2020 Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Formula 1 contest its first Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park Circuit since 2011.

Lewis Hamilton could finish the weekend having secured his seventh Drivers’ Championship. The Briton is 85 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas with only 78 points available after the weekend’s Grand Prix. Bottas has failed to outscore Hamilton in the last three races with Hamilton entering the weekend having won four of the last five races.

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Max Verstappen is third in the championship and is 35 points behind Bottas after suffering his fourth retirement of the season last time out at Imola. The Dutchman does however have a 67 point advantage over Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.

Fourth in the Drivers’ Championship is one of the more exciting battles with Ricciardo ten points ahead of Charles Leclerc in fifth heading to Turkey. Three points behind Leclerc is Sergio Perez. All three finished inside the top six at Imola with Ricciardo claiming his second podium with Renault while Leclerc finished fifth and Perez was sixth.

Perez has a 13 point advantage over seventh placed Lando Norris who brought to an end a run of three non scoring races by finishing eighth last time out. The Briton has a four point advantage over teammate Carlos Sainz who is directly behind him in the championship. One point behind Sainz is Alexander Albon who once again endured a difficult Grand Prix at Imola where the Red Bull driver ultimately finished down in fifteenth.

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Albon hasn’t scored points in the last three races prior to this weekend’s Grand Prix and is only one point ahead of Pierre Gasly who is directly behind him in the championship. Gasly qualified well in Imola but was forced to retire early on. The Frenchman has a six point advantage over Lance Stroll in eleventh who has failed to score points in the last four races he has contested.

The Canadian has a 17 point advantage over Esteban Ocon who was also forced into retirement last time out. The Renault driver does have a 14 point advantage over Daniil Kvyat who claimed his best result of the season at Imola, the Russian finishing fourth. The AlphaTauri driver has an eight point advantage over Sebastian Vettel who, in part due to a botched pit stop, finished outside of the points in Imola.

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Mercedes clinched the Constructors’ Championship in Imola and goes into the weekend with a 253 point gap over second placed Red Bull. There is then a 91 point gap between the Austrian team and third place.

Third is the main battle in the Constructors’ Championship with the position currently occupied by Renault. The French manufacturer is only one point ahead McLaren and Racing Point, who are tied on 134 points each.

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Ferrari are 31 points behind McLaren and Racing Point and have a 14 point advantage over AlphaTauri who are seventh. The Faenza based team have an 81 point advantage over Alfa Romeo, the Swiss based team managing to get both cars classified in the points at Imola for the first time this season. It means Alfa Romeo have a five point gap over Haas who failed to score any points last time out.

Williams are currently last in the Constructors’ Championship, three points adrift of Haas having once again come close to scoring points in Imola, notably with George Russell who unfortunately crashed out of a points position while attempting to keep temperatures in his tyres under safety car conditions. The Briton and his team will be hoping to bounce back in Turkey and register points in at least one of the four remaining Grand Prix of the 2020 season.

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