The Eifel Grand Prix Returns in Nurburgring this week and will consist of eccentric high speed corners, uphill tracks and wild plunge downs. Giulio Magliano previews this 60-lap race at the famous 5km track in Nürburg, Germany.
Eifel Grand Prix Schedule
The Eifel Grand Prix is located in the town of Nürburg and was built around the village and medieval castle in the Eifel mountains.
Friday – Practice 1 – 10:00 BST, Practice 2 – 14:00 BST
Saturday – Practice 3 – 11:00 BST, Qualifying – 14:00 BST
Sunday – Race – 13:10 BST
The current standings for the F1 Drivers
Current standings for the F1 Construction Teams
- Red Bull
- Racing Point
- Alfa Romeo
How can I watch the Eifel Grand Prix?
Sky Sports F1 HD
Relevant News Regarding the Eifel Grand Prix
Honda’s Shocking withdrawal from Formula One
Last Friday ahead of a non-race weekend, the Japanese manufacturer Honda announced that they will not be in Formula 1 after 2021. This news came as a shock to many Formula 1 stakeholders as many thought they have made significant progress with the Red Bull and Toro Rosso team, helping them to climb up the Constructor rankings.
The Relationship between the teams seemed to go very well, but Honda wants to distribute resources and focus on carbon neutrality.
Current regulations state that Renault, the former manufacturer of Red Bull, must give them a power-unit in 2022, but both teams parted ways egregiously and are not keen on working together again.
The penalty points system
Another major talking point going into the Eifel Grand Prix was the penalty point system regarding the severity of punishments and the potential consequences. Different violations carry different points, but the biggest one is undoubtedly is the automatic one-race ban if the driver gets 12 points within a 12-month period.
The Upside of the Ferrari Team and the Chance for Vettel
Ferrari is continuing their path to get back into mix after the positive performance they put in Sochi with Leclerc reaching sixth place. After bringing an upgrade package of their SF1000 to the Russian Grand Prix, which has brought in the best result in five races, the team are also planning to bring additional parts for the Eifel Grand Prix.
“We’ll have a few more upgrades in Nurburgring, but again not major. But still for us, I think it’s important [for] our competitiveness. [The upgrades] will focus mainly on the diffuser for the remaining part of the season.” -Mattia Binotto
I believe that Sebastian Vettel would want to put in a much better performance than he did in Sochi by finishing 13th. He wants to step up his game and display an impressive performance in his home country by maybe reaching the podium for the first time this season.
Perez finally getting a Racing Point Package Upgrade for the Eifel Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez will get the best package that Racing point has to offer after they allocated the pervious upgrade to his teammate Lance Stroll, who crashed into the barriers in the first lap. Now Racing Point had enough time to manufacture two sets of the recent upgrades. However, the team could not gather enough data from the package due Stroll’s previous performance, but they believe that both drivers have the capabilities to bring pressure to the big teams.
Weather forecast and predictions
The weather could play a key role this weekend with a high chance of rain and low temperatures that could this weekend’s race very interesting with wet weather tyres. Then again, Friday during practice is the most likely chance of rain, whereas on qualifying and race day it’s more moderate.
Lewis Hamilton again seems to be the most likely to win the Grand prix this week, ahead of Bottas and Verstappen. However, many drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Alex Albon are closing the gap between the top three. In addition, Racing point is continuously improving their positions and Ferrari seems to have reached a turning point where they challenge for the top again!
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