After another action-packed race at Sochi, Formula 1 heads to the infamous Nurburgring in Germany for the 2020 Eifel GP. A first time for the hybrid cars, F1 returns to the historic track after 7 years.
A set straight out of horror movies, the Eifel GP will be in rainy, cold and windy conditions; which is bound to make it an interesting race weekend from 9-11th October.
Known as the Birthplace of the Silver Arrows, the Mercedes team will go into the weekend with a considerable advantage over other teams. “We’re very excited to go back to the Nurburgring,” said Toto Wolff, the team boss.
For Lewis Hamilton, this weekend provides opportunities to atone for his penalties at Sochi as well as finally equal Michael Schumacher’s record for the most wins (91), something the fans have been eagerly waiting for. As for his Finn partner, Valteri Bottas will make his 150th appearance while aiming to win back-to-back GPs for the first time in his career.
After a slight improvement in the last race, Ferrari will look forward to finishing strong in points positions and aim to contend for the constructor’s championship. A special race for Sebastian Vettel, as the German returns to the Nurburgring after winning in 2013. With fast corners throughout the track, the race will suit Ferrari and hopefully grant them a finish the fans have been yearning for.
Christian Horner and Red Bull head into the weekend with rather surprising news as their engine supplier, Honda, recently announced their exit after the 2021 season. While it may hamper their goals in the long run, the team is focused on the present. Max Verstappen will set his sights on winning the GP and not just splitting the two Silver Arrows as we have often seen.
Another record could be broken as Kimi Raikkonen is set to surpass Rubens Barrichello for most race starts in F1 history. As nonchalant as Kimi seems, even this record is bound to bring a smile to his face.
For the best of the rest, a rainy race weekend could provide for some feisty midfield battles. Sergio Perez of Racing Point is finally getting the much sought-after upgrades, giving him a better chance to finish in the top half and even challenge for the podium. As for his Canadian teammate, Stroll will intend on finishing the race as he starts, in one piece and without any damage to the car.
Astonishingly, Nico Hulkenburg is set to return again to Racing Point as their backup driver but this time to replace Lance Stroll as he was feeling under weather. As we all know, everyone wants Nico to get a podium and will the German win on his homeground? Only time will tell.
Nurburgring has always provided the F1 world with some wonderful races and the 2020 Eifel GP seems no less. With rainy and gloomy conditions, can this be a repeat of an exhilarating 2019 German GP?