With the fourth round of this Euro-centric F1 calendar comes one of the sports’ most famous tracks: The British GP at Silverstone. This track has been home to some incredible races, and this year’s edition is sure to not disappoint.
The most obvious topic of this season has been Mercedes’ dominance. The Silver Arrows have had a first place finisher in each of the first three rounds, with Valtteri Bottas winning one race in Austria and Lewis Hamilton taking both the Styrian and Hungarian Grand Prix. With a 25 point gap from Bottas to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, it’s almost guaranteed that Mercedes will run away with a 7th Constructor’s Championship.
The midfield battles are also sure to be interesting. Racing Point has found success this season, but with Sergio Perez out with COVID-19, the team may see a reduction in talent with whatever replacement driver they select. McLaren will look to build on a strong start to their campaign, witb Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz sitting 4th and 9th in the Driver’s Championship respectively. Ferrari has some serious questions to answer regarding car perfomance, with the team at risk of falling to the third best team on the grid behind Red Bull Racing. Team principal Mattia Binotto will have to lead his to to a strong race at Silverstone, or the brass at Mugello may have to reconsider keeping Binotto for the 2020-21 season.
Further down the field, Haas, Alfa Tauri, Williams, Renault and Alfa Romeo will duke it out in the lower spots on the grid, with each driver for these teams showing promise but never pulling together a points finish. Most of these teams will have to figure out some crippling reliability issues that plagued them in the first three races of this season.
Many teams have proven their dominance, while others should be concerned with their recent performances. With all these factors, this race is sure to be an enthralling one as per usual at Silverstone Circuit.
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