2020 F1 preview: 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

For the second consecutive weekend in a row, Formula 1 will head to Silverstone Circuit for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Last week at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix, utter chaos broke out during the last few laps as Valtteri Bottas blew a tire while running in second, dropping him out of the top 10. After Carlos Sainz suffered a flat tire, the same happened to race leader Lewis Hamilton. He was able to hold off Max Verstappen by five seconds as he crossed the finish line with three tires. Verstappen pitted after Bottas lost his tire to ensure the same didn’t happen to him, giving Hamilton the cushion, he needed to secure his third victory of the season.

Despite the rough result last weekend, this has been a great week so far for Bottas. He secured his place with Mercedes for the 2021 season and in qualifying, he took the pole over his teammate Hamilton. Hamilton’s future is still up in the air with Mercedes as a contract extension is not a priority for him currently. Bottas has a chance to win his second race of the season as the pole starter with him winning the Austrian Grand Prix wire-to-wire. Hamilton leads Bottas by 30 points in overall points.

Nico Hulkenberg is starting third, an incredible achievement for him. He has temporarily taken over for Racing Point with Sergio Perez recovering from the coronavirus. Last week, his race ended before it began as he car could not start prior to the formation lap, sending him to the garage. He rebounded in this week’s practices and qualifying, finishing fourth in the first and final practices. In qualifying, he finished third, ahead of Verstappen.

Verstappen will start fourth as he trails second-place Bottas by six points in the standings.

Daniel Ricciardo has found a lot of success at Silverstone as last week, he passed Lando Norris to finish fourth. In the second practice, he finished third and fifth in qualifying. Lance Stroll finished fifth in the last two practices and sixth in qualifying.

Pierre Gasly will start seventh. Charles Leclerc will start eighth as he has taken two podiums on the season, including a third-place finish last week. Alexander Albon and Norris round out the top 10.

Sebastian Vettel will start 11th as his frustrating season with Ferrari continues. He is 13th in overall points, behind Gasly and Ocon.

Coverage for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST. You can catch the race on ESPN.

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