Alexander Albon two points behind Norris and therefore nine behind Leclerc.

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Elsewhere on the grid, this weekend should see the return of Sergio Perez after the Mexican was forced to miss the recent Silverstone double header after testing positive for COVID-19. Should he return in Spain, he will resume his 2020 season eighth in the championship six points behind teammate Lance Stroll in seventh and two points ahead of ninth placed Daniel Ricciardo.

A quick mention on Nico Hulkenberg whose cameo in the 2020 season comes to an end for the moment. After failing to start the first Silverstone race the German went on to finish seventh in the second leaving him fourteenth in the championship.

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