2020 F1 preview: Belgian Grand Prix

After a week off, Formula 1 returns to action with the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps.

Last year, Charles Leclerc held off Lewis Hamilton as he led wire-to-wire to win his first career grand prix while his Ferrari teammate, Sebastian Vettel, finished fourth.

Ferrari found success last season as Leclerc and Vettel finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the driver’s standings and Ferrari finished second in constructor points.

Ferrari has struggled this season as they currently place fifth in constructor points. Leclerc is fourth in the driver standings while Vettel is 11th.

This weekend has started off poorly for Ferrari. In the final practice, Leclerc finished 17th while Vettel finished in last place. Leclerc and Vettel qualified in 13th and 14th place, vaulting both outside the top 10 for the start of the race.

Hamilton has continued to dominate this season with four wins in six races, placing 38 points ahead of Max Verstappen in the points standings. Hamilton will start on the pole after qualifying half a second better than Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Verstappen won three weeks ago at Silverstone and has finished on the podium in every race after crashing out of the opening race at Austria. Verstappen will start third.

Daniel Ricciardo will start fourth, followed by Alexander Albon at fifth. Ricciardo’s Renault teammate Esteban Ocon will start sixth. Carlos Sainz will start seventh.

Two weeks ago in the Spanish Grand Prix, Racing Point had a strong showing. Lance Stroll finished fourth and Sergio Perez, who returned after missing Silverstone with a positive COVID-19 test, finished fifth. Perez and Stroll will start eighth and ninth respectively.

Lando Norris rounds out the top 10.

Coverage for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST. You can catch the race on ESPN if you are in the United States.

Starting grid: https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1051/belgium/starting-grid.html

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