2020 Eifel Grand Prix: Preview
Preview of the Eifel Grand Prix
After Valtteri Bottas stormed to victory at the Russian Grand Prx last time out Formula One heads to the Nurburgring for the Eifel Grand Prix this weekend. The German circuit will be welcomed back to the calendar in 2020 after a 7 year absence. Sebastian Vettel was the last F1 driver to take victory in the Eifel mountains back in 2013. The Nurburgring has also played host to some other memorable moments such as Lewis Hamilton's dramatic victory in 2011 and Mark Webbers inaugural win back in 2009.
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The Nurburgring is a fast and flowing circuit buried within the Eifel Mountains. 15 corners and 5.5Km of tarmac will test the driver and his car to their absolute limits this weekend. Expect plenty of overtaking into the heavy braking zones of Turn one and Turn thirteen, both overtaking spots are preluded by long DRS Zones. The first sector of the Lap provides a different challenge altogether due to its twisty nature.
As Formula One hasn't touched the Nurburgring in 7 years it will be very difficult to predict a winner however the Mercedes has looked strong on every circuit we've been to so far this season and I expect more of the same from the W11 this weekend.
The Eifel Grand Prix will also be a special one for a couple of young drivers currently in Formula 2. F2 Championship leader Mick Schumacher has been brilliant so far this season with two victories and numerous Podiums to his name. The reward for all of Schumachers hard work so far in 2020 will be an FP1 outing in the Alfa Romeo F1 car at the Nurburgring. The Ferrari Academy driver will be looking to make a good impression and maybe even claim a full time F1 drive next year.
Fellow F2 Championship hopeful Callum Illot will also be given an FP1 run out this week. This British driver is also part of the Ferrari Academy just like Schumacher and has been awesome all year in F2. Ilot will be given the pleasure of the driving the Haas in FP1.
The weather could also have a big role to play this weekend with the Eifel Mountains extremely susceptible to cold temperatures especially at this time of year in early October. With all this in mind the Eifel Grand Prix should be a brilliant event.