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2020 Eifel Grand Prix

2020 Eifel Grand Prix
Race 11 of 17[a] in the 2020 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Nürburgring's GP-Strecke
Layout of the Nürburgring's GP-Strecke
Race details
Date 11 October 2020
Official name Formula 1 Aramco Großer Preis der Eifel 2020
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.148 km (3.199 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.617 km (191.765 mi)
Weather Partly cloudy
Attendance 13,500[1]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:25.269
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda
Time 1:28.139 on lap 60 (lap record)
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Red Bull Racing-Honda
Third Renault
Lap leaders

The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Aramco Großer Preis der Eifel 2020) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 October 2020 at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany on the 5.1-kilometre (3.2 mi) GP-Strecke layout. It was the first Formula One race held at the Nürburgring since 2013. The race was the eleventh round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship and the first running in history of the Eifel Grand Prix. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton from second on the grid. With the win, he equalled Michael Schumacher's record for most Grand Prix wins.

Background

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 championship was heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the originally planned Grands Prix were cancelled or postponed, prompting the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile to draft a new calendar. This was the first time since the 2013 German Grand Prix that the GP-Strecke layout hosted a Formula One Grand Prix.[2] Up to 20,000 fans were expected to attend the race with social distancing measures in place.[3]

Entrants

The drivers and teams were initially the same as the season entry list.[4]Ferrari Driver Academy drivers Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott were due to make their debuts in the first practice session, driving for Alfa Romeo Racing in place of Antonio Giovinazzi and for Haas in place of Romain Grosjean respectively.[5] The first practice session was ultimately cancelled, meaning that Schumacher and Ilott were unable to participate.[6]Nico Hülkenberg replaced Lance Stroll as he felt unwell before the third practice session and tested positive for the coronavirus on the day of the race.[7][8][9]

Tyres

Pirelli supplied their C2, C3 and C4 compound tyres for teams to use in the race, the middle range of compounds available in terms of hardness.[10]

Practice

The first practice session on Friday began at 11:00 CEST (UTC+2). However, rain and fog prevented the cars from leaving the pit lane as conditions were unsafe for the medical helicopter to fly. With 30 minutes of the session left to go, first practice was abandoned, and no running was completed.[6] The second practice session was due to start at 15:00 CEST on Friday, but was likewise cancelled.[11]Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was fastest in third practice ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. Racing Point driver Lance Stroll sat out the session due to COVID-19,[b][12] and later withdrew from the rest of the weekend.[13]

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:26.573 1:25.971 1:25.269 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.620 1:25.390 1:25.525 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:26.319 1:25.467 1:25.562 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:26.857 1:26.240 1:26.035 4
5 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:27.126 1:26.285 1:26.047 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:26.836 1:26.096 1:26.223 6
7 31 France Esteban Ocon Renault 1:27.086 1:26.364 1:26.242 7
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:26.829 1:26.316 1:26.458 8
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez 1:27.120 1:26.330 1:26.704 9
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:27.378 1:26.361 1:26.709 10
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.107 1:26.738 N/A 11
12 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1:27.072 1:26.776 N/A 12
13 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1:27.285 1:26.848 N/A 13
14 99 Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:27.532 1:26.936 N/A 14
15 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:27.231 1:27.125 N/A 15
16 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:27.562 N/A N/A 16
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:27.564 N/A N/A 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1:27.812 N/A N/A 18
19 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:27.817 N/A N/A 19
20 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 1:28.021 N/A N/A 20
107% time: 1:32.361
Source:[14][15]

Race

Race report

At the race start, Valtteri Bottas, who had started on pole position, and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton battled for the lead after Hamilton produced a better start, with Bottas maintaining his position. Renault's Daniel Ricciardo passed Red Bull's Alexander Albon for fifth place, and Ricciardo's teammate Esteban Ocon fell back from seventh to ninth. On lap eight Albon became the first driver to make a pit stop, switching from the soft to the medium-compound tyres. On the following lap, Ricciardo overtook the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc at turn two for fourth place. On lap 11, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, running in 10th place, spun at turn one during an overtake attempt on the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi. He returned to the track but the spin dropped him to 13th.

On lap 13, race leader Bottas locked up his brakes and ran wide at turn one, allowing Hamilton to pass him at turn two. Bottas entered the pits for a tyre change at the end of the lap. On the same lap, Alfa Romeo's Kimi Räikkönen attempted an overtake on the 19th-placed Williams of George Russell at turn one, but understeered into the side of Russell. This caused a puncture and suspension damage for Russell, who was forced to pull over to the side of the track at the exit of turn six and retire from the race. Räikkönen was later issued a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision, which he served during his pit stop. The virtual safety car (VSC) was deployed whilst Russell's car was recovered. Hamilton was able to extend his advantage over Bottas by making his pit stop during the VSC period, as was Red Bull's Max Verstappen who retained second place after pitting.

The VSC period ended on lap 17. AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat locked up his brakes and went straight on at the turn 13-14 chicane, allowing Albon to pass him for 10th place. However, Albon made contact with Kvyat's front wing whilst completing the overtake, breaking it off and forcing Kvyat to complete a full lap without it before returning to the pits. Shortly afterwards, third-placed Bottas complained of power loss and fell to seventh place before entering the pits to retire from the race.

