British Grand Prix kicks off but with no Perez
Race 4 at Silverstone
Get ready for Race 4 as Formula One pumps the throttle at Silverstone.
Racers will grind the tarmac for the first time this weekend, for the Pirelli British Grand Prix this Saturday.
The race season kicked into gear earlier this month with Races 1 and 2, blasting through the 4.3-kilometre Spielberg circuit in Austria. That was closely followed as Race 3 screeched through the Hungaroring outside Budapest, Hungary, a circuit likened more to a karting track because of its dinky corners and short straight sections.
We’re still early in the F1 season but the Mercedes team and their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, have taken a commanding lead in the points table. Finlander, Bottas came first in Race 1, second in Race 2 and third in Race 3 with 58 racing points. Hamilton currently leads the table with 63 points and two wins in Races 2 and 3.
The Mercedes’ team are closely followed by Dutchman Max Verstappen from Red Bull Racing Honda, with 33 points, Lando Norris of McLaren Renault (26) and Verstappen’s team-mate Alexander Albon (22).
(All data visualised above has been taken from the Formula One website and is the property of its respective owners.)
Enter the Hülk?
Mexican driver Sergio Perez will be unable to race in this weekend’s Grand Prix, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced (30th July).
That’s left the ‘Pink Mercedes’ team with a key driver’s seat to fill.. but that might be about to change.
The team is turning to fan favourite and former Force India and Renault driver, Nico Hülkenberg.
Hülkenberg is said to have been seen in and around the Racing Point factory on Thursday, where he was alleged to have had a seat fitting. Should all go to plan, the German will be in the RP20, practising for Sunday’s race.
The fan favourite has raced in 177 Formula One races but has not managed to clinch a podium position. This may well be his time.
Hülkenberg raced with Force India in 2012 and between 2014 and 2016. He was previously rumoured to be returning to Renault but lost out to the manufacturer sticking with Fernando Alonso, the double world champion (2005 & 2006).
— BWT Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) July 31, 2020
British Grand Prix schedule –
Practice 1 – July 31st – 12:00 – 13:30
Practice 2 – July 31st – 16:00 – 17:30
Practice 3 – August 1st – 12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying – August 1st – 15:00 – 16:00
Race Day – August 2 – 15:10 – 17:10
(All times in Central European Time)
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