2020 F1 preview: British Grand Prix

Formula One heads to England for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit. The 20 drivers on the grid will go 52 laps around the 3.66 mile-long course, which possesses multiple straightaways for passing and sharp corners to balance.

It should not be a surprise anymore that Mercedes is already dominating so far in the 2020 season.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are at the top of their game as they have combined to only miss the podium once, which was caused by Hamilton receiving a five-second penalty after the season opener at Red Bull Ring. Since then, Hamilton has won two races in a row, and Bottas has found his way to the podium in the last two races.

Still chasing the two Mercedes is Max Verstappen. The Red Bull Racing product has claimed two podiums so far this season and even beat Bottas in Hungary two weeks ago. He was involved in an accident with Sebastian Vettel in last year’s race at Silverstone that cost him a spot on the podium. He will start third on Sunday.

Speaking of Vettel, it has been a rough weekend for the Ferrari driver. He did not participate in the first practice due to an intercooler issue. In the two practices he did take part in, he was no faster than 14th. He did land 10th on the starting grid, which is not ideal for Ferrari standards, but could give him the confidence to rally for a solid points day.

His teammate in Charles Leclerc, on the other hand, has shown top-five speed all weekend long and will roll off fourth on Sunday. He will be in the running for a podium as he finished third in last year’s British Grand Prix. However, he only has one race where he scored points this year (Hungarian GP). He will need a great points day at Silverstone.

Nico Hulkenberg returns to F1 after not landing a ride at the start of the 2020 season. He came in on late notice for Racing Point as Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In nine races at Silverstone, he has scored eight top-10 finishes, but no podiums. He will start 13th.

Williams’ George Russell was set to start 15th on Sunday, but the stewards handed him a five-spot grid penalty after speeding under yellow flag conditions. He will roll off the grid last.

If you are in the United States, you can watch the race on ESPN at 9:10 a.m. EST.

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