2020 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is likely to be an emotional one as Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1 return for the first time to Spa-Francorchamps since the Formula 2 feature race crash that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert and severely injured Juan Manuel Correa.

Formula 3

American Logan Sargeant leads the championship by one point from Oscar Piastri. Liam Lawson is third 31 points behind Piastri and 32 behind Sargeant.

There are only three events (six races) currently remaining in the 2020 season, including this weekend, therefore making it important for Sargeant and Piastri to maximise every weekend and ensure that any mistakes are avoided, both on the driver and team side.

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The need to maximise the remaining race weekends applies to all the drivers as they attempt to have a strong finish to the season. Such a driver in strong form going into this weekend is Jake Hughes who became the eighth different race winner this season after taking victory in Race 1 during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. The Briton has been classified inside the points in the last six races leaving him seven points behind sixth placed Frederick Vesti and 5.5 points ahead of Alex Pironi in eighth.

Formula 2

Callum Ilott leads the Formula 2 drivers’ championship by 18 points from Robert Shwartzman going into the weekend. Christian Lundgaard enters the weekend third in the championship 16 points behind Shwartzman and 34 points behind Ilott.

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Lundgaard will need a strong weekend in Belgium, not only to cut into the points gap that Ilott and Shwartzman have over him but to also create a bigger points gap to fourth placed Yuki Tsunoda who is five points behind the Dane going into the weekend. This will require a change in form for Lundgaard who has failed to finish inside the points in the last three races.

The 2020 Formula 2 season, with the Bahrain back to backs added, is at the halfway stage and therefore the Formula 2 drivers need to maximise every race weekend as they aim to finish as high as possible in the championship.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton enters the Grand Prix weekend leading the championship, 37 points clear of second placed Max Verstappen. Third in the championship is Valtteri Bottas who is six points behind Verstappen and 43 points behind teammate Hamilton.

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It is closer in the battle for fourth with Charles Leclerc currently occupying the position, five points ahead of Lance Stroll and Alexander Albon, who are fifth and sixth respectively, and six points ahead of Lando Norris. Stroll and Albon are the most in form of the quartet going into the weekend as the two have both been classified inside the points in the last five races.

Behind the quartet is Sergio Perez who returned at the Spanish Grand Prix having had to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. He finished fifth in Spain, his highest classified finish of the season to date and goes to a venue that the Silverstone based Racing Point have gone well at in previous seasons, during their many different iterations.

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