Ocon entered the pits at the end of lap 22 to retire with a hydraulics issue. On the following lap, Albon was issued a five-second time penalty for causing the collision with Kvyat, however he came into the pits and retired his car due to a damaged radiator.[16]McLaren's Lando Norris began to report power loss on lap 26. Leclerc passed the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly for seventh place on lap 28, and was later promoted to fourth after cars ahead made their pit stops. He then battled with Racing Point's Sergio Pérez on lap 33, losing fourth place, regaining it on the following lap and then dropping to fifth again on lap 35.

At this point, drivers began to make their second pit stops, with Williams' Nicholas Latifi being the first, followed by Haas' Kevin Magnussen, Leclerc, Giovinazzi and Vettel. Norris, who was running in sixth place, suffered total power unit failure on lap 44 and pulled over to the side of the track after turn six. The safety car was deployed and those drivers who had not yet made a second pit stop did so, with the exception of Haas' Romain Grosjean who was promoted to seventh place. The order of the top 10 was now Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Pérez, Sainz, Leclerc, Grosjean, Gasly, Nico Hülkenberg and Giovinazzi. The safety car remained out until lap 50 to allow lapped cars to pass. Grosjean quickly fell to ninth place after the restart, and Gasly passed Leclerc for sixth place on the following lap.

Hamilton crossed the finish line to take his 91st race win, equalling seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher's record for most Grand Prix wins.[17] The race left Hamilton leading the drivers' championship on 230 points with teammate Bottas second on 161 and Verstappen third on 147.[18]

Räikkönen broke the record for most race starts with 323, held by Rubens Barrichello since the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix.[19][20]Daniel Ricciardo became the first Renault driver to finish on the podium since Nick Heidfeld at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. It was also his first podium since he won the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix.

During the post-race interviews, Mick Schumacher gave Hamilton his father Michael's race-worn Mercedes helmet from 2012 as a reward from the Schumacher family for equalling Michael's number of wins.[21]

Race classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 60 1:35:49.641 2 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 60 +4.470 3 191
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 60 +14.613 6 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez 60 +16.070 9 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 60 +21.905 10 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 60 +22.766 12 8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 60 +30.814 4 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 60 +32.596 20 4
9 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 60 +39.081 16 2
10 99 Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 60 +40.035 14 1
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 60 +40.810 11
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 60 +41.476 19
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 60 +49.585 15
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 60 +54.449 18
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 60 +55.588 13
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 42 Power unit 8
Ret 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 23 Radiator2 5
Ret 31 France Esteban Ocon Renault 22 Hydraulics 7
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18 Power unit 1
Ret 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 12 Collision 17
Fastest lap: Netherlands Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-Honda) - 1:28.139 (lap 60)
Source:[15][22][23]
Notes
  • ^1 - Includes one point for fastest lap.
  • ^2 - Alexander Albon received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Daniil Kvyat, but it was unapplied as he retired from the race.[22]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

  1. ^ The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic saw several Grands Prix cancelled or rescheduled. The revised calendar consisted of seventeen races.
  2. ^ Stroll had previously tested negative and would not test positive until the Monday after the race.
  3. ^ Racing Point was deducted 15 points after a protest from Renault was upheld regarding the legality of their car.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Hamilton wins to tie Schumacher's record". BellMedia.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "F1's revised 2020 schedule explained as 17 races confirmed". Sky Sports. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Eifel GP: Up to 20,000 fans can attend if coronavirus infections do not rise in Germany". BBC Sport. 21 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Eifel Grand Prix - Entry List" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Ferrari juniors Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott to make F1 practice debuts at Eifel GP". Formula1.com. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Bad weather at the Nurburgring prevents any running in first practice for the Eifel GP". Formula1.com. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Eifel Grand Prix - Decision - Driver change request car 18" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Super sub Hulkenberg to replace unwell Stroll for remainder of Eifel GP weekend". Formula1.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Benson, Andrew (21 October 2020). "Stroll tested positive after Eifel GP". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Tyre compound choices and set allocations for last seven Grands Prix of 2020". Pirelli.com. 9 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Weather prevents running in Eifel Grand Prix FP2 to cap action-less day at the Nurburgring". Formula1.com. 9 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Rodríguez, Roberto (22 October 2020). "El extraño positivo en COVID-19 de Lance Stroll en Nürburgring pone en duda todo el protocolo de la Fórmula 1". Motorpasión (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "FP3: Bottas quickest as Leclerc impresses for Ferrari and unwell Stroll misses the session". Formula1.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel 2020 - Qualifying". Formula1.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel 2020 - Starting Grid". Formula1.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "'There was more to come from Albon' before pierced radiator ended his Eifel GP, says Horner". formula1.com. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "Eifel Grand Prix 2020 race report and highlights: Hamilton matches Schumacher record with 91st win as Ricciardo claims first Renault podium". Formula1.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ a b c "Eifel 2020 - Championship". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Kimi Raikkonen becomes Formula 1's all-time most experienced driver". beyondtheflag.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "Statistics Drivers - Grands Prix - Chronology of the record". statsf1.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/152730/hamilton-given-schumacher-helmet-after-91st-win
  22. ^ a b "Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel 2020 - Race Result". Formula1.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel 2020 - Fastest Laps". Formula1.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ "Racing Point deducted 15 points and fined heavily as Renault protest into car legality upheld". formula1.com. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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