2020 Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix Preview

This weekend Formula 1 is due to be in action at the Nurburgring for the latest round of the 2020 season.

Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship 44 points ahead of teammate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas. Completing the top three in the championship is Max Verstappen who is 33 points behind Bottas and 77 points behind Hamilton.

Hamilton will be looking to recover from a difficult Russian Grand Prix, despite still managing to finish third. Having gone earlier in the season finishing inside the top two in six consecutive races, the Briton has finished inside the top two only once in the last three races.

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Bottas will be looking to cut the points gap to Hamilton even further at the Nurburgring having finished ahead of his teammate in two of the last three races. The Finn has also managed to finish ‘ahead’ of Verstappen in the last four races, although two of those Bottas was helped by Verstappen retiring. The Dutchman claimed his seventh podium finish of the season at Sochi.

Lando Norris is fourth in the championship 63 points behind Verstappen. Norris is however only one point ahead of Alexander Albon after the Briton failed to finish inside the top ten in Sochi while Albon finished tenth. Close behind the two in the championship is Daniel Ricciardo who finished inside the top six for the fourth consecutive race in Sochi.

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There is a six point gap between Ricciardo and the duo of Charles Leclerc and Lance Stroll. Leclerc had another strong Grand Prix in Russia where he finished sixth while Stroll failed to finish for the third time in 2020. One point behind Leclerc and Stroll is Sergio Perez who finished fourth last time out, the Mexican having scored points in every race he has entered this season.

Perez has an 11 point lead over Pierre Gasly who rebounded from retiring at Mugello with a top ten finish in Sochi. Four points behind the Frenchman is Carlos Sainz who will be looking to finish inside the top ten this weekend having failed to finish in the last two Grand Prix.

Five points behind Sainz is Esteban Ocon who claimed his sixth points finish of the season in Sochi. He has a 19 point advantage over Sebastian Vettel who is directly behind him in the championship.

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Daniil Kvyat is three points behind Vettel going into this weekend having been classified inside the points in the last three races. Vettel has only scored one point compared to Kvyat’s 12 across the three races prior to the coming weekend’s Grand Prix.

Lastly a note also on the battle for third in the Constructors’ Championship, currently occupied by McLaren, who have a two point advantage over Racing Point heading to the Nurburgring. However seven points behind McLaren and five behind Racing Point is Renault who enter the weekend off the back of their fourth double points finish of the season. The French team have managed to get both cars classified in the points in three of the last four races, compared to Racing Point’s two and McLaren’s one across the same period.

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