By News Team
6th August 2020
Silverstone plays host to the second of two back-to-back Grands Prix to be held there during the 2020 season this weekend.
The race marks the 70th anniversary of Formula 1, which had its first race at this venue in 1950, and has held 1,022 races this then, spanning 32 countries.
It’s an event that Mercedes have dominated since the turn of the decade, winning on seven of the last eight visits.
Mercedes to dominate once more?
Mercedes’ dominance so far this season is likely to continue throughout the campaign. They have the fastest car considerably and drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas sit first and second respectively in the Drivers’ Standings, sharing the four race wins so far this season between them.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen came close to an unlikely victory last week following the punctures to both Mercedes and has managed to put himself on the front row of the grid twice already this season. Whether he has the pace to outdo his rivals this weekend remains to be seen, but he is 8/1 to claim victory.
Leclerc set for another podium?
As we saw last weekend, tyre degradation will likely play a major role in the race. Tyre manufacturers Pirelli concluded that long-stints and unprecedented forces resulted in the three late tyre blowouts that cost Bottas and Carlos Sainz their chance at points. They are still expected to introduce softer compounds for this week’s race, so expect shorter stints and more pit stops in the race.
Despite the tyre blowout for Sainz, McLaren and Lando Norris have been the success story so far this season. Norris finished fifth on Sunday and sits fourth in the Drivers’ Standings heading into this weekend. Tyre issues aside, he and Sainz look well set for a points finish.
Renault also looked significantly improved last weekend, with Daniel Ricciardo scoring the team’s highest finish since Italy 2019 by taking fourth place and Esteban Ocon taking an impressive sixth place. They’ll be hoping for another strong points finish with Ferrari still struggling. Sainz, Norris and Ricciardo all to finish in the points is priced at 17/10.
Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, took his second podium of the season last weekend by finishing third. He seems to be able to extract a better race pace from his car than teammate Sebastian Vettel, who could only manage 10th. Although a victory seems unlikely, he could be in line for another podium, which is priced at 9/2.