By News Team
8th October 2020
This weekend Formula 1 is back in Germany and, more specifically, at the Nürburgring for the Eifel Grand Prix.
This is the first time the sport has been at the track since Sebastian Vettel won there in 2013 for Red Bull. It’s a track rich with motorsport history with legends such as Jackie Stewart, James Hunt and Michael Schumacher all being successful at variations of the circuit over the years.
Only two of the current drivers on the grid, Lewis Hamilton and Vettel, have won at the Nürburgring before but Kimi Raikkonen has started from pole twice.
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A record-equalling weekend for Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton missed out on equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time F1 win record in Sochi two weeks ago but he’s not one to stay off the top spot for long and will be desperate to tie the German’s landmark tally of 91 wins on Sunday. He’s the 4/9 favourite to do just that with victory in Germany.
That race in Sochi was over before it began for the Brit, who was penalised with two five-second time penalties before the race. This allowed his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, to claim victory and silence his critics.
Another record held by Schumacher is the Nürburgring track record (1:29.468) and this 14-year landmark could also be broken this weekend. Hamilton is 6/5 to get the fastest lap and eclipsing this record is far from an unrealistic feat. Hamilton both won and set the fastest lap here in 2011 and managed to start in pole in 2013.
Bottas wasn’t the big name that he is now seven years ago. He was driving for Williams during the 2013 Grand Prix, only managing 17th in qualifying while finishing 16th in the feature race. The Finn has improved since then and is currently sitting in the best car on the grid. After his strong victory last week, he is currently second in the market at 7/2 for victory on Sunday.
The last team to win at the track were Red Bull and you can never rule out Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is already a Grand Prix winner this season and has had a tough few weeks with multiple retirements before stepping onto the second step of the podium at Sochi. He’s 4/1 to claim back-to-back Nürburgring victories for Red Bull.
The best of the rest
The midfield battle has taken this season by storm and is arguably the focal point of the current campaign. Behind Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen is the tightest midfield battle in recent years.
McLaren, Racing Point and Renault have been battling most weeks with AlphaTauri hot on their heels. Both McLaren and Racing Point have put a driver on the podium while AlphaTauri won just the second Grand Prix in their history at Monza through Pierre Gasly.
Lance Stroll has been unable to make an impact with the new Racing Point upgrades due to the issues both at Mugello and Sochi. He finished a healthy third the race before these two retirements so will be wanting to get back into form here. He is 11/1 to finish on the podium this weekend while team-mate Sergio Perez is 7/2 off the back of a brilliant fourth last time out.
Points finishes for the veterans?
Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, has been the talk of the paddock recently, with much speculation as to whether he will be racing in Formula 1 next season or hanging up his gloves.
Raikkonen has finished on the podium at the Nürburgring previously, most recently with Lotus. He has shown in the previous few Grands Prix that he still has the same grit and determination he had when he first entered the sport 20 years ago. He knows how to go fast around the circuit and Alfa Romeo have been getting quicker and quicker. He has a great chance of picking up more points and is currently priced at 6/1 to do so.
Joining Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen on the podium in 2013 was Romain Grosjean, also of the Lotus team. He is now in an incredibly underperforming Haas and is fighting for his seat. It may be a tough ask, but the Frenchman is in a very unique situation. The Formula 2 season is almost ending with three Ferrari juniors waiting for an F1 call-up. It’s a heated battle for seats, and if Grosjean wants to stay in F1 he will need some results. He is 10/1 to finish in the points this weekend.