Tiff at Tamburello: Predictions for the Imola Grand Prix
A shorter race weekend means wilder predictions.
If you missed our predictions from last week, fear not! You can read them all by clicking on the link below:
Kiran and I are back again to put our heads together and come up with what we think will happen at the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend. A Formula 1 Grand Prix was last held here in 2006 which means that it's pretty new for everyone on the 2020 grid. Plus, due to scheduling, the race weekend will be only two days long instead of three, which means there will be less time for the drivers to practice and to get to know the circuit. So with all this in mind, Kiran and I still managed to find a way to disagree on everything. Read on to find out what we think will happen this weekend.
WHO'S WILL WIN THE GRAND PRIX?
Charles Leclerc - I'm starting off with a bold one here. Leclerc proved he's one of the strongest drivers on the grid last time out in Portugal when he finished in fourth place - quite the achievement given the state of Ferrari's car this year. With two podiums already to his name this year and with Imola having the potential to be a crazy race, there might be some upset for Mercedes. If that is the case, Leclerc is good at keeping his head down and getting on with the job at hand. You never know...
Max Verstappen - I predict (for one more time till I'm right) that he will win. He loves a challenge and the narrow, quick Imola circuit will suit him and the ever-improving Red Bull. Expect an out of the bag performance from him.
WHO WILL RETIRE FIRST FROM THE RACE?
Lance Stroll - having either retired from or not started the last four races, he seems to be on a roll of not doing well at the moment. My crystal ball tells me that this will continue into this weekend and that Stroll will be the first to retire from the race. If not, Grosjean hasn't retired (apart from retiring from Haas at the end of this year) for a while so he's my back-up prediction.
Pierre Gasly - If you have a great race in the midfield, you're almost certainly brought down to Earth on lap 1 of the next race and that curse is going to strike Gasly now.
HOW QUICK WILL THE FASTEST PIT STOP BE?
1.9 Seconds - and this will be done by the current World Record holders that are Red Bull. They just really have it nailed down at the moment and I think they'll be the quickest again this weekend.
2.07 Seconds - which will be done by Red Bull during a pit stop for Alex Albon.
BOLD PREDICTION FOR THE WEEKEND:
George Russell will score his first Championship Points - yes I know I've said if before but if I say it enough times, it might happen. Williams have been improving pace wise and George was running in 7th place for a large part of the Portuguese Grand Prix. A combination of his excellent driving and some mishaps for others could mean we finally get to see him finish inside the top 10 this weekend.
There will be 2 Safety Cars during the Grand Prix - Someone or other is definitely going to try a pass into Rivazza and have a gravel picnic. And another safety car later on because someone will stop near the track.
What do you think of our predictions? Agree or disagree with us? Or do you have a completely different opinion? Let us know in the comments below. And if you have any questions that you want us to debate on, please feel free to leave them in the comments too and we'll choose the best ones to include in the next part of this series.