2020 F1 preview: Eifel Grand Prix

For the first time since 2013, Formula 1 will hold an event at the Nurburgring for Germany’s grand prix. Prior to the return at Nurburg, F1 competed at Hockenheim (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019). Due to this occurence, only eight active drivers in the 20-car field have ever competed on the Nurburg course.

While conditions have been cold and rainy throughout the early weekend, there is only a light chance of rain for Sunday afternoon’s race.

Regardless, Sunday’s race should deliver the unexpected as drivers were only able to hit the track on Saturday for final practice and the qualifying session.

It was business as usual for Mercedes as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row. This is Bottas’ third pole of 2020 and 14th pole of his career. In his solo outing at the Nurburgring, he finished 16th. As for Hamilton, this will be his fifth start at the Nurburgring. He won the 2011 grand prix back when he was driving for McLaren. Both drivers were the two quickest in the lone practice.

While Ferrari has shown little to no speed in 2020, Charles Leclerc has done everything in his power to score the maximum points he can on a given weekend. Not only does he have a chance to score a fair amount of points Sunday but he will be in contention to land on the podium as he starts fourth on the grid. Leclerc was fourth-fastest in the lone practice session.

Red Bull will sandwich Leclerc on the starting grid as Max Verstappen starts third and Alex Albon starts fifth. While Verstappen had identical pace in both qualifying and practice, Albon was only able to muster his car to a ninth-place run in practice.

Following Albon are the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon. Lando Norris, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz round out the top 10 on the starting grid.

Sebastian Vettel is the only other winner at the Nurburgring along with Hamilton, but he will start 11th.

Nico Hulkenberg will fill back in for Racing Point after Lance Stroll was ruled unfit to race due to a stomach ailment.

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For those in the United States, the Eifel Grand Prix will air on ESPN2 beginning at 8:10 a.m. EST.

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