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The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, officially known as the Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis Der Eifel 2020, was the eleventh race of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on 11 October 2020.[1] The race was the first to be held on the GP-Strecke at the Nürburgring since 2013, named the Eifel Grand Prix instead of the German Grand Prix.[1]

Heavy rain on Friday led to the first two free practice sessions being canceled. Valtteri Bottas took pole position and managed to hold onto the lead at the start, but he then locked up and allowed team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pass before retiring with an engine-related issue. Hamilton led until the end of the race and took his 91st race win, equaling Michael Schumacher's all-time record. Max Verstappen finished second while setting the fastest lap with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium, his first since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. Nico Hülkenberg, making his third weekend appearance of 2020 and was replacing an unwell Lance Stroll drove from 20th and last to finish in 8th place.

Background[]

Formula One made its return to the Nürburgring as part of a heavily revised 2020 campaign, as the Covid-19 Pandemic had caused the original schedule to be abandoned.[1] Racing on the GP-Strecke for the first time since 2013, the Nürburgring would play host to the Eifel Grand Prix rather than the German Grand Prix, which was under the authority of the Hockenheimring.[1] The 2020 Eifel Grand Prix would hence be the first, and most likely only rendition, of the new event, announced on 24 July 2020 alongside the restoration of the Portuguese Grand Prix, planned to run at the Algarve International Circuit. as well as the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.[1]

YouTube Future?[]

Ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix Formula One Management announced that the event would be livestreamed on YouTube in select European countries, which would include both qualifying and the race.[2] The move, which saw F1 sign a deal to partner with YouTube for the event, came as a test of how F1 could livestream future rounds, amid declining viewer numbers on conventional viewing platforms such as television.[2] However, there would be heavy restrictions on where the stream would be available, with only Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark granted access.[2]

A Ferrari Shootout[]

Elsewhere, Ferrari announced their plans to run three of their Driver Academy drivers in Free Practice, two of whom would get their first FP1 run outs at the Eifel Grand Prix with Ferrari's customer teams.[3] Those two would be Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott, the lead drivers in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2020, with Schumacher getting a run with Alfa Romeo, while Ilott made his FP1 debut with Haas.[3] The third FDA man on the list, Robert Shwartzman, would have to wait until the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to get his first FP1 run, although all three would try a 2018-spec Ferrari SF71H at Ferrari's Fiorano test track on 30 September.[3]

Departure of Honda[]

In the build-up to the race there was a surprise announcement from Honda on 2 October that they would be withdrawing from F1 at the end of the 2021 season.[4] The press release cited a desire from Honda to increase their "environmental initiatives" as the main reason for withdrawing from F1, with the Japanese manufacturer instead wishing to increase their fuel cell and electric powertrain research and development activities.[4] Their impeding withdrawal hence left Red Bull and AlphaTauri seeking a new powertrain supplier for the 2022 season, with the remaining engine suppliers Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault reluctant, or unable, to supply the two Austrian funded teams at the time of Honda's withdrawal.[4]

Sochi Spirits[]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6l V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6l V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes F1 M11 1.6l V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
37 Germany Mick Schumacher Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
50 United Kingdom Callum Ilott United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6l V6t P
Source:[5]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix are outlined below:

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

Grid[]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Valtteri Bottas 2
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 2 3 ______________
Max Verstappen 4
______________ Charles Leclerc
Row 3 5 ______________
Alexander Albon 6
______________ Daniel Ricciardo
Row 4 7 ______________
Esteban Ocon 8
______________ Lando Norris
Row 5 9 ______________
Sergio Pérez 10
______________ Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Row 6 11 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 12
______________ Pierre Gasly
Row 7 13 ______________
Daniil Kvyat 14
______________ Antonio Giovinazzi
Row 8 15 ______________
Kevin Magnussen 16
______________ Romain Grosjean
Row 9 17 ______________
George Russell 18
______________ Nicholas Latifi
Row 10 19 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 20
______________ Nico Hülkenberg

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 60 1:35:49.641 2 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 60 +4.470s 3 19FL
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 60 +14.613s 6 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 60 +16.070s 9 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 60 +21.905s 10 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 60 +22.766s 12 8
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 60 +30.814s 4 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 60 +32.596s 20 4
9 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 60 +39.081s 16 2
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 60 +40.035s 14 1
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 60 +40.810s 11
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 60 +49.585s 19
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 60 +49.585s 15
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 60 +54.449s 18
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 60 +55.588s 13
Ret 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 42 Engine 8
Ret* 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 23 Radiator 5
Ret 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 22 Hydraulics 7
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 18 Engine 1
Ret 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 12 Collision 17
WD 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes
Source:
  • * Albon received a 5-second penalty after a collision with Kvyat.
  • Stroll had withdrawn as he was sick during the third practice session. He later revealed that he was tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after withdrawing from the weekend [7].

Milestones[]

Standings[]

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'Formula 1 adds Portimao, Nurburgring and 2-day event in Imola to 2020 race calendar', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 24/07/2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.breaking-formula-1-adds-portimao-nurburgring-and-2-day-event-in-imola-to.CGyDtalz9hBwCojE2QGCI.html, (Accessed 29/09/2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Formula 1 partners with YouTube to livestream the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 31/07/2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.formula-1-partners-with-youtube-to-livestream-the-2020-eifel-grand-prix.2rcp4On6qzmgmsxum7D7mW.html, (Accessed 29/09/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'ILOTT, SCHUMACHER AND SHWARTZMAN TO MAKE GRAND PRIX WEEKEND DEBUT', ferrari.com, (Ferrari S.p.A. 29/09/2020), https://www.ferrari.com/en-EN/fda/articles/ilott-schumacher-and-shwartzman-to-make-grand-prix-weekend-debut?fbclid=IwAR3LDfjzgI-G1YwuSuatzypmm-LQ85VHXItJBw6Z0u4hT2aCE_ZKNA40EV4, (Accessed 29/09/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Honda to Conclude Participation in FIA Formula One World Championship', global.honda, (Honda Motor Co. Ltd., 02/10/2020), https://global.honda/newsroom/news/2020/c201002aeng.html, (Accessed 02/10/2020)
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  6. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
  7. Motorsport.com: Recovered Stroll tested COVID-19 positive after Eifel GP. Retrieved from https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/stroll-covid-positive-eifel-gp/4895018/
V T E 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRacing PointRed BullRenaultWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlbonBottasGaslyGiovinazziGrosjeanHamiltonHülkenbergKvyatLatifiLeclercMagnussenNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzStrollVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 23 Albon • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 51 P. Fittipaldi • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 89 Aitken • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers BuemiCâmaraDeletrazIlottKubicaR. NissanyMick SchumacherShwartzmanSirotkinTsunodaVandoorneVipsZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C39AlphaTauri AT01Ferrari SF1000Haas VF-20McLaren MCL35Mercedes W11Racing Point RP20Red Bull RB16Renault R.S.20Williams FW43
Tyres Pirelli
Races AustriaStyriaHungaryBritain70th AnniversarySpainBelgiumItalyTuscanyRussiaNürburgringPortugalImolaTurkeyBahrainSakhirAbu Dhabi
Cancelled Races AustraliaVietnamChinaNetherlandsMonacoAzerbaijanCanadaFranceSingaporeJapanUnited StatesMexicoBrazil
Tests Barcelona 1Barcelona 2
See also 2019 Formula One Season2021 Formula One SeasonCategory
V T E Germany Eifel Grand Prix
Circuits Nürburgring (2020–present)
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Races 2020
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