F1 2020 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

© J. Francois Barnard – August 9, 2020

The Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020 is a one-off Grand Prix race to commemorate the 70 years of the Formula One World Championship. It was held at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom, only one week after the 2020 British Grand Prix.

The first practice session came and went with Mercedes topping the charts. Bottas was the fastest, followed by Hamilton in second place. Verstappen came in third. In the second session, Hamilton and Bottas switched places and Ricciardo came third. Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari engine failed towards the end of the session, as did the Ferrari engine of Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo. The third practice session ended with Hamilton and Bottas finishing first and second respectively, and Lando Norris from McLaren came third. Mercedes's dominance is evident in 2020.

The only usual thing to see during qualifying was that Mercedes locked out the front row with Bottas first and Hamilton second. Most unusual was to see Nico Hülkenberg qualifying in third place! As was the case one week earlier, Hülkenberg was standing in for Sergio Pérez who contracted the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It makes one wonder why Hülkenberg does not have a permanent position in a Formula One car?

Another unusual sight was to see Kimi Räikkönen qualifying last in his Alfa Romeo.

The race started with clean getaways from Bottas and Hamilton, and Verstappen immediately attacked and passed Hulkenberg for third place. Sebastian Vettel made another rookie mistake ("I did a mistake") by spinning his Ferrari around at turn one. He rejoined the race in the last place to find himself amongst the backmarkers where he is, apparently, in good company.

It was soon apparent that Mercedes had tyre trouble again. Bottas pitted from the lead on lap 13, and Hamilton on lap 14. Verstappen made use of his clean air and led the race from there. Even though the Mercedes cars were faster, their tyre blistering prevented them from retaking the lead.

Verstappen pitted on lap 26, and Bottas took the lead. But Verstappen soon took it away again.

Verstappen and Bottas made second pits stops for hard tyres, and Leclerc moved up to fifth place after Hülkenberg pitted. In an attempt not to suffer from tyre failure again like a week earlier, Hamilton pitted on lap 42, ending up behind Leclerc. He quickly passed Leclerc to take third place.

Meanwhile, Magnussen was retired due to a tyre shortage. It was too dangerous for him to continue.

Hülkenberg suffered from vibrations in his car and pitted again, and thus dropped to seventh place. Bottas suffered from worn tyres, and Hamilton caught up with him, overtaking him on the DRS straight before Brooklands on lap 50.

2020 70th aniversay verstappen wins at silverstone

Photo credit: Bryn Lennon/EPA in The Guardian

Verstappen's well-deserved win at Silverstone came in 11 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

The race classification:

Position Driver Constructor Grid Points
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 4 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 19
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1 15
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 8 12
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 9 10
6 Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 6 8
7 Nico Hülkenberg Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 3 6
8 Esteban Ocon Renault 14 4
9 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 10 2
10 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 16 1

The 2020 Driver Standings

Lewis Hamilton

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Valtteri Bottas

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Max Verstappen

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Sergio Pérez

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Daniel Ricciardo

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Carlos Sainz

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Alexander Albon

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Charles Leclerc

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Lando Norris

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Pierre Gasly

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Lance Stroll

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Esteban Ocon

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Sebastian Vettel

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Daniil Kvyat

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Nico Hulkenberg

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Kimi Räikkönen
 

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Antonio Giovinazzi
 

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George Russell
 

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Romain Grosjean

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Kevin Magnussen

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Nicholas Latifi

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Jack Aitken
 

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Pietro Fittipaldi
 

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Team Standing

Mercedes

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Red Bull Racing

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McLaren

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Racing Point

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Renault

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Ferrari

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AlphaTauri

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Alfa Romeo Racing

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Haas F1 Team

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Williams

